#hurricanebawbag Batters Britain

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Excuse the title but this storm has honestly been christened #hurricanebawbag as the result of a rather imaginative Scottish public. Humour in the face of adversity and all that? As I sit here writing this blog post I do have to admit that I am slightly terrified the wind and now rain is battering off of my living room an kitchen windows. There is also an electricity box outside that looks on the edge of losing it’s roof, I’m now at the stage of just hoping it’s be over soon and hurricane bawbag blows over.

(I have to also say it is making me chuckle seeing my spell check angrily underlining the word bawbag in red…yes it thinks I mean ‘bean bag’.)

There is a point to this blog post although it is nice to have a little friendly conversation once in a while isn’t it? The whole hurricane bawbag moniker came to Lynne’s attention via Twitter. Twitter is the place to search for and communicate information to a wide audience, especially information that is likely to change.

On the part of the communicator it is quick and easy to release a 140 character update to all of your followers in seconds and to also quickly respond to resultant queries. On my behalf or for instance today those who commute to work it’s a brilliant place to receive and search for information. I also think Twitter is good in such situations because you know that there is someone behind the twitter account that is hopefully in the know. More so even perhaps than the local news/radio stations as I think they too glean a lot of information from Twitter.

In the PoLR office today we used Twitter to follow what was happening with the storm, to also have a little chuckle at the unique choice of hurricane name and to keep up to date with the travel situation. First Bus, Scotrail, Subway (transport not food), Councils and many other transport/service providers took to Twitter today to keep their customers up to date.

I often find myself using Twitter in this capacity and it shows how the immediacy of it is now taking over or taking on some part of the traditional communicative channels e.g. news and radio. As it happens those of us who had a slightly longer commute decided to carry on the days work from home and try and shelter form ‘el Niño bawbag’.

In what way do you use Twitter most? Did you use it to keep up to date with the movements of hurricane bawbag?

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