Using an intelligent Twitter stream to keep up to date


I am often asked how I track new developments and information about Exchange, Office 365, Windows or the other technologies in which I am interested. My response is “by using Twitter intelligently”.

There’s no doubt that an extraordinary amount of dross is generated and shared daily on Twitter. People who feel the need to communicate the smallest detail of their lives in the most open manner do so by tweeting incessantly. These people are to be avoided as life is too short to be swamped by an endless stream of inbound drivel.

On the other hand, it is possible to make a targeted use of Twitter to create a stream of interesting material generated by people who operate in any particular area of focus. The hard part is to identify people who generate a high percentage of useful information in their Twitter stream as this can take some time and trial and error to sort out contributors who flood the network with copious but repetitive or useless contributions from those who know what’s going on and can help you to keep on top of things.  The nature of the medium is that some of the tweets sent by anyone are less than serious, but I think that you can make a good selection of contributors who have a strong track record of useful commentary on topics that you care about. At least, that’s my goal.

Here is my basic list of independent commentators that I use to keep my finger on what’s happening in the Exchange community. I pay attention to these folk when their contributions pop up in my Twitter stream together and find good content in their blogs. Hopefully this provides a good initial set to build your own stream. You’ll probably add some of the Microsoft sources such as the famous Squeaky Lobster or the official Microsoft Exchange source plus maybe some covering Office 365. I am always happy to hear of a good source, so reply to this post to let me know your suggestions!

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Twitter handle Blog Content
Paul Robichaux http://paulrobichaux.wordpress.com/ Exchange, Lync, Mac stuff (sometimes), aviation (quite a lot), and other interesting stuff
Paul Cunningham http://exchangeserverpro.com/ Real-life administration challenges for Exchange plus commentary on a wide range of topics, not all of which I understand.
Michel de Rooij http://eightwone.com/ Solid coverage of Exchange.
Michael Van Horenbeeck http://michaelvh.wordpress.com/ Writes articles for SearchExchange.com covering Exchange, ActiveSync, and other interesting topics. Mr. Hybrid connectivity
Jeff Guillet http://www.expta.com/ Lots of stuff about Exchange and virtual machines.
J. Peter Bruzzese http://www.infoworld.com/blogs/j-peter-bruzzese Writes a column for InfoWorld covering Windows technology, including Exchange and Office 365
Steve Goodman http://www.stevieg.org/ Another writer for SearchExchange.com. Lots more about hybrid connectivity and associated topics.
Pat Richard http://www.ehloworld.com/ PowerShell, Lync, and associated technologies are the keywords here.
Jaap Wesselius http://www.jaapwesselius.com/ Practical tips and observations about how to manage Exchange.
Johan Veldhuis http://johanveldhuis.nl/en Another practical contributor. Must be to do with being Dutch.
Michael B. Smith http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/ Good scripter. At least, he’s better than I am!
Brian Reid http://www.c7solutions.com/blog Ex-trainer (transport) for the late-lamented MCM course. He might just know something.
Tony Redmond http://windowsitpro.com/exchange-server What can I say? Read this blog and WindowsITPro.com too!
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About Tony Redmond ("Thoughts of an Idle Mind")

Exchange MVP, author, and rugby referee
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5 Responses to Using an intelligent Twitter stream to keep up to date

  1. Hey Tony,

    Interesting that you don’t have any of the Microsoft folks up there 🙂 Bharat Suneja , Scott Schnoll, Henrik Walther etc…

    Cheers,
    Rhoderick

  2. ladewig says:

    Brian’s Twitter link is broken. Should be twitter.com/BrianReidC7

  3. Hi Tony,
    First, thanks you for your contribution and all information that really help me.
    Another Exchange expert from the UC Architect team : Dave Stork (bit.ly/dmstork) 😉
    Cheers

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