Twittering away on Tweed

WORLD surfing No.1 Joel Parkinson is out shark fishing, Mick Fanning has cooked a chicken dinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest is sitting in Parliament and liking it - according to their Facebooks and Twitters.

Well-known Tweed residents are joining millions of other online users on the latest social networking websites to spread their daily agendas, thoughts and feelings to loyal followers.

Murwillumbah-born Titans player Anthony Laffranchi and Tweed Nationals chairman Murray Lees have also established Facebook accounts.

Twitter, a social networking and micro-blogging service, enables users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters.

Through Facebook, users can add friends, send mess- ages and update personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

Both are free to join with an email address.

Local businesses and institutions have also caught on with Tweed Tourism, Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Southern Cross University and Tweed Heads Real Estate among established groups online.

Murwillumbah and Uki are two Tweed towns with their own sperate online groups. The Murwillumbah, Heart of the Tweed group has attracted more than 350 people, while Friends of Uki has more than 100 on Facebook.

Mr Provest said he enjoyed keeping in touch with old friends and meeting members of the electorate through Facebook.

“I try to keep it alive and updated,” he said.

“I've had a few young people voice their concerns to me through it.”

Murwillumbah naturopath and nutritionist Olwen Anderson said Facebook and Twitter have helped her boost business.

“I'm on both several times a day,” Ms Anderson said.

“It's a fabulous way to find out what's happening in the rest of the world.

“I can follow exactly what I'm interested in from the people I follow online.”

She also posts notices of her daily blog notice on Twitter for clients to follow.

Ms Anderson recommended businesses use Facebook to help get their profile into the online community.

“People want to know who they're seeing rather than looking at a name in the photo book,” she said.

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