Feb 01 2008
I’ll be the first to admit I joined Twitter and Facebook thanks to social pressures from Jeremiah Owyang. I figure that when you’ve got a friend who’s a social media guru, you should listen to his advice once in a while. I’ve regretted signing up for both some, Facebook because of the privacy issues, especially Beacon, and Twitter because it is such a time and attention hog if you let it. Both are great social networking tools and have helped me get in contact with other security professionals and fans of the blog/podcast. If you keep in mind that everything you put on either of these tools can be read by your boss or potential boss, that is.
On the other end of the spectrum in the security community is someone like Jennifer aka Mediaphyter. Jennifer has gone out of her way to find as many security professionals who are using Twitter as possible and named us the “Security Twits“. I don’t like the name myself, partly because it sounds like an insult, partly because it makes me feel like we should be on a podcast with Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson. Leo’s a great guy, but sometimes Steve makes me feel like he missed his meds first thing in the morning. Not that I’d turn down a chance to be on their show, of course.
If you’re a twitter user and want to follow a bunch of security professionals, you need to take a look at Jennifer’s list. I’ve already found more than a few people I’ll be adding to my own list. I have this funny feeling that the list might get hijacked by a reporter somewhere and listed as the “most influential people in security” in the not too distant future. At least Amrit’s not at the top of the list this time!