What is Twitter?
Firstly, Twitter is a free service that allows users to publish short messages (called “tweets”) that are read by “followers” – people who choose to subscribe to your messages and have them delivered to their own Twitter home pages.
After you sign up, you join in by answering the question “What are you doing?” on the home page in 140 characters or less. The small number of characters allowed forces you to be concise and to the point. The home page is also where you read all the tweets written by the people you are following and you can reply to these if you want to.
When I first heard about twitter, I didn’t see any use for it, rather thought it would be a waste of time to read what other people are saying about themselves, their families, how they feel, what they’re wearing and whatever elseÂ they thinkÂ is important, then I realised that Twitter was about forming relationships, just as all social networking tools were. So do I use it now? Yes I do, my twitter name is plfbus – I am still new to it, but am getting the idea now.
Is Twitter for you?
I’d say, think about why you might want to useÂ it. Here are some of the different reasons I can think of and there will be a whole lot more that will occur to you I’m sure:
- to share common interests & ask questions of experts
- to follow the links to good resources & special offers
- to get feedback about other people’s experience with anything from a purchased program to how to get the baby to sleep
- to meet people in a special niche or just people generally
- to keep up with news, opinion and happenings in your field
- to get news of updates to programs you run
- to get general news, like from CNN
- because there’s buzz about it
- to keep people in your personal life updated
- to build business contacts
Thanks to Twitter I’ve been able to learn from, get to know better and have online conversations with many people I hadn’t heard about before. Give it a go – if it’s not for you, just delete your account.