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“ If THE REAL SHAQ isn't somehow involved in the investigation, I'll be devastated: "Whoa!! They just came to my room and said our truck was broken into and someone stole my time trial bike! Wtf?!? APB out to the twitterati...they also stole 3 others. crazy!!...A pic of the stolen tt bike. There is only one like it in the world therefore hard to pawn it off. Reward being offered."
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“ Jen was fuming. There he was, telling her he didn't have time for her and yet his page was filled with Twitter updates. Every few hours, sometimes minutes, he'd update with some stupid line. And in her mind, she was like "He has time for all this Twittering, but he can't send me a text, an email, make a call”
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers."
Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.
The short format of the tweet is a defining characteristic of the service, allowing informal collaboration and quick information sharing that provides relief from rising email and IM fatigue.
Twittering is also a less gated method of communication: you can share information with people that you wouldn't normally exchange email or IM messages with, opening up your circle of contacts to an ever-growing community of like-minded people.
You can send your messages using the Twitter website directly, as a single SMS alert, or via a third-party application such as Twirl, Snitter, or the Twitterfox add-on for Firefox.
Your tweets are displayed on your profile page, on the home page of each of your followers, and in the Twitter Public timeline (unless you disable this in your account settings.)
Twitter has many uses for both personal and business use. It's a great way to keep in touch with your friends and quickly broadcast information about where you are and what you're up to. For example, "I'm downtown and aching for some sushi. Anyone like to join me?“
For business, Twitter can be used to broadcast your company's latest news and blog posts, interact with your customers, or to enable easy internal collaboration and group communication.
The last several major tech events were covered by Twitter. Twitter users heard about the Apple iPhone faster through Twitter than they would have via blog surfing. Similarly, people in San Francisco reported on earthquakes before news agencies could.
A Twitter user could ask about a web designer for a project. They could get back 14 emails in 10 minutes from different sources on Twitter. It’s a great place to find folks to help with things. Imagine being able to send ask for immediate directions when you are lost.
Use Twitter to direct folks to blog posts that have been written, news we find needs sharing, or entertaining things we’ve found on the web (Twitter has a built in function to use tinyurl.com to shrink URLs to keep it under 140 characters). It’s *like* using del.icio.us to share, but it’s instant, and you wouldn’t drop 100 links on someone in Twitter in a given day.
Visit the Twitter website and click "Join for free" to create your account. Consider using your real name as your user name to help your friends find you more easily.
Once your account is created, login and click "Settings." From here, you can setup your account details, manage your password, register your mobile phone and IM account, configure how you receive Notices, upload your photo and customize your account's design.
Your Twitter page is located at twitter.com/your-username
From the Twitter website: Login to your account, visit your friends' Twitter pages and click "Follow" underneath their photo. If your friend's account is public, you will immediately start seeing their tweets on your page, otherwise your friend will need to approve you before you can see their updates.