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How Do You Use Twitter?

  • May 14, 2010
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I've grown to really find the various ways you can use Twitter very helpful. Below are some tips and ways to help understand Twitter more, especially for new users or people trying to build up their following. 

Everybody is welcome to chime in if I missed anything! 

Two Things I've Learned About How Twitter is Different

1. Twitter is not your status update. Before recently, I used to think of Twitter as a platform similar to the Facebook status feature. I was wrong. While some people still use it to talk about what they're eating, what they're thinking and what they're seeing happen live - other folks are using Twitter to share links to articles, videos and websites that they feel their networks would find useful. 

For example, while Facebook may be the best place for you to say how mad you are about the new immigration law that was passed in Arizona, Twitter is a great place to share links to articles regarding reactions and protests. 



2. Twitter is not just for your friends.
You may not know everybody you interact with on Twitter. Unlike facebook, where everybody is your friend that you've accepted - Twitter interactions happen amongst strangers and people outside of your network. Use this to your advantage. The culture on Twitter is open and engaging, giving people the chance to potentially get into conversation with industry professionals, topic experts and fellow enthusiasts of whatever topic you're into. While Facebook may be for your friends in college, you can use Twitter to connect with CEO's of companies, bloggers on cancer research or folks who are training for the same upcoming 5k you are. 



Three Ways I Use Twitter Today

1. News Sources - It might sound crazy that a social network platform is now my source for news. But with the various news networks you can follow, the industry experts and the use of hastags that create trending topics - it's very easy to get a sense of what's happening in the world when glancing at what's being talked about on Twitter. Sometimes news gets updated and shared with faster on Twitter rather than watching on TV or searching on Google. 



2. Sharing Articles - The articles I share are pieces of information that show what I'm into. On facebook, your friends may not be into the work and causes that you're so deeply involved with. But on Twitter, the more you share about your personal interests, the more meaningful your following will be. Share things about advertising news, Los Angeles events and hip hop songs, and you can expect to attract and engage with agency professionals, city locals and hip hop fans that are just as interested as you are.



3. Asking for Advice - Putting a question out there that appeals to your following can really help give you some insight as to what information you're seeking. If many of your followers are gym goers, you can expect to find out what best time to go to your local gym is. I've gone out on a limb asking my Twitter network for simple questions, and for the most part they've always come through. 

These are just some of the ways I've used Twitter to interact with folks on the internet. It's worked out pretty well for me. But I know I'm missing some. What are some ways you use Twitter? I

 

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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to update with text messages of up to 140 characters in length. Users can also read updates from others by going to users' pages or by "following" them. "Following" allows updates from others to arrive automatically in a feed on a user's Twitter homepage. Twitter functionality is similar to that of Facebook's "status" feature, and both can by synced via Facebook status settings.  

Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in early 2006. The site later won a South by Southwest Award in the blog category in March 2007. By mid-2008, Twitter featured over 3M accounts. 

In addition to its functionality as a microblogging service, Twitter also features several social networking elements, including public lists of members who are following a user's updates and those who each user is following (although both of these features may be set to private). Twitter also offers a public profile, a scraping mechanism to find and invite people a user knows through email accounts, and a minimally customizable page.

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