Twitter seems to be the most useful of social media tools to engage with the community.
didnt get twitter at first, until I saw Tweetdeck (a great startup
company in the UK). Tools like tweetdeck allow you to filter out the
noise and turns twitter into an excellent research and communication
tool. If there is some great event happening, an interesting article to
read, or a cool new project update, you can usually find it out first on
The other aspect to twitter is following
interesting people - or as is more common, following interesting
hash-tags - eg. #LJCJug for the London Java Community or #Clojure for
discussions on the functional programming language.
many people share their blog posts by twitter, its not a complete
replacement for for RSS feeds, rather it is a good way to find blogs
that are worth reading and adding them to your feed reader (eg. Google