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Not just Traffic Problems but Happy Tweets Too !!

Not just Traffic Problems but Happy Tweets Too !!

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

Washington State DOT (WSDOT)
WSDOT Seattle area traffic (wsdot_traffic)
WSDOT mountain pass (wsdot_passes)

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.

Recipes, Specials, and More

Recipes, Specials, and More

Grocers and Food Products

PCC Natural Market (PCC)
DRY Soda (DRYSoda)
Fred Meyer Stores (Fred_Meyer)
Tillamook Cheese (TillamookCheese)

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!

Where is that rolling party today?

Where is that rolling party today?

Restaurants of all Sizes

Marination Mobile (curb_cuisine)
Church’s Chicken (ChurchsChicken)
Seattle Yelp (YelpSeattle)

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!)

Twitter is a great way to check out future road trip stops!

Twitter is a great way to check out future road trip stops!

Cupcakeries

Trophy Cupcake (trophycupcakes)
The Yellow Leaf Cupcake (TheYellowLeaf)
Cupcake Bakery & Deli (cupcakedeli)

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!

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How many people did you have breakfast with today?

How many people did you have breakfast with today?

I watched 50, helped make suggestions to 12, and followed 1500+ all in the space of 7 hours.  How?  Through several tools used in conjunction with Twitter.

I follow the amazingly perky and visual Andrea B (cyberetto) and enjoy following her Flickr photographs through her Daily Lifestream Digest.

Last night Andrea posted the most amazing photo of Coffee & Croissants and it got me thinking… what is everyone else having for breakfast around the Twiterverse (the collection of people who use Twitter around the world).

I attached the Tag “globalbreakfast” to the photo and proceeded to search out others sharing the same meal in different ways around the globe in 2 ways:

TweetDeck Search and Cloud used together.

TweetDeck Search and Cloud used together.

Twitpic Public Timeline – you can refresh the page and ‘watch’ the new photos as they are posted.  This is not for the meek… somewhere someone in the world is A. Drunk, B. Partially Naked, C. Proud of Something Gross… but it can make for good people watching.

Tweetdeck / Twitscoop Integration – The multi-tasker’s paradise becomes super flexible when you toss a seach next to the cloud!  I didn’t think to grab a pic when I was spreading the love but it did generate a peak of 20 tweets at a time :-)!

I cluttered up the stream by using the #globalbreakfast tag when asking people to join in… but once I got enough pictures I started sending a link to the GlobalBreakfast tag page on Twitpic instead.

Why?

I reached out and I met people. Tweet that you don’t know what you want for breakfast? You would have gotten a Tweet from me suggesting you look at the collection of pictures for ideas… started a bunch of great conversations!

I made Andrea smile and we shared a group forming experience few get to see… by using her picture as a calling card (take a picture of your #globalbreakfast and join http://twitpic.com/1d0es and others around the world) she got 1000+ views in an hour!

I had a chance to start the conversation about starting the day with a hearty breakfast and continue the conversation about Clean Drinking Water (CDW) for all.

I don’t intend to do this every day… but Friday night / Saturday morning seems ripe for the picking… I have started to research global / national efforts to ensure a healthy breakfast for all.

Did you know that Feed the Children in the UK is having a Eat A Breakfast Save A Life Day 2009 the week of 23 February 2009? Right now that seems like the front runner for my message next week… but I’m open to suggestions / enhancements / debate :-)!

This week a family took their children out, someone ate at Azeteca, and a father prepared breakfast for the family all in the time it took for my husband and I to order (picture on the right) and be served (picture on the left) our hearty breakfast… who will be eating with us next week… and more importantly…

How do we bring the conversation of a good breakfast and clean drinking water to the GlobalBreakfast table?

****July 20009 Update

Twitpic has disabled the ability to tag photos.  I have not found another service that will provide the same collage / sharing feature yet.