330: Twitter Tips for Designers
This week, we talk about how to be meaningfully involved with the design community on Twitter. We share tips for finding people to follow, what to tweet about, and we dig into the value of building online connections with other designers. As always, we share our cool things for the week, including some futuristic-yet-spooky technology emerging in China, and a top-notch film production company.
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- Michael Woodruff gave us some feedback about chapter markers on the show, inspired by the great organization on the Layout podcast.
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Carly Batson asks:
Hi Marshall & Brian! I love the podcast and finally today after listening to one of the episodes I caved and set up a Twitter. Two questions I’d love for you to answer:
- How is the best way to get involved with the UX community on Twitter and
- I’m a remote designer and have a hard time leveraging connections because I don’t have any designers nearby. How can I use social media to connect with other designers?
Some of our notes:
- Reply earnestly and engage in conversations consistently
- Don't automate your tweets – stay authentic
- Stay positive – the negative conversations and hot takes are so fun, but are ultimately counter-productive
- Use a consistent and friendly profile photo
- Learn in public, share openly, ask questions
- Organize a community in your city
- Juan Arreguin helped do this with Marshall in Chicago
- Brian shared a travel update (following up on episode 265, Travel Edition, with tech notes from China:
- Embedded illuminated crossing signals in south China
- Face payments for the metro
- The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It
- Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
- AliPay "smile to pay"
- Marshall shared the filmography of A24, including: Springbreakers, Under the Skin, Amy, A Most Violent Year, Green Room, Ex Machina, The Lobster, Room, Swiss Army Man, The Vvitch, The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Moonlight, A Ghost Story, Killing of a Sacred Deer, It Comes at Night, Mid90s, Eighth Grade, Midsommar, The Lighthouse
- Brian also mentioned Letterboxd, a helpful app to track movies you've seen or maintain a watchlist.
- Patrick H. Willems is a nice person to start following for good reviews and recommendations.
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