Twitter – The Microblog

When I’m asked to talk about social media and get around to talking about Twitter, the first question I get is “Please tell me what Twitter’s all about. I don’t get it.”

Twitter defines itself as the following: “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages.  People write short updates, often called “tweets”  of 140 characters or fewer.  These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.”

Why Tweet?

Think of Twitter as a microblog — you can “tweet” on any subject that you think’s appropriate for your followers. What’s on your mind? Did you find a great article on an interesting subject? What are you doing? Start following friends, politicians, celebrities, musicians, news agencies and more. Get a feel for what you think’s relevant and start tweeting. And retweet posts you think your followers will enjoy. 

Download TweetDeck and you’ll quickly improve your Twitter experience with shortened URLs, columns to sort your friends, categories, replies, direct messages and searches.

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