Twitter has become a popular platform to use on daily basis, either you want to check what your friends are saying, your fav artist is ranting about or catch up on news. But what are some of the most productive activities you can do on this platform?
Well, below is a list to guide on how to use Twitter’productively’ on daily basis:
Raising awareness about crime and violence
Twitter has become a very useful tool to raise awareness and alert people about crime activities, reporting a missing person or a stolen car. We recently saw how the hashtag #KaraboMokoena made a huge buzz, and went as far as raising the awareness about violence against women. People have been posting missing people and with a bunch of ReTweets they’re able to get the message across. Not sure how tagging @SAPoliceService can help, the account normally will post about the discoveries and arrests. But as far as getting the word out there simply put ‘RT for awareness’ at the end of your tweet, and get few friends to ReTweet you.
Account(s) to Follow: @SAPoliceService @crimeairnetwork @stolencarRSA
Sports updates and Match results
If you’re a Soccer, Rugby, Cricket fan and you’re on Twitter, you have all the updates in your hands. On Twitter, you can find out about match fixtures, live updates and results.
Account(s) to Follow: @SuperSportBlitz @KickOffMagazine @Soccer_Laduma @robertmarawa
Hashtag(s) to Checkout: #AbsaPrem #SSFootball #SSCricket #SSDiski #KickOff #SLLive
Catch up on current affairs, National news
You don’t have to worry about chasing daily newspapers or trying to catch prime time news. Twitter saves you the time and run-around. On Twitter, you get the news in real-time, immediate and live. Either it’s politics or national news, all you have to do is know which accounts to follow for correct and verified news.
Account(s) to Follow: @ewnupdates @IOL @eNCA @TimesLIVE @mailandguardian @citypress @News24 SABCNewsOnline
Hashtag(s) to Checkout: #SABCnews #ewnupdates
Get support from service provider
A number of service providers have finally nailed this twitter thing. What’s a better way to get an issue fixed with just a tweet….. Service providers such as Uber, MTN, City of Joburg, City Power, Vodacom, FNB and alot more. First just check if the service provider has an account on Twitter, then engage.
Account(s) to Follow: @Vodacom111 @MTNza @CellC @TelkomZA @Uber_RSA @CityofJoburgZA
Take part on a number of initiatives and trends
Time to time Twitter has been applauded for being a great platform for a number of good courses. Either it’s a charity course, fundraising subject or support of a campaign, Twitter is a platform that can help. #IceBucketChallenge #FeesMustFall #SayNoToXenophobia are few of the memorable campaigns that blew on Twitter and were a total success. In such cases, everyone gets to share their opinion and get the message across.
Where to go, What to eat?
You might wanna have a chill and drink after work, or listen to some live music or go to a poetry night session. And what’s a better way to get all this info without some hassle? Yes it’s Twitter!
Account(s) to Follow: @Likers_2Do
Find a Job or career tips/advice
For students and anyone who is looking for their next opportunity, you now have an open platform with daily information about bursaries, job vacancies, internships and some career advice. People share a number of opportunities on daily basis through Twitter. These two hashtags #JobSeekersSA and #JobSeekersSA are the most tagged when people share various opportunities.
Account(s) to Follow: @StudentSpaza @jobvinesa @InternshipsSA @SayEntrepreneur @LuckystersZA
Hashtag(s) to Checkout: #JobSeekersSA #JobSeekersWednesday #JobAdviceSA
Get daily Traffic and Weather updates
You don’t want to be caught up in a hectic traffic trying to get early to your next engagement or be stunned by some nasty weather conditions. Thanks to Twitter, you don’t have to wait for AM / PM news on radio/tv to check the weather and get traffic updates. @TrafficSA gives you live updates on any traffic-related news from anywhere in the country. And for all the weather updates, simply head to @SAWeatherServic account.
Account(s) to Follow: @SAWeatherServic @TrafficSA
Hashtag(s) to Checkout: #SAweather #SAtraffic
Get Lotto Results
Everyone wants a piece of that pie, and that is why Lotto will always get so much attention. And thanks to Twitter you don’t have to wait for tomorrow’s newspaper to get the results. All you have to do is to head to @sa_lottery @SA_Lotto_App twitter account and get the results a minute they’re announced.
Get a relationship advice on #AskAMan
This is a segment feature which originates from ‘The Front Row’ – a 2-hour which was hosted by Bonang Matheba on Metro FM. The feature allows anyone looking for relationship advice to call-in, then get some advice from the hosts and listeners as they call-in. With such massive love for this feature, Twitter folks make sure the show remains a trending topic on daily basis; sharing their views, throwing in their 2 cents and cracking some fun out of it. And if you happen to miss the show you can head to twitter and get to find out what the topic/discussion was about. And if you’re on some dilemma and need some advice, post it and put #AskAMan hashtag. @Maximum_RSA shares a summary for each day. The show is currently headed by Dineo Ranka, Lerato Kganyago, JJ Sesing and The Naked DJ.
Account(s) to Follow: @DineoRanaka @Leratokganyago @JjSesing @Naked_Dj @METROFMSA
Hashtag(s) to Checkout: #AskAMan #TheBrige
Interact with you fav celeb or artist
Time to time, artists or celebs host Twitter Q&A sessions to give fans a chance to engage. Furthermore, some TV/Radio shows give viewers/listeners a chance to engage on Twitter. So if you’re not getting a reply or RT from your fav artist, simply take advantage. MTV Base Africa, Channel O, Vuzu, Trending SA on SABC 3, LIVE Amp, Metro FM,947, YFM are some of the platforms that use Twitter to connect artists and their fans.