11 Cool Things You Can Do with Twitter

Last Updated Oct 14, 2008 12:00 PM EDT

twitter-logo.jpgLast week you learned how to use Twitter for marketing and PR. Today, learn to use the service for things like tracking packages, adding appointments to your calendar, and conducting polls. Digital Inspiration shows you how in Twitter Guide: How to Do Things with Twitter. Here's an excerpt:
Q: I just ordered a laptop on eBay and the owner shipped it via UPS. I want to track this package on Twitter.
A: Follow TrackThis on Twitter and send this bot a Direct Message with your Airway Bill Number. You'll be notified each time your package changes location. Works with FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS.
Show of hands: Who's using Twitter on a regular basis? If so, what do you use it for? Hit the Comments and talk up your Twitter activities. Truth be told, I'm not really a fan, though I can't really put my finger on why.
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