Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why I think a search on Twitter is better than using Google

Twitter is brilliant for talking to people and picking up new ideas. It’s the number one place where I get information related to my day job and my local blog. Twitter is all about following the right people.

But do you ever use Twitter as a search engine? The search function is brilliant and I find myself using it more and more. I’ve taken a few screen grabs to show how information picked up on a Twitter search is often more relevant than a google search. Welfare reform is a big part of my day job so I used that as a search term. I popped in Welfare Reform into google and these were the results.

A search for Welfare Reform on google

A search for Welfare Reform on google

The top couple of results take you to the Department for Work and Pensions website. Great for official information and the legislation. Lower down you can see a link to a story in the New Zealand Herald. Is that helpful? But what if you want to speak to people who are talking about welfare reform right now?

Now here is what came up when Welfare Reform was put in Twitter Search.

A Twitter Search for Welfare Reform

A Twitter Search for Welfare Reform

Let’s go through the six results.

1. An organisation in Brinnington is holding a welfare reform event. I could have replied and found out how it went and what information they shared. What questions were asked? Was it useful?

2. Ask Wiltshire shared an infographic on welfare reform. What a great way to understand more about the changes.

3. Wolverhampton Homes tweeted a link to info on their website. I could check and see how they were communicating the changes.

4. Leigh Robinson blogged a timeline to the changes. I could read a different voice and reply to him to find out more what his organisation is doing.

5. An organisation is holding an event in the high street. A quick reply could have given me more info about how it went, what went well, what didn’t go well. We could use this if we organised a local event in Torfaen.

6. An organisation is holding a webinar and inviting people to join. I could have sat at my desk and got involved or shared this with workmates.

Now that seems a lot more useful with opportunities to learn and network than the info you gain from a google search.

I also did a search on you tube and these were the results.

Welfare reform search on You Tube

Welfare reform search on You Tube

This was useful as well. I could have watched or shared online some brilliant videos that explain the changes in a visual way. Colleagues could spend a few minutes watching them to learn.


Another post I think has a better home on my other blog.

A mate’s Facebook status offends you. What do you do?

This happened to me this week and I didn’t do anything. I just clicked out of the app on my phone.

Since then I’ve had a funny feeling that I should have stood up for what I believe in and got involved in the debate.

I trust my belly and it’s telling me I should have done something. But what do you do with a mate on Facebook?

1. Get involved online? – I read somewhere that you shouldn’t start a conversation online that you’re not prepared to finish. His status had attracted a handful of likes and comments by the time I read it. I could tell it was going to run and run and I wasn’t planning on spending the day replying to any follow up comments..

2. Delete my mate as a friend?- This guy is a mate. Someone I actually know now and not from 25 years ago. I was a bit surprised at his views to be honest.

3.  Challenge him in person?- This is the most likely thing to happen. I don’t want to go into detail about what he said online for obvious reasons. The topic he wrote about is debated in papers and pubs across the country every day of the week. He chose to do it online which wasn’t a place I felt happy to talk. So will put it in the back of the mind  to chat to him about when we meet.

4. Delete your Facebook account?- This is my close second to number 3 on the list. I still enjoy Facebook and the small details of what your mates are up to make me smile. But there are occasional shares, likes and comments that you just don’t want to see…

These below have been added
after I posted this blog for the first time.

5. Forget about it and don’t let it bother you– This was suggested by @GrumpyWelshSod

6. You could also ask Facebook to develop a dislike button. This was suggested by @ena_lloyd