This morning I published a post on DaniWeb called Here's Why Google and Twitter Belong together. I thought it might be interesting to explain how I got the idea and how this blog post came to fruition.
Yesterday afternoon I was working on the AIIM Conference Preview issue for FierceContentManagement. I was writing on one monitor with TweetDeck open on the other when I spied this tweet from Pete Yorn:
ahh thanks....twitter...better than google? it' like "ask the audience" lifeline.
That got me thinking a bit. I opened up Evernote, chose my Blog Ideas notebook and copied and pasted Yorn's Tweet into the notebook. I jotted a few notes and left it at that.
A few minutes later my daughter texted me that she needed a ride, so I hopped in the car and began driving and that idea I jotted down began percolating. I imagined myself at a party with Eric Schmidt suggesting he buy Twitter and I began formulating the opening of my blog post.
When I arrived at my destination, I pulled out my iPhone, opened the Evernote app, chose voice note and recorded the beginnings of my opening so I wouldn't forget. I came home and later that night just before I was going to go to bed, I opened Evernote (which had since synced with my iPhone app), listened to my recording and had to write the post right then and there.
I opened Google Docs, began writing and about a half hour later I had the post written. It took some tweaking before I opened my DaniWeb CMS this morning and copied it and pasted it in, formatted it, added some links and published it. In fact, the original title was "Here's Why Google Should Buy Twitter," but I didn't think that truly captured the essence of the piece, so I changed it just before publishing.
Ideas can come from anywhere. This one came from a simple Tweet that got me thinking.
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