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Can This Fool Get Shorty?



December 11, 2008 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: AKAM , GOOGL , AAPL

'Morning everyone,

I'm all a-jitter for Twitter lately because I've come to believe that it can be a terrific tool for a writer and investor like me. And for you, too.

If you're not yet familiar with Twitter, it's a micro-blogging service whereby messages of 140 characters or less are broadcast to your followers, people who read your "tweets." co-founder Guy Kawasaki made a strong case for Twitter as a business builder -- a way to add network effects to a business that doesn't produce them naturally -- when a few of us members of the Rule Breakers team interviewed him during our October tour of Silicon Valley. Read these two articles for more about how Guy uses Twitter:

Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter

How to Use Twitter as a Twool

And here are links to other Twitterific posts I've found useful:

5 Ways I Benefit from Twitter (Darren Rowse, @ProBlogger)

19 Handy Twitter Mashups and Tools
(Thomson Chemmanoor)

Community givers I particularly like (and therefore follow) are Guy, Chris Brogan, John Battelle, Tim O'Reilly, and, well, too many others to name. (I almost always enjoy reading the posts of those I'm connected with.)

Can these folks help you as an investor? If you're a tech investor, yes, I think they can, especially O'Reilly and Paul Saffo, a Fool friend that I've interviewed a few times. I also follow Sarah Wood because she's funny, Mary Smaragdis at Sun because she's an old friend, and Joe Quesada at Marvel because, well, I like comic books. (As if that's a surprise.)

Now, here are two tips for gathering investor intelligence via Twitter:

1. Targeted searches. Go to Twitter. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "search." Now, enter "Akamai." Page 2 of the results includes a post from analyst Dana Gardner asking why Google hasn't yet bought the company. You can also search by tags (try #iPhone if you're an Apple investor) or users (try @TechCrunch to see reactions to that blog's postings).

2. StockTwits. Though it appears to be more for traders than long-term investors, StockTwits is like CAPS in that it captures a snapshot of investor sentiment as expressed in tweets. You can view data at StockTwits even if you aren't on Twitter. (Here's the data page for Apple.) But if you are, logging in with your Twitter username and password allows you to join the conversation.

Finally, I've a favor to ask. If you like what we do here in Fooldom and what we're doing at Twitter (@TheMotleyFool), would you consider nominating us for a Shorty Award in finance or business?

Find the links here and here. Voting continues through Dec. 31.

I still think of The Motley Fool as the world's greatest investment community. But I've come to view Twitter as a powerful enhancement. If you agree, and you're on Twitter, find me at @milehighfool. And if you're not, why not give it a try? You've at least one Foolish friend waiting to show you around ...

Foolish best,


4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM, ppearlman (< 20) wrote:

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the shout out to our site in your article.  We are indeed building an awesome online community for traders of all experience levels.

 In addition, we can also add value to those who are more investment oriented.  For example, those who are interested in precious metals and who have been following me regularly would have found several tweets focused on how I have been effectively building positions in $GLD and $SLV over a period of months and taking advantage of price movement and optionality to do so.

I am always eager to hear any and all feedback and can be reached directly at


Philip Pearlman

Head of Research and Community Development

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#2) On December 12, 2008 at 12:14 AM, TMFMileHigh (76.02) wrote:


Adding Robert Scoble's video inteview with Guy Kawasaki to the resource list. Listen to how he talks about Twitter, GM, and Yahoo!



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#3) On December 12, 2008 at 9:26 AM, ppearlman (< 20) wrote:

hey mile high.. this one a cant miss from tim..  cheers..

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#4) On December 12, 2008 at 2:49 PM, TMFJake (86.11) wrote:

CAPS has a couple twitter feeds:

* An updated broadcast of the 5-star stocks moving in the market today:

* An updated broadcast of new picks by CAPS All Stars:

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