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What is Twitter good for anyway?!


When I found out we were moving to Warwick I knew there would be a whole new world of opportunities to discover, and whilst that was exciting I also knew that as a family we would have to rediscover all the local knowledge we had just spent the past year building up in Kent following our move back from Australia.

I wasn’t sure where to start so I thought, “Let’s Google Warwick and see what comes up!” There were lots of tourist tips and council info, but not really what I needed. I gave my trusty Facebook a go too, but no one that I knew could really tell me much, so I had to think of something else. I’d joined Twitter in mid 2009, written a couple of tweets, nosed around every now and then but that was about it. After I typed in ‘Warwick’ into Connect and Discover though, it was a revelation.

Warwick Tweetup was the first port of call, and they happily answered my requests for info on WTUSchool-17.jpgschools and rental agencies, but the best was yet to come. By following as many interesting connections to Warwick as I could find, I started to discover not only what a wonderful place it was, but also what a supportive community there seemed to be behind the scenes. I soon booked myself onto Warwick Tweetup’s Advanced Twitter Workshop to see if I could learn some more about this fascinating networking tool, and even before I got there a quick tweet had helped to book us some wonderful hotel accommodation. The workshop reinforced the fact that Twitter is not just to find out what some celeb has had for dinner, but can also be a fantastic source of information and inspiration! Some useful tips and tricks via Twitter wizard Mr. Todd have also made my Twitter journey easier, so if you are new to Twitter I’d recommend one of their workshops.

Even before we had moved, a bit of networking on Twitter had found me a job and some very useful business contacts. I also found a bakery that sells gluten free bread, a shop full of wonderful furniture and home accessories, fab pubs and restaurants and a couple of hairdressers that I might have to try out. If you’re like us and on the move, give Twitter a try and see what you can find out before you go. Personally I’m quite looking forward to the #Twubcrawl, when I can finally match the peeps to their tweets!

Feel free to look me up on Twitter @sewsmith.

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