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Game Developers and Industry on Twitter = Lists
by Alex Covic on 01/21/10 08:47:00 am   Featured Blogs

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Why Twitter? Why Twitter lists?

You are all smart and wise enough to know if and why you might want to use Twitter or not. Lists in particular can be helpful if you have a free monitor and want to keep up with industry news without refreshing your rss-feeds or depending on your equally busy coworkers, personal twitter-friends.

Before Twitter introduced Twitter Lists you had to individually gather together all the people you wanted to follow. To this very day, this is the best but also the most time consuming method. 

If you want to have a Twitter Timeline Stream in your favorite Twitter App (I personally prefer Tweetdeck) of fellow Game Developers or Industry People outside your own radar, you might want to try and follow someone elses list. Use the work others have done to your advantage.

1. Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward @fourzerotwo "Rad video game developers, employees, and people"

Robert is following 64 (sic!) individuals and companies and his list is followed by 144 followers.


2. Naughty Dog, Santa Monica @Naughty_DOG following 237 individuals and companies, followed by 17 followers following 118 game publishers and game-title related twitter accounts, followed by 19 followers




3. Alex Covic (me) @buckybit "most complete list of the video game industry - Developers, Programmers, PR, Promo, Marketing,..." following 491 (no kids/fans, only a few individual journos), followed by 20.

Disclaimer: I do not work in the industry, so I am not on that list. If the list is of any use is up to you and what you want of it. I would gladly migrate that list to someone from the industry - so it comes from a more trusted source.




If you know any list like these above - please, let me know. I update my list regularly. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

The Twitter lists have a 500 account cap. Making a B-List would be a dishonor to those on it. But I am playing with the idea to make a US vs Asia vs Europe list - would acknowledge the timezones without insulting anyone being on a 2nd list.

A possible Twitter Business Model?

If there could be a closed Twitter system - where every game industry person would have a verified account and you could have an environment for exchanging thoughts without the noise from outside (people like me or reply-crazy fans) additionally to the regular twitter account, your tweets would be protected from google-search etc, would you consider paying for such a service? 

Of course, Twitter is nothing more than a IM/ICQ chat in many regards, but the openness and the none-obligatory "drop in - drop out" nature of it, makes it appealing ... unless you are in crunch-time, on a deadline, too busy managing your work and private life, already. Granted.

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Soren Nowak
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Thanks for this post! I didn't know about lists until now.

Stephen Northcott
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Thanks also. A great resource.

Daniel Mafra
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Twitter has also a potential of buzzmarketing whatever you want to, but this is really a nice post with good info. Twitter is good and better if aligned with Facebook. Thanks Alex.

Alex Covic
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Phew! Thanks guys, for the great response. I was frightened to see this blog post 'featured', since it is poorly written and could be mistaken for self-promotion. I really have no agenda.

One more note: since Twitter is an OpenAPI model, all our tweets are spread widely across the Internet. Dubious Startups and self-proclaimed marketing (spam) clowns are crawling through the data. You see it, if you just google your own Twitter account name and watch the Websites suddenly attached to your tweets.

Legit or not, they are trying to figure out how to intelligently extract valuable information and connections from your (our all) tweets and accounts.

Always be aware that your tweet can become someone else's lunch or - even worse - 'news'.