Twitter

Twitter – What is it?
• Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. The message can include web addresses and other links.

What do you do with it?
• Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app and you can add links to other sites, photos and videos.

What is tagging?
• A word, phrase or topic that is tagged at a greater rate than other tags is said to be a “trending topic”.
• Trending topics become popular because of an event that prompts people to talk about a specific topic which helps their users to understand what is happening in the world. (Trending right now – Ebola, George Clooney). You can use a hashtag #Ebola

Why?
• Advertising – products and events.
• Promotion – prompt events linking to more information in your blog or a web site.
• News feeds- BBC, CNN, The Times.
• Social comment shared with family or just people who follow you.
• Read comments by interesting people or complete idiots.
• You can learn by following links to more information.(follow @TEDTalks).

Why bother?
• Saying something concise in 140 characters is quite difficult. It improves your writing and makes you think in a clear, succinct way.
• You can have your say, by tweeting to news-outlets, (such as BBC Radio – The Source) or by commenting on a service or product, (the service on ABC airline is horrible!)
• You can send photos of events, (omg there’s a shark).
• You are part of a global conversation, (read Yoko Ono, Richard Branson,The Pope).
• You are not alone and it is fun – @EmrgencyKittens (For when you need a kitten (or other type of cat) to cheer you up! )

A friend of mine is a DJ and when she plays certain tunes she will link them to her site via a tweet with the name of the group and title. The members of the group follow her and can see when she plays their tune. They then retweet it to their followers and their followers retweet it so you get a snowball effect.

E.g. coming up next Blues Without You http://Junkyardlive.com @StoneyCurtisBand,  the “@” sends a direct message to the group.

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