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Twittering the Gluten Free Way
- By Amy Leger
- Published 01/18/2009
My daughter was diagnosed at 15 months old back in 2000. I have been passionate about celiac disease and the gluten free diet ever since. Now my brother was just diagnosed and during the 2008-2009 school year my husband and I took in a Norwegian exchange student with celiac disease. I have just started a blog called www.thesavvyceliac.com and enjoy sharing my views and experiences with others through my blog.
So I’m new to all this funky technology. LinkedIn, Technorati, Digg, Blogs, Carnivals, and I’m just really settling to Facebook and thesavvyceliac.com of course. But right now “Twittering” (or is it sending “Tweets”) are all the rage. It’s like consistently updating your status with people on Facebook.
But can it help us get gluten-free information? Well, first off, it can’t if we cannot find people to follow, which is one thing I struggle with on Twitter. You can’t search topics or names to find people you know or groups like Gluten Free Living unless you know its exact name. So I’m here to help…Here are some good gluten-free Twitter feeds that are worth following. When I reference them with regards to the feed, I will type them exactly the way they should be typed on Twitter.
Celiac-Related Twitter Feeds
Recently, I began “Following” GlutenSecret, CeliacHandbook, GFLiving, CSACeliacs and many other people with gluten free or celiac connections. CeliacHandbook I have found to be one of the most interactive gluten-free organizations. The CeliacHandbook Twitter feed poses cool gluten-free questions and does quick mentions of products it has heard about. Celiac Handbook has its own website as well (linked down to the right) which includes restaurant information, celiac stories, lists of events and more. I am connected with them on LinkedIn as well and the members of that group are very helpful and smart in the way they handle their celiac disease and diet.
Gluten-free Living (Twitter feed by the magazine Gluten Free Living) is very new and in its short time on Twitter doing a good job of spreading news and directing people to its site. In fact the most recent feed I saw was that a Baltimore restaurant is carrying gluten free beer and dessert. Better go check out GFLiving’ss Twitter feed if you live there! I am sure this feed will expand with the company’s comfort level.
CSACeliacs is also new to the Twitter feed but so far hasn’t been majorly aggressive in its efforts to get out information. I would think it would be more aggressive considering the lengthy history of the organization. I will cut them some slack. They did respond to one of my blogs in the last week. So I was happy about that.
GlutenSecret looks like it has potential. I just started being “followed” by it today. It’s latest feed promises that there is “so much more to come”. Hmm makes you wonder what that will be — a GlutenSecret maybe?
And of course there’s me! AmyLeger (No for some reason I didn’t sign on as thesavvyceliac. How dumb?) Whenever I have a new post on my blog, I always post it to my Twitter feed! So if you like thesavvyceliac.com, feel free to check out AmyLeger on Twitter.
Keep in mind, I couldn’t list all of my Twitter “followers” in this post, so if you want to see more, just check my feed. This also doesn’t mean other gluten-free or celiac-related Twitter feeds are bad - it likely means I just haven’t found you yet! Which brings this post right back to where we began - why is it so difficult to find people on Twitter?
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