Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging website, owned by Twitter inc.
Twitter users can send and read other peoples’ messages called tweets.
A tweet is a text based post of 140 characters or less displayed on the users profile page.
When a person sends a message it is sent to all of their followers.
Following someone means that you receive there messages on your home page.
Twitters Impact on Business
Twitter gives businesses a new way to communicate with their customers.
Businesses can use Twitter to quickly listen and respond to customer feedback.
Twitter is a great way for businesses to get opinions on their products.
Individuals can offer product ideas for businesses.
Businesses can advertise their products or great deals that are going on.
2, 302 government related Twitter users
Government users identified most important uses of Twitter for the government: (1) means of getting word out quickly, (2) importance in public communication, and (3) importance in media communication
Other important uses include public safety and emergency notifications
Main use in government: To inform the people
Direct to the Public
Twitter in Communications
No distance restrictions
Celebrities can use their accounts anywhere and anytime
Celebrities use Twitter to create an illusion of intimacy and closeness with their audience
Celebrities use informal language features that give the audience a feeling of privileged access to their lives .
Twitter in Academics Build communities, conversations, groups Converse questions, reflection, discussion Follow experts, current issues, learning domains , professor announcements Share knowledge, ideas, links
Watch what you say
Everyone can see it
Stephen Fry – most followed celebrity
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Twitter is a social networking site
Used by B.C.G.A.
Benefits as well as dangers
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