The Early Bird…Social Media Style (2011) is a social media site that creates a daily, online newspaper by aggregating the posts of your Twitter or Facebook friends.

I learned about it several months ago after seeing a number of Twitter posts that looked like “The MY NAME HERE Daily is out! Top Stories by LINK LINK and LINK.”

I didn’t really want to create a ‘Mike Nicholson Daily’, or ’46alpha Daily’ utilizing all 14,000+ Twitter friends, but did come up with the idea of utilizing a Twitter list of only DoD and DoD-related Twitter feeds.

Considering many of the feeds are official Twitter accounts, the Social Bird was born.

Very easy to set-up and no maintenance required to keep it published and promoted every day which is why I see so many of them – truly ‘Fire and Forget.’

I use it just to get an idea of what some of the DoD social media sites are pushing out on any given day.

It appears that the “Top Stories” are either randomly selected, or picked with some kind of algorithm, but I enjoy seeing articles that I might not otherwise see buried among the crowded social media landscape.

Mike Nicholson

I've spent my career working in a variety of Strategic Communications, Public Relations, Public Affairs, Information Operations, and Executive Outreach positions. With a history of planning, preparing, executing, and assessing communication strategies in the U.S. and abroad, I use this site to write, think and share lessons learned on organizational communications.

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