AgNerds – How to Know What’s Going on in Canadian Agriculture on Twitter

Twitter is an incredibly useful tool. One of the things that make it so useful is its power to connect you to people outside of your traditional network. Twitter is also one of the most under-utilized tools in agriculture. Part of this could be the misconception of it as a strictly entertainment focused application where you follow someone to get a chuckle out of what they’re tweeting, but the real power of Twitter lies in its ability to connect like-minded people. You can very quickly gain access to a huge amount of people who have common interests, and interact with those people instantaneously. This has huge implications not only in business but in areas of social activism as seen in the Middle East.

The main obstacle most people face is the intimidation factor Twitter poses when it comes to following people and aquiring that group of people who share your interests. A new user can have problems navigating that sea of information. The “lists” function available in Twitter helps you to avoid that long, confusing start to using it, and offers new users to jump right in and make the most of the Twitterverse. In this episode of AgNerds, Shaun Haney and Peter Gredig give a bit of a tutorial about lists in Twitter. Shaun and Peter show you how to find, follow and use the Canadian Agriculture list that shaun created.

If you want to check out the Canadian Agriculture list on Twitter, click here

If you cannot see the embedded video below click here.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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R Pierson

If you want to check out the Canadian Agriculture list on Twitter

Can’t get link to work.

Thanks,

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Philip Shaw

A good segment, I find the Canadian agriculture list heavy on English Canada. That’s not a criticism, but leaving out Quebec leaves out @ least a third of Canadian agriculture. My great challenge is finding Quebec farmers or agr professionals from Quebec on Twitter. I cannot speak French but I use Google Translate to communicate. I also use Google Translate to talk to corn and soybean farmers and marketing pros in Brazil and Argentina. That’s extremely valuable to me.
I think lists are important, but they in fact can create more noise, its a work in progress. I find Twitter to be an extremely valuable research communication tool, one that continues to evolve. However, its important to engage people, answer every query, or @ least attempt to. I’ll look forward to your Playbook review.

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