From Engineering on June 11, 2009 in General
I was under the impression that EVERYBODY tweets, but ever since I signed up on Twitter Ive been getting emails from people asking me how it works. Its really easy and very cool. All you have to do is sign up, give yourself a Twitter ID (like JEHeyns - if youre me) and start updating your page with your thoughts, links, ideas, or whatever you want - as long as its in 140 characters or less.
Even if you have nothing to say, you can look up people to follow and see what theyre up to. There are scads of people Tweeting about home remodeling, for instance. While you may not get all of your answers about your latest project in 140 characters or less, most of the remodeling professionals have links to their sites or articles theyve written or other items that might interest you.
- Tim Carter is on Twitter. You may know him as the Ask the Builder guy. Hes got tons of updates on what hes doing and answers to lots of DIY questions about remodeling. You can even Tweet or DM (direct message) him with questions of your own.
- AK Renovations has loaded their page with tons of photos of remodels and their Tweets are filled with links to building newsletters and articles on remodeling topics.
- BuildItGreen is somewhat new to Twitter, but theyre quickly adding Tweets about various green building expos and conferences and information about supplies that need to be recycled.
- Home remodeling coach Charlie E. Nail sends out regular Tweets on snippets of remodeling advice and links to his blog, where he has very nicely written his own posts on remodeling topics and how-tos on projects.
- Denise Holtby has a more personal approach to Twitter. She gives snippets into her family life and the projects she and her husband tackle as well as links to articles and items that address project issues.
- EcoHome Magazine is on Twitter, too with one of their editors writing about what shes up to as well as Tweets about national issues like building laws, tax incentives, and solar technology.
- Lately, everywhere I turn I bump into something about Gaiam on the Internet. Well, theyre on Twitter, too, talking about composting, refinishing reclaimed furniture, even Yoga. Three of their people take turns Tweeting about all sorts of sustainable products and practices.
- Sustainability consultant, Susan Davis has set herself up on Twitter as the GreenPointCoach. Shes got updates on fairs and expos on sustainability and green remodeling happenings taking place around the San Francisco Bay area.
- HomeSavvi is Tweeting from Seattle with news on home remodeling that anyone can benefit from and updates on left coast happenings. They are committed to keeping their followers up to date with kitchen and bath design news, expert advice, online tools, and remodel trends.
- HomeFixated.com has a somewhat comical approach to Tweeting while still offering lots of advice on remodeling topics, tips for DIYers, heads up on contests relevant to building, and remodeling and links to articles on fixing up your home.
- Jenny Wagner is an Associated Content writer who posts updates about home improvement, eco-living and mixes it up with personal views on life and parenting. Shes fun and informational with links to her blog and articles as well as other information on the web that you might find handy.
- Lauren Hunter is and editor for Remodeling Products and has Tweets about remodeling products, projects, and links to info about all of it. I even noticed a notice about product rebates.
- Senior Editor of Remodeling Magazine, Leah Thayer is Tweeting about the bigger picture. Shes got links to items that affect us all like NAHB news, lending institutions and the building industry, and recession news.
- NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) is on Twitter, too. They have regular updates with NARI news, which covers pretty much everything under the sun that pertains to remodeling all across the nation.
- Paul Brinkmann is a reporter for the Business Journals who writes about green business strategies. His Tweets arent always about remodeling, but theyre interesting snippets on various green topics like drought conditions, bankruptcy, fossil fuels, and tax credits.
- QualitySmith is set up to help homeowners find qualified and quality contractors to help them with their home improvement project. While theyre doing that, theyre also Tweeting about tax credits, air quality, and saving money on utility bills.
- Terminal Gravity is a great Twitter buddy to have, especially if youre out there in left field (I mean the west coast). Their Tweets are basically classified ads for building supplies people are trying to recycle instead of filling landfills. Great way to find materials for a project.
- Ramsay Renovations of northern Virginia specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling but Tweets about the latest news and trends covering the full spectrum of remodeling topics. There are links on every Tweet to some sort of article, news piece, product review, etc.
Of course, I couldnt write this without mentioning that CalFinder Remodeling is also on Twitter and since Im reporting on remodeling Tweets, you should know that you can find us under the Tweet ID: @remodeling. (Never bite the hand that feeds ya, folks!)