Tag: Twitter

Follow World Hum’s Contributors on Twitter

If you “tweet” (yeah, yeah, I know) then you’ve probably heard about Twitter’s new lists function—it allows users to organize their favorite tweeters into themed feeds, which other users can then choose to follow. We’ve created a list of World Hum contributors; feel free to follow along, and let us know if we missed anyone.


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for September

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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London Bridge vs. Tower Bridge: The Twitter Smackdown!

It’s @ImLondonBridge vs. @towerbridge in the Tussle on the Thames! And @ImLondonBridge is kicking ass, spurred on by what the Telegraph calls the “tedium and pomposity” of its more photogenic rival’s tweets—@towerbridge only seems to tweet whenever it raises to let ships pass.

The Telegraph tells the whole amusing story, and shares some of its favorite taunts from @ImLondonBridge:

If you took a film of @towerbridge and speeded it up, it would look like the world’s least exciting pinball machine. Without any balls.

Hey @towerbridge. When are you going to do something again? You’re even more boring when you’re just sitting there. Yawn.

Coo-ee @towerbridge. When are you going to do your impersonation of the fourth guy from the Village People again? I simply can’t wait.

But @ImLondonBridge isn’t all taunt. It showed its softer side with its tribute to Patrick Swayze.


Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for August

Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for August iStockPhoto

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are 10 favorites from the past month.

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Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for July

Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for July iStockPhoto

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are 10 favorites from the past month.

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A Trip to Comic-Con in Celebrity Tweets

I’ll admit, I’ve never paid much attention to Comic-Con, San Diego’s annual geekfest spectacular. In fact, I’d never even heard of it until the teenage characters on “The O.C.” used it as a pretext for an illicit Tijuana road trip. But for thousands of people from across the U.S., and even around the world, it’s the travel event of the year—and this time around I too found myself following along, through the tweets of my favorite Hollywood celebrities.

Herewith, a brief, vicarious trip through the wacky world of the Con, from departure to exhausted arrival home:

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Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for June

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are 10 favorites from the past month.

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Signs of Shrinking Vacation Syndrome on Capitol Hill

Even our elected representatives aren’t immune—and at least one of them isn’t happy about it. Senator Chuck Grassley told President Obama how he feels in a colorful tweet on Sunday:

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Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for May

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are 10 favorites from the past month.

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Why Should You Follow Airlines on Twitter?

Photo of Qatar Airways plane by Rob Verger

Lately, I’ve been enjoying receiving tweets from airlines, and there are a few reasons why.

First up, airlines frequently announce fare sales and other news on Twitter. United has been offering what they call “twares,” which are very brief sales broadcast on Twitter, and Southwest recently tweeted about their new pets policy—you can bring dogs and cats on board now—while Virgin America tweeted to announce that their entire fleet had Wi-Fi.

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The Wi-Fi-in-the-Sky Wars

The Wi-Fi-in-the-Sky Wars Photo by Marc Smith, via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by Marc Smith, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

AirTran fired off a powerful volley this week in the competition between airlines to provide wireless internet access on flights. It kicked the service off with a flight on Tuesday, and says that all 136 of its planes will have Wi-Fi by the end of July, making it, as USA Today reports, “the first large U.S. airline to offer wireless Internet access on every flight nationwide.”

As Ben Mutzabaugh put it in another story in the same paper, “AirTran’s promotional flight points up how fast airlines are racing to provide Wi-Fi capability on their planes after experimenting with it for more than a year.”

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A Twitter Road Trip Twitique: What Worked, What Didn’t

A Twitter Road Trip Twitique: What Worked, What Didn’t Photo by Sophia Dembling
Photo by Sophia Dembling

My husband Tom and I recently drove a loop south from Albuquerque. (Here’s an annotated map of our route, in case you want to follow in our tire tracks.) This was the first time I’ve Twittered from the road. Interestingly, the great to-Twitter-or-not-to-Twitter debate started up while I was Twittering my trip and triggered a little metacognition about the process. Is it the right thing to do, and what makes a good travel Tweet?

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Ten Great Travel Twitter Tweets for April

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are 10 favorites from the past month.

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Southwest and JetBlue to Face Off in Guitar Hero Challenge

Photo by Byron and Tamara, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

There’s plenty of bad news out there about the airline industry these days, and things like swine flu, or the very dumb decision to buzz Lower Manhattan in a presidential 747 aren’t making people any happier.

So, I decided to focus on something a little more lighthearted here: an airline Guitar Hero showdown.

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The Buenos Aires Twitter Detox

buenos aires Photo by Valerie Conners

On a trip to the Southern Hemisphere and with a need to disconnect, Valerie Conners pledges to embrace a Twitter-free vacation

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Trip Planning: Museums on Twitter

Trip Planning: Museums on Twitter Photo by biskuit via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by biskuit via Flickr (Creative Commons)

The experiment: ignore various, er, discussions over whether Twitter is good, distracting, or evil and find other ways to use it to enhance future travel experiences and planning. Since I tend to like museums big, small, and flat-out odd, I figured I would see what some U.S. museums are doing with it.

I’ll admit, I didn’t use the most scientific of methods. I searched Twitter for the term “museum” and, click by click by click, signed up for the first couple dozen on the list.

The information started to drip, drab, and, in some cases, flow in. Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum, famous for its jars of medical oddities, was (and I love this!) offering free health screenings (@MutterMuseum); Northport, Alabama’s Kentuck Museum (@KentuckMuseum) wanted you to put its April 24 poetry festival on your calendar; and Baltimore’s Walters Museum (@walters_museum) offered up a behind-the-scenes photo of an intern working on a Roman sarcophagus and an invitation to its college night with “mash-up DJ artists, tours, & more!”

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Twitter Tips from 25 Tweeting Travelers

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We asked some of our favorite travel tweeters for their best tips for using Twitter on the road

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I’m Traveling to Europe This Summer. Should I Twitter From the Road?

Vagabonding traveler Rolf Potts answers your questions about travel and the world

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Alaska Airlines Copes With Mount Redoubt and Tweets, Too

Photo by Ack Ook, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Alaska Airlines announced Monday afternoon that flights to and from Anchorage were operating “on a limited schedule” due to the eruption of Mount Redoubt, and that the status is being re-evaluated every hour. Clearly, it’s a fluid situation. For information, visit the the carrier’s website or follow its snappy updates on Twitter.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is also Tweeting about the mountain’s status, as previously mentioned.

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A ‘Twitcom’ from Southwest Airlines

This is priceless. Southwest Airlines’ blog, Nuts About Southwest, has posted what they call a “twitcom.” Here’s what they did: They created four characters, imagined a situation for them, and then, during an hour-long time window, Twitter followers submitted the lines the characters would speak. The incentive to participate came from the fact that Southwest picked one Twitterer in a raffle afterwards, and will send that person to the Nashville Film Festival.

The result is a 6-minute skit, acted out by Southwest employees on the airline’s emerging media team. Video below. As it says in the posting, “Please don’t laugh at our acting skills.” But isn’t that all part of the fun?