Twitter describes itself as, “a micro blogging service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
Twitter was created in March 2006 by jack Dorsey
In 5 years over 200,000,000 registered users
1650 tweets per second
majority of twitter users are between 35 and 49
Hashtags: helping you find interesting Tweets: People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics
1. Be willing to engage and follow other people. 2. Don’t chat. 3. Twitter is public. Duh. 4. Take a break. 5. Go easy on self promotion.
Twitter as a news breaker . Twitter as a feed reader (for more important feeds) . Twitter as a marketing tool. Twitter as a tracking device . Twitter as a tool to communicate during conferences.
Terms to know
Tweet: a single twitter message of 140 characters
Profile: your twitter persona of 160 characters
Follower: relationship in which a person choses to receive your tweets
Timeline: globally visible twitter stream
@Reply: a public response to a single user that is directed to a special inbox for that use. Also appears on tweet stream of that person's followers.
Retweet: twitter message forwarded to another member's followers