There are all sorts of tweets flying about the interwebs these days… some move people to social change… others connect friends and family… I have found the business, government and even television tweets to be some of the best follows of all.
Travel and Traffic
One of my favorite columns in Tweetdeck is reserved for the ‘adventures’ of both the construction crews and safety crews of our state Department of Transportation. No longer are they the “people of the orange cone” causing traffic backups for endless construction without mission or end. With the companion web site these follows provide great short and long term information about new projects, inspections, and ongoing maintenance. They are also frequent Flickr posters and have given me a whole new appreciation for the tireless efforts to keep the passes open welllllll past spring.
Grocers and Food Products
I have found several grocers and many many food products to follow on Twitter… I love the DRY soda brand and love hearing about new locations where this well crafted beverage can be found. Need a new cheesy thought? Following Tillamook brings a great variety of easy, fast options while PCC many not have as cheesy a recipe offering they are WAY more interactive. Several times I have not heard of an ingredient in a recipe they post and the helpful staffer tweets back information on which store might have it or if it is vegetable or mineral.
Fred Meyer is a prolific mass market store, but they are very forward acting on recalls… not only do they tweet links to thier web page updates during the large recalls, but print messages on the bottom of register tapes of loyalty card members who have purchased recalled items, and during the nut recall last year even made outbound IVR calls!
Restaurants of all Sizes
From THE mobile Hawaiian Korean truck that rolls through the Seattle streets, to the fried chicken of my youth there are amazing restaurants posting daily specials, coupon offers, and event pictures. I used to follow about 20 different places and then simplified it all by following Seattle’s Yelp Ambassador, Katie S, and her adventures around the area. I’ve yelped my way to elite status this year and met all sorts of new tweeple at some great events! (but that is a different Netweaving post!)
Yes they are all the rage… but they are also a $3 investment in the unknown. We love to checkout the amazing rainbow of flavors and styles everywhere we go (Cupcake Country). Some of my favorite cupcakeries on Twitter are the wedding / catering / partying powerhouse Trophy (with retail locations in Wallingford and University Place Mall) and the up and coming new shop over on 4th Avenue, The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company.
Where Trophy has kids party toppers, The Yellow Leaf has french press coffee and amazing loose tea combinations. Both have solid cupcake flavors with The Yellow Leaf being a bit more spontaneous… at least it seams that every day they tweet a new flavor!
The Cupcake Bakery & Deli in Eastern Washington is on our “To Try” list. It’s just a couple of months old and we can’t wait to make the yearly wine press raod trip in the fall so that we can give them a try.
I hope you are inspired to find the twitter treasures in your area to help you find great shopping, great eats, and a safe trip!