Twitter can be a great place to find the latest news and opinions on everything that's happening in the world of Facilities Management (#FacMan) and property maintenance.
What is Twitter?
In case you don’t know, Twitter is a microblogging and social networking service that users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Users can post, like and retweet tweets, and it can be a fantastic platform to share news and opinions. You access Twitter through its website interface or its mobile device app.
Tweets are restricted to 280 characters, though audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.
As of 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users. And with that many users, it is hard to know where to start?
Top FM experts on Twitter
Who are the top FM experts on Twitter that you should follow?
Good question – that’s why RFM Group have compiled our top list of FM twitter Experts.
- @RFMGroupUK Obviously we have to put ourselves at the top, but we really are experts in all aspects of Facilities Management. Over the years RFM has shared insights about hard and soft FM, security, cleaning, FM technology, Integrated/Total FM and much more.
- @IWFM_UK The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) is the professional body for workplace and facilities practitioners.
- @TomorrowsFM is the Twitter account for the online Facilities Management magazine Tomorrow’s FM.
- @FMJToday Facilities Management Journal (FMJ) is a leading resource for the FM sector, providing industry-specific intelligence for the public and private sectors.
- @fmjobfinder For the latest FM Jobs and opportunities across the UK from FMJ Today. And don’t forget you can check out careers with RFM Group here.
- @IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized association for facility management professionals, supporting over 20,000 members in more than 100 countries.
@TheFMJ Is the IFMA’s official magazine written by and for FM professionals who develop and maintain productive workplaces to shape the future of the built environment. Note it is US-focused.
@IFMNet The premier daily news, features, comment, research and information resource for facilities management and property professionals in the UK and Europe.
- @FM_Conference Workplace Futures is the Annual Conference for the UK FM Industry: Return to the Workplace.
- @SupplyChainExp deliver learning on subjects such as #FM, #construction, #tech, #retail, #logistics, #commerce and #SupplyChain from around the world.
- @BusinessDesk_YK Online news from the Business Desk – though not strictly FM, they do cover a great deal of property news and often feature insightful articles in our area.
- @FMINSPIRED Is the Twitter feed of a quarterly gathering of educators and innovators within the facilities management industry. Their aim is to come together to solve industry challenges and personal projects.
- @CIBSEFM CIBSE is the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Their FM division shares insights on maintenance and facilities management.
- @CentricOffice Share knowledge and insights on fit-out, furniture, workspace management as well as workplace and ergonomic assessments.
As well as following experts on Twitter, searching and following hash tags can be a great way to keep up with the world of Facilities Management.
What is a hash tag?
When a hashtag is used in a Tweet, it becomes linked to any other Tweets that include the same hastag.
Adding a “#” to the beginning of an unbroken word or phrase creates a hashtag.
Tweets that include a hashtag can give context and demonstrate the area or subject that the tweet is about. It can also allow related information to be accessed over longer periods of time.
If you search for #facilitiesmanagement you will instantly find the latest and most popular information on facilities managemnt from around the world. Similarly, other useful hastags include #FacMan #FM, #construction and #workplace.
Twitter Lists – An easy way to follow FM experts
A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter accounts.
Twitters official description of Twitter Lists is as follows…
Twitter Lists allow you to customize, organize and prioritize the Tweets you see in your timeline. You can choose to join Lists created by others on Twitter, or from your own account, you can choose to create Lists of other accounts by group, topic or interest. Viewing a List timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the accounts on that list. You can also pin your favourite Lists to the top of your Home timeline so you never miss a Tweet from the accounts that are most important to you.
Twitter lists can be really useful for you to organise the content you see and filter out other accounts.
We’ve pulled together the experts above and some more as we’ve found them into our own FM expert list. You can follow our facilities management experts list here!