Why everyone in Timor-Leste should use Twitter

I don’t know how many people living in Timor-Leste read my blog, but I would hope that there are at least a handful. For those who don’t know, Twitter is a way of communicating short messages, similar to SMS text messages, with a group of contacts.

Millions of people around the world use Twitter as a way of getting updates from people, as well as from news services and organizations.

Most foreigners here in Timor-Leste have access to the Internet and there are a variety of ways that people can access Twitter, including with a cellphone or a Firefox addon.

People in Timor-Leste should use Twitter because it’s a way of sharing security updates. It’s also a way that people can link to news stories or blog posts or other online information that people might find interesting.

Apart from word of mouth, I find that the Internet is one of the most valuable resources for getting information about Timor-Leste. Let’s say that one day there is rock-throwing going on in Comoro. If someone could Twitter that warning it will reach a wide scope of people.

Likewise if someone writes an excellent paper that you think everyone should read – you can post a link to it. Or how about if Kirsty Sword is giving a public speech and you want to spread the word? Send it over Twitter.

Twitter works by building up a list of contacts. You “follow” people and then people follow you. You can join Twitter here and then follow me here. When I lived in Thailand I found that Twitter was an excellent way of staying abreast of the latest news and developments, especially during protests and similar events.

If nobody in Timor-Leste joins Twitter as a result of reading this then I won’t be offended, but at least I will have tried.

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