Since my introduction to the Internet in 1994, I have not
experienced another tool demanding such a high level of adaptation and change. It feels like there’s a new plug-in or add-on every week and a new “everyone’s doing it now” site to visit each month.
One trend that has drastically changed the way I work is
micro-blogging. At least once a day, I check in with my feed on Twitter where I
am following several industry leaders in the web design field. It's
interesting to follow these folks in real-time as they troubleshoot and solve
impossible problems in their own jobs. What they learn, they share… what I
learn, I share, and the instant-feedback loop thrives!
Many people (myself included) will even hint at upcoming
projects they are a part of and the challenges they face. Since we work for
companies who are driving the look and feel of the web, I get a sneak-peek
into what’s a few months away from being “hot" on the web.
Twitter and other forms of micro-blogging, such as
Facebook status updates, provide me with a virtual peek into what’s going on in
the world, keeping our ideas fresh. In our industry, it’s really easy to sit
back in a dark office, cranking away on a project without interacting with peers.
Micro-blogging gives us a chance to quickly, easily exchange information and
ideas without interrupting our workflow. It’s a pain-free entry point into a
world filled with inspiration!