Invite your friends to a special event you’re hosting?
Post pictures of your new additions to the family?
So what is Twitter?
In simplest terms, Twitter is a FREE service that allows anyone to say almost anything to anybody in 140 characters or less.
What Does Twitter Look Like? Go to www.twitter.com and signup for a FREE Account.
Tweet - When you post or write your 140 characters on twitter and hit send it’s called a tweet or tweeting not a twit.
Handle – that’s your twitter name for example: @ducttape
Follow – this is simply the act of adding someone to your list of people you are following – this makes their tweets show up on your homepage.
Twitter Terms (continued)
Replies – this is what it is called when someone writes a tweet directly at your handle - @ducttape cool post today blah blah – this is often an invite to engage with a follower.
Retweet – this is a tactic of republishing someone else’s tweet – the original tweet along with author stays in tact, but you are basically showing someone’s tweet to your followers – many people find this a great way to add content and acknowledge good stuff from the folks they follow
DM – this is a message that is sent directly to another user. They must be following you for you to DM them, but this is a very useful tool for private messages and generally a good choice when you start going back and forth with someone on something your entire base of followers might not find interesting.
Complex or Simple?
Apple recently wrote a case study about Twitter.In the article, Apple wrote,
“ Twitter’s meteoric rise to ubiquity is proof positive that the world, in all its complexity, is eager to embrace simplicity.”
So how would you use Twitter?
Get help with a customer support issue?
Show & Tell your friends what you’re looking at on vacation?
Find a great restaurant in another city that everyone recommends?
Communicate with people who enjoy the same activities that you do but don’t necessarily reside in the same location?