As more and more architects get on to twitter and start tweeting away, they routinely look for each other, and with a bit of luck they come across the Architects Twitter League and end up joining, for a bit of fun and to help others find them too.
However, we all know that the real power of twitter is the way it helps people of similar interests help each other. Bob Leung, founder of Woobius, an online collaboration tool and a newcomer to twitter, has come up with a great idea that may help us to do this – he’s started an Architects Twibe on twibes.com.
Over to Bob:
Here’s a quick note of my inspiration of starting the architect’s twibe. As you know, I am but a baby in the world of twitting. Had a smashing time so far and was ever so pleasantly surprised at the existence of an already thriving architectural community on twitter (even the likes of AJ & RIBA are on there). After all, how often do we hear from people that we architects are technophobes! Along with the warm welcome that people such as yourselves and @EEPaul have given, I found myself steeped in the twitter world…
Then there is your ever-growing architect’s league table, which shows the momentum that our profession is adopting to this rather hard to describe phenomenon.
But the thing I’ve found with twitter is that it’s really hard to keep track of conversations, and even harder to keep a tap on architectural related conversations. Then I stumbled onto Twibes (through recommendation of @simoncast), I had a look and thought… hey, this could be the badger! This might be able to help us create a place where architectural specific chats can happen…
You may remember this tweet I did:
“Tweet Day 5: Time to explore its communal brain power. Q: Anyone managed to expose the straw in a straw bale panel? thx.”
Not surprisingly, I had no response (still a twitter baby ;-). But interestingly, if a new starter sent this as an email out in my office, he/she would get some useful feedback pretty quickly. So it got me thinking that the twibe could be like a tweeting equivalent of an architect’s forum.
Ultimately, my hope is to connect architects across the globe and recreate a place for some sort of cross-pollination of ideas. @swombat (Daniel Tenner), my co-founder, calls twitter his “exo-brain” where if you have a question, you can simply reach out for some quick answers.
Hopefully architects from all over will take an interest in the twibe and use it as a place to exchange architectural specific ideas. It would be even better when they have developed RSS feeds as this would then allow it to be adapted to the many architectural blogs, connecting us to one big conversation.”
So thanks to Bob, now it’s over to you.
Take a look at the Architects Twibe here.
How the twibe works:
You can join the Twibe by tweeting any message with the URL of the twibe in it: http://www.twibes.com/architects
Click here to send a suitable Tweet (you can edit it from within Twitter)
That’s it! You should be added within the hour.
Once you are in, any tweets you make with the keywords architects OR architecture OR architect will be added to the twibe stream, which should help you get answers and feedback to any questions and requests you tweet. Just remember to use one of the ‘a’ words in your tweet.
Please note: you do not have to give up your username and password to join the twibe. The twibes website has other functionality which requires your password but this is optional [I don’t use it – Su]
We hope twibes will soon introduce an rss feed for their twibes, then we can publish the tweets elsewhere (on this blog, for instance, and on any architecture networking sites who will have it) which should help you get answers to your questions and further passing on of your ideas and messages.
We hope all the architects on twitter will join the architects twibe and start networking even more effectively.
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