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The Shorty Interview
with Justin Berk
What's your best tweet?
HolyCloud Part 2! Frm/same storm I shwd hittng PCola Bch Wed eve RT wrthy http://twitpic.com... went viral to Spain falsely as Irene
What are six things you could never do without?
My iPhone, a camera, a connection, doppler radar, Weatherbug, My family (not twitter related but true)
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
I share weather information, promote stories, and help share info for my contacts and supporters
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
More interaction on Facebook, but more frequent updates possible on Twitter
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Pheanas and Ferb or Goodnight Twitter
What feature should Twitter add?
Some of the people I follow don't always show up when I try to tag them. Cleaning that up would help or suggest who to share with
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
I'd hate to say, since they might have one and I don't know of it
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Stickage, FaithintheFlakes, snow, icy, rainbow, radar, storm, windy, record
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Anyone who is a weather nut and likes to share what they see
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Why should we vote for you?
I do this for the love of weather, the sport of forecasting, and the job of communication
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#Stickage and #FaithintheFlakes @JustinWeatherwonaShortyAward
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
I've actually become really good friends with someone and we talk on a regular basis.. that was after passing the crazy test
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
I like to share a photo or image weather related...Sometimes make it rhyme to be catchy not cheesy
What inspires you to tweet?
Weather. Big events and unique twist on the mundane. Great pics take the lead up there with snow
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Don't tweet about yourself too much, but rather share a pic, link, or comment on a relevant topic. Retweet the good and help promote the best
How long can you go without a tweet?
Depends. Overnight.. a few hours during the day... but only a few minutes if there is a big weather event hitting our area
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Did we ask too many questions? :-)
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
More characters? But that might not be a good thing.Hmmmm
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
It is not about what you ate, but can really share important information and also make you laugh
Why should people follow you?
I love weather and treat it like a sport. I like to share pics, radar updatesmy forecast, retweet, and ask for others to chime in to help out
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
How do you decide what to tweet?
If I see something cool, interesting, or have some info to share. Sometimes breaking news, sometimes my thoughts, and all in between
Why'd you start tweeting?
Because it was another way to extend myself beyond TV. Weather goes on when the show goes off
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes. Twitter has just allowed me 2b in touch w/more people, including running, sports, & just life that I might miss while living life
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Share my weather tweets and share their weather pics or stories with me :-)
How will the world change in the next year?
Make more people aware of weather. It's not all scary and bad, but in those times help spread important info. In good times, have fun w/it
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Tweets too long or tagging the wrong people
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
More mobile, more outdoors, and more snow