Since my last post on Twitter photographers, I have blessedly extended my network on Twitter. Most of my new followers/friends on Twitter are photographers, and every day there are more surfacing.
One of the unique functions of Twitter is the “favorite” button. By clicking the star button on the right of a tweet you can save it to your profile, like a bookmark. The photographers I follow tweet about everything from new freelance jobs and camera/accessory releases to posting links of their latest photographs. I love “favoriting” an interesting tweet and reviewing it later.
This post will highlight a few of my recent favorite tweets by photographers. You’ll also notice some tweets start with the letters “RT” which stand for re-tweet, Twitter etiquette for what you do if you want to tweet another person’s tweet and credit them. So if you’re not familiar with Twitter, you will get a sense of the activity that takes place among some of the photographers in this buzzing online hub of short communication.
Across the Twitterverse
In the past few months I’ve seen Twitter become a place where photographers worldwide congregate. Here are just a few of the photographers in the United States and U.K./Europe who I have followed, plus a recent, favorite tweet. I hope to see more from Latin America, Africa and Asia –- follow me @mestrich.
Twitter U.K. and European Photographers
@ simonridgway Q. What computer should I buy? A. The best one you can afford. Preferably a Mac if you’re a photographer.
@rbrtdotbiz cappuccino. 1 lazy day before leaving for brussels tomorrow morning. photo assignment on nye.
Twitter U.S. Photographers
@Jim_juris I added a 5th matted photograph that I am selling to my Etsy shop. You can view 5 of my photos and descriptions at http://jimjuris.etsy.com
@Matrixchic sh-sh-shake it like a poladroid picture! http://tinyurl.com/6mc6ch
@RoninVision Apparently Martin Luther King was a fine pool player. He used to go into pool halls to organize. #MLK
Photo Resources on Twitter
Photography businesses and organizations have quickly learned how to market themselves on Twitter with casual and natural contributions. Check out these old and new faces:
@TwiPphoto Follow this feed to keep up to speed with the This Week in Photography Podcast and Blog
@shutt3r Look no further for the best news, pics, and vids about photography.
@photo_network Photography Network is a leading dedicated social network for photographers worldwide
So, are you still not on Twitter?
Allow me to re-tweet U.K. photographer @abstracts: “Treat words like jewels — don’t waste them, my nan told me. She was right, 140 characters makes you think more, then say more with less.” You don’t have to devote (and perhaps waste) a lot of time to give your two cents and join the Web’s shortest conversations. Just a few words (and a link) will do.
I envision Twitter will be a place for smart and beneficial exchanges to take place among talented people, specifically those within the photographic community at large. Let’s see how far it grows.