Twitter taking off in Harrisonburg

Brent Finnegan -- March 3rd, 2009

During the past several months, tens of thousands of Americans have been jumping on yet another social media bandwagon: Twitter. The number of “active users” of the microblogging service has grown 900% in the last year, according to Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone. The effect of that growth can be clearly seen in the Harrisonburg community.

A status update from a friend on Facebook (proclaiming, “Twitter is retarded”) prompted me to explain how and why this trendy site is having an impact. We integrated Twitter into hburgnews a year ago, and it’s paid off more than once. More often than not, it’s where news is being broken (bits and pieces of news, anyway). If blogs are outpacing newspapers, Twitter is outpacing blogs.

Now, some newspaper reporters are using it to gather information and tease their stories.

But the messaging service is being used for more than news. Small businesses and realtors are using it to connect with customers and potential clients, opening up short conversations. Scott Rogers is an early adopter who has used Twitter at open houses and foreclosure sales. A few days ago, Klines Dairy Bar created a Twitter account on the suggestion of two customers.

Are you on Twitter? How do you use it? Do you find it “retarded?” Distracting? Useful?

Tags: ,

Reader Tweets

For this Twitter Tracker search widget to work you need to authorise with Twitter in "Dashboard" -> "Settings" -> "Twitter Tracker Auth".

Latest Flickr photos in the hburgnews Flickr pool
Announcements & Press Releases
  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. with Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Lohr, Harrisonburg Mayor […]

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide. NCGA helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately […]

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month. Out of the 45 new applicants that the program received, 21 communities received awards. Harrisonburg was given a bronze‐level Bicycle Friendly Community designation. […]