Sometimes you only notice how much you appreciate something when it disappears from view. Since its launch in April (post), I have been a happy consumer of Construction Enquirer‘s free news service, most of which I follow through Twitter, though I also welcome the daily email newsletter digest.
However, having been driven past Basingstoke yesterday and seen the last wisps of smoke from a major construction site fire, I was suddenly keeping half an eye open for a Twitter item about the blaze. I then realised that the @ConstructionEnq twitter feed had been quiet for a few days: judging by its Twitter page, only the daily newsletter had been tweeted since 1 September.
I wasn’t sure whether this was a deliberate change of policy or a technology problem (Twitter changed its account authentication process early this month, so this may have affected the WordPress Twitter Tools plug-in that Construction Enquirer was using).
I tweeted to ask if there was a problem, but, suspecting neither Aaron Morby nor Grant Prior were routinely monitoring tweets (see Twitter update), I also switched to ‘traditional social media’ and picked up the ‘phone…. Grant confirmed, just as I’d thought, that it was probably a technology issue. So, with luck, the news tweets should be flowing again shortly.
One thing this incident has made me do is check that any automated feeds that I use, to complement my ‘Paul-powered Tweets’, are working. If you use Twitter Tools or other services that might have been affected by Twitter’s technology change, perhaps you should check them too.
Twitter update 2
The guys at Construction Enquirer have been making some good progress with Twitter since I last wrote about them in May.
- I am now just one of over 700 people being followed by @ConstructionEnq
- there are now 592 followers getting news tweets in their live-stream (up from 30 in four months – almost 1000% growth!)
- output averages around ten tweets per working day (not excessive to me), including a link to the newsletter
- But I still think Aaron and Grant could be doing a little more dialogue stuff, especially as they now have a growing community of followers. It is rare to see a ‘human’ tweet – say, a reply to an incoming tweet, or a question asked for debate (though Construction Enquirer is involved with the recently revamped tCn – the Construction network* – to develop an online community to discuss industry issues).
[* Disclosure: I have undertaken paid consultancy work for tCn.]