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I am a Female SharePoint Developer (a platinum unicorn). I have been working with SharePoint since I attended the Portal University in 2005. I hold a BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I love playing Rockband, organizing user group meetings, working with code, attending events as a speaker or organizer, and having bizarre conversations about geek things with cool people. If you have any comments or questions fill out the contact form and I will try my best to help.

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Everyone is talking about Twitter and half the SharePoint Dev Community is using it (Lawrence Liu, Bil Simser, Alpesh Nakar, Matt Ranlett, etc...).  I joined Twitter a long time ago and never really used it.  I found it asinine and annoying at first, then a ton of devs joined.  So I started to actually post and keep up with what was going.  It is a neat little tool, because people post links for tools and blog entries that are not always aggregated in the places that I normally look.  Sometimes I can post something like "Hey I'm working with the Search Object Model what is the best blog entry to find information on how to create a custom query" and people will respond with useful information.  For the reason I love Twitter, because it connects to me to all these devs without using instant messenger.  I just get the impression from messenger that most people don't want to be bothered 75% of the time.  That is where Twitter is great, because you do not feel like you are pressuring someone to respond instantly.  So that is how I use Twitter as a Dev othertimes I just use it for social networking.
I was online tonight after an outage using some wifi in the area.  I posted about how there was a Comcast outage and how we had no idea what was going on or when it would get fixed.  Someone called "ComcastCares" started following me and told me if I sent him my number he could look up the account info.  After following him and sending him a dm with my phone number he ended up telling me what was going on exactly.  Usually when I call Comcast I get a vague response like the net is out it will be back up in 30 minutes (that is what my boyfriend got precisely when he called earlier).  So just when you are thinking about writing off Twitter think about this scenario and about the scenarios I listed above.  It is not just a really annoying social networking buzz word tool that all the annoying people will use.  It is actually a tool that is powerful in the right situations and scenarios.  Yes I know it has it's drawbacks, but nothing is perfect.  Look at SharePoint it's not perfect, but we all love it and hate it at times.  Overall though the benefits of SharePoint outweigh the negative side effects that can occur (i.e. someone adds 1,000 alerts on one document library and clogs the timer job - yeah this is one of my pet peeves).  So in conclusion you should accept and love Twitter like you accept and love SharePoint.  Also, remember it's only as good as the people that use it just like Facebook. Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 11:40 PM Personal , Life, The Universe, and Everything | Back to top

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