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A Twamendous Twool To Twink about Twusing

  • Jan 28, 2009
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I'm not afraid to admit it, I'm completely addicted to Twitter.

In case you haven't read the other reviews, and never took the time to check out twitter.com; Twitter is an online communication tool that allows you to post a "micro-blog" post of only 140 characters or less.

I started using Twitter about a year ago but it took me a few months to realize the potential that this tool has. One thing is for sure, I can tell why some may hear about the buzz, sign up, and lose interest fast.

The thing is, Twitter in and of itself is not much fun. If all you do is go to the site, it will be difficult to really see what is going on with your followers and those following you. It wasn't until I started to discover the free Twitter applications available, that I really started to dive in hard-core.

The Twitter applications are web, mobile, or desktop applications that allow you to categorize, search, combine, group, track, and manage your Twitter account activity.

Here is what I consider the best Twitter app on the web right now...

TweetDeck - TweetDeck

This is a desktop application that I use to track all of my follows/followers, search for popular terms being used in Twitter, and a few other goodies. I highly recommend you check it out if you're going to use Twitter. You can download it at www.tweetdeck.com.

The only major downfall I've seen with Tweetdeck is the lack of ability to manage multiple accounts. Other than that, its awesome.

Getting Started with Twitter

The best way to get started on Twitter is to watch what is going on and see how people are interacting. Go to search.twitter.com and do a search for something you're interested in. read through the results.

If you see topics being sent through twitter that you can contribute to, don't be shy. reply to the original tweet with your comment. This is how you'll begin to create a base of new followers. By being a part of the conversation.

Twitter Terminology

Like any other community, Twitter has terminology that is unique to its users. Here are a few odd ball words you may read/see/hear from tweeple.

Tweeple - People who use Twitter

Twitopolis - Another word for the Twitter Universe. (okay, I made this one up and think I'm about the only person using it)

Tweet - A message sent through Twitter

ReTweet - When you forward someone's message to your followers.

Twunkie - A Twitter Junkie

Reply - A message sent to you or someone else that begins with the @ sign and the username you want it to be directed to.

Direct Message - A private message sent to or from another user.This is one of the only private actions you can take on Twitter.

A Good Twitter Article

There are a gazzillion resources out there for twitter but when it boils down to it just read this one. It'll give you a great set of rules to follow for using Twitter.

Last but not least, enjoy it, its an awesome place to hang out!

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May 29, 2009
I love Twitter! If you're only using it from the website.. I think you're really missing out on a lot of things. I would also add something about hashtags (#fromset, etc). Hashtags help tag your tweet so that people with similar interests can find them on search.twitter.com. It also helps it get to the trending topics portion of Twitter.
April 16, 2009
After,reading,this,again,I,think,I,could,have,used,more,commas. Holy,comma,overdose,batman.
April 12, 2009
I've been using twitter for about a year now and I still don't know all the ropes of it, so thanks for breaking it down! I'll have to check out TweetDeck, too :)
April 06, 2009
Oh I am a big Twitter fan! It is such an easy interface to use and it's a great way of getting timely news out or other leads to events etc. "I will follow you, follow you wherever you will go...." lol
March 31, 2009
I adore Twitter, but I have to take issue with two portions of your review: 1) In my year of Twitter usage, I've never heard ANYONE use the term "tweeple" ... and 2) I find TweetDeck incredibly difficult to navigate.
April 16, 2009
You've never heard someone use the term Tweeple? Really? Follow me & that'll change, I promise. :) Have you found an alternative that works for you other than tweetdeck? I'd love to know what it is. I'm always looking for ways to enhance the experience.
February 04, 2009
Twitopolis!! I've seen that "update via Tweetdeck" and had no idea what it was...Thanks for that! Twitter is also my main way of getting news now..is that sad? Following BBC is the best thing I've done all year... I'm quickly becoming a "Twunkie!"
January 29, 2009
Very true Rain Man. Very true. In all honesty, Twitter isn't for everyone and that is totally okay. Just like Facebook or any other social site, you have to find what works well as an extension of your own personality. That and what will fit into your virtual wallet of assets. Try it out, give it a few months of attention and see if you're able to find a good use for it. I will say that the longer I'm on it, the more ways I find to use it for marketing my own personal stuff as well as my clients. I will say this though... because of twitter I'm able to hold conversations with industry leaders that I would never be able to get face time with otherwise. That alone makes it worth while.
January 29, 2009
Hmm twitter eh? I have of course heard of it, but I was reluctant to give it a shot, because you know we all have enough of the ubiquitous sites that we frequent every time we open up a browser. Eh, when in Rome?
January 29, 2009
First of all, I'd def. use a tool other than their website. download Tweetdeck or Twhirl or if your IT dept. won't let you download software at work you can use a service like Tweetvisor (a web application that you don't need to download.) Now, using one of these services, search for tweets that have keywords you're interested in like 'healthfood' or 'not eating at desk'. Read what ppl are saying about your interest and start following those who post links and comments on those interests. Check out Kevin Rose's post on increasing your followers as well. http://twurl.nl/r0q4s6 - This will work both ways because as ppl follow you, follow them back and be a part of the convo! Feel free to drop me a line @Trontastic any time with any questions.
January 28, 2009
LOL oh yes my friend. Be sure to add me to your follow list if you haven't done so already. Later Twater!
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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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