Over the years, we've had lots of queries from members and even well-informed outsiders as to our overall lack of presence on mainstream "Social
Networks" such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, etc. For the most part, I've never come across a useful feature, function, or reason for ATS to
adopt one such service over another. However, after some preliminary experiments, I believe Twitter
community with a unique additional method to expand awareness of our topics, our members, and what our members are thinking.
For those who are unaware of Twitter, it's a slightly different twist on the concept of social networking that encourages participants to contribute
short blurbs about what they're currently thinking and doing. It's gaining popularity in many circles, especially since it integrates mobile
devices, IM, and email into the mix. To many, this might seem excessive, if MySpace were coffee, Twitter is like crystal meth in comparison! But
then... it hit me... the genius of something like Twitter may not be what one person is thinking/saying/doing, it's more likely going to be what a
large group of like-minded people are saying, doing, thinking, and hoping for.
The AboveTopSecret.com Experiment With Twitter
AboveTopSecret.com On Twitter
AboveTopSecret.com and our Twitter Friends
As you can see, we've developed a method to automatically feed Twitter new topics that quickly generate several replies. We've been at it for a
couple days as part of our initial test.
And as you can also see, a few astute ATS members have noticed our Tweets (that's what a Twitter update is called) and have decided to follow our
updates, and we're following them. The resulting with-friends
page is an aggregate list of
Hrm... now that is where ATS can take this concept and push it someplace truly different.
The AboveTopSecret.com Firehose Of Consciousness on Twitter
Imagine, if you will, an AboveTopSecret.com & Friends Twitter page with dozens, or even hundreds of ATS members providing one or two tweets a day,
along with the regular hot new topics. This becomes especially valuable if your contributions are meaningful and not the typical "waiting for pizza
dude" type tweets that seem to be prevalent. We'd end up with a running relevant commentary of what's important to us for all the world to see. A
firehose of what we think, as we're thinking it.
Starting The Experiment
To encourage our members to join and participate with relevant tweets, just do one of the following:
1) Already On Twitter?
Follow our page, then U2U me with your Twitter username.
2) Join Twitter With Your ATS Username
then follow our page
3) If your ATS Username is taken on Twitter
use a different name to join Twitter, follow us, then U2U me your username
We'll award ATS members that follow our page with 5,000 ATS points. (Not to worry, membership in Twitter requires a minimum of
If all goes well, the ATS & Friends
page will be a stunning stream of consciousness on a
fast-rising social network.
There is no relationship between Twitter and The Above Network, LLC. This idea is purely born out of us noticing the potential that exists with
integrating such a service. If any relationship between us and Twitter were to develop because of this initiative, we'll be sure to provide full