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Designed to Connect

Initiate Identify your purpose: Determine what you want to learn and the message you want to convey through Twitter. Make a list to guide you and to give you focus, which is necessary on Twitter. The platform is fast paced, and it is easy to become distracted and lose focus on your main objectives. This is not to imply you should limit your initial searching. I would not recommend that, but eventually you will want to refocus. Craft your presence: Be sure to add important aspects about yourself in the bio section. Many search engines use this data (as does…

Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects

by Andrew Hawkins, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee One of the more popular social media platforms is Twitter. You hear more about it every day. Twitter is a fast-paced 140-character conversation stream, and it is full of Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals. With Twitter, you can increase an awareness of your firm or yourself within the AEC community. It provides an endless stream of conversation and information waiting for your interaction. You can grow your network of professional contacts across the country and the world. Twitter is a convenient method for finding current information about architecture, design, and construction, along with other…

Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media

Andrew Hawkins, AIA New Media Committee From productivity to documentation to marketing, the Designed to Connect series will cover various tools available to architects. Technology can aid an architect in many of their endeavors. It should not be viewed as an adversary. It should be integrated into everyday practice. The series strives to provide insight into “new media” from an architect’s perspective. Connect: (verb) to join, link, or fasten together: unite or bind. This is the possibility that new digital media presents for architects and the AEC profession. New digital technologies provide us with opportunities to connect others to our…