11 November 2009

Twitter Research Complete

I want to thank everyone for helping me with my research for school. The paper turned out very well, and I got an "A". Thanks again for all your help!

05 October 2009

Twitter Research

I'm putting together some research for a little school project, so I put together a short survey regarding Twitter use. It shouldn't take too long. If you get a chance in the next few days to fill this out, please do – I would really appreciate it. Also, if you know any other Twitterers who might be willing to provide some information, please forward this on.

You can respond in the comments of this blog.


Twitter Use Survey

If you would like to remain anonymous, please exclude your real name and twitter name. I assure you that your identity will not be revealed in my research project.

1. Your name:
2. Twitter name: @
3. Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Number of years of post high school education:
6. Number of years in the workplace:
7. Number of years in your current industry:
8. To help understand your overall computer knowledge, how would you rate yourself? (beginner, normal office knowledge, programmer,etc.)
9. How often do you use social networking sites other than Twitter? (monthly, weekly, daily, multiple times per day)
10. About how many tweets on average did you post per day during the past month?
11. About how many tweets on average did you read per day during the past month?
12. About how many new followers did you obtain during the past month?
13. How many Twitter followers do you have in total?
14. About how many new Twitterers did you start following during the past month?
15. How many Twitterers are you following?
16. Did you feel that you were overly distracted from your work (professional, home, school) by Twitter at any time? If so, please explain.
17. Give specific examples of knowledge you gained through the use of Twitter.
18. Give specific examples of how you used Twitter to increase your productivity, personally and/or professionally.
19. Use this space for anything else you would like to share about your Twitter use.

22 September 2009

20 August 2009

It's a busy life

I know, I know. Everyone's life is busy. Well so is mine, and this is my blog, so I can write about it here all I want.

Well, first off, my daughter is 10 1/2 months old going on 2 years. Yikes. How has the time flown by so fast? She started crawling almost a month ago, and she's pulling up on the furniture and "cruising". Soon, she'll be walking. We've already started baby-proofing, but as my wife indicated, she now knows how to open the kitchen cabinets, so I'm going to have to install those door stops we bought the other day...

My wife is working two jobs right now, and taking care of our daughter while I work and try to get through grad school. Needless to say, I couldn't do it without her. (Honey - I love you!) I am about 25% of the way done with the program; the last class is in November of next year. I am learning a lot (and not just going to school, an important difference Seth Godin points out in his blog).

I have managed to find time to golf this summer, and I've probably been out about 10 times this year. I wish I had unlimited time and money for golf because my scores are falling, and I'm really enjoying it. I think my wife would kill me if I golfed any more...

26 April 2009

Twitter for Business? Help!

If you didn't know, I'm pursuing my MBA.

I am currently working on a research project trying to discover the effects of Twitter on productivity at work. Here is a good article about how people can get started using Twitter for business.

I started with this preliminary question: What is the effect on employees’ productivity if they are utilizing social networking tools for work-related purposes at work? Does it result in greater productivity, or is it just a waste of time that results in more internet surfing?

My problem statement has been revised to read as: How can use of the social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter increase productivity in the workplace?

My hypothesis is that the use of Twitter actually decreases the amount of time necessary to disseminate ideas and also promotes quick and easy conversations. I'm sure there are more benefits, and some are outlined in the article from above, especially under the heading Some Positives to Throw Back.

Please, if you have any thoughts on this topic, or articles to share, respond in the comments section.

On a side note: You can follow me on Twitter @jessepalmer

17 February 2009


My new term is "quarterassed".

We've all heard of halfassed work, but it's time to recognize the new low - quarterassed.

Think of it as halfassing a halfassed job.

10 February 2009

The Root Beer Stand (2009)

The Root Beer Stand opened yesterday. I had to stop by after work for a chili-cheese dog with the works.

Excellence in a bun.

The prices went up $0.10 across the board from last year (an average per item increase of 6.5%). Seems about right.