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Twitter is a social networking website that, in a nutshell, does a lot less than Facebook. It asks users to summarise what they want to say in 140 characters ("tweets"), which is usually a sentence of two. This is then posted for your "followers" (people who have subscribed to read your messages) to read and respond if they feel it is necessary.
A lot of my friends who sign up to Twitter begin by not really seeing the point. They've been forced to register because someone else has told them how awesome it is and how their life will be changed by the website. Like me, they then soon to enjoy the feeling of people listening and responding to what can be utter nonsense.
I'm not saying that everything on Twitter is utter nonsense, today when a shooting took place in a Colorado cinema various journalists were using the site to find witnesses who may be prepared to help them write their reports. It was also a great help in keeping up with a story that was developing as more was heard. More commonly however tweets are about what has been happening to the author or their general wonderings. I find it great fun for keeping in touch with friends that I don't see often or those that I don't know very well and would like to find out more about their personality, however I am still acutely aware that this is a social networking site that probably shouldn't be as popular as it is!
I'm sure I don't need to explain what twitter is, but just in case it's a social networking site in which you can post tweets of 140 characters or less. These tweets are a bit like a facebook status. You can follow other people's tweets and they can follow yours and almost every celebrity is on twitter updating you with their lives.
I first joined around 2 years ago, but really didn't care much for it. I use facebook a lot and didn't see the point of twitter. I have since got back into it, but I rarely tweet anything unless it is a reply to somebody else. I don't see why the public would care about my life in 140 characters! I use it mostly to follow celebrities, bands, comedians and journalists who post links to their latest articles.
Twitter has a huge number of users - almost everyone is available to follow which means there is no shortage of things to read.
Celebrities actually use it. If you tweet them, you may even get a reply! I have had a reply from a few bands and a few rugby players. It's a bit silly, but it really makes you excited! It also shows that celebrities are just normal people using the internet. If you are a big fan of somebody it allows you a unique insight into their lives and keeps you up to date with what they're up to. For me, I like hearing news about bands such as album release dates, live announcements and links to new videos.
The hashtag # can be used to tag key words in your tweet. This can then be used to see what is trending around the globe which can be really interesting. This shows, in a nutshell, what the internet is thinking about.
The official mobile app for twitter isn't great - it's generally a bit slow and not particularly useful. My mother found an app called tweetbot which is a lot better for twittering on the go. Any hardcore twitter fans might wish to use this app instead.
You occasionally follow someone who will tweet non-stop and so you have to sift through their tweets to find anything of interest - of course this isn't a problem with twitter, but more with its users!
There really aren't that many cons in my opinion - it's just a bit lacking in general.
Twitter is essentially a kind of blog that you choose who you subscribe to. I sometimes wish it behaved more like a blog with the option of displaying pictures and videos on your timeline. It's a bit annoying having to click through when sites like facebook and tumblr have the media embedded in the timeline. Maybe this is what gives twitter it's unique appeal. It also means the page will load quicker (and more recently the pictures load at one click of a button which is a big improvement)
I like twitter, but I don't think I'll ever get really into it. I find with facebook pages I get the same information via my facebook newsfeed along with my friends; a lot of celebrities and bands post exactly the same thing to twitter and to facebook. Overall I can see the appeal, I do use it, but I could live without it and I think the hype is a bit much.
I first tried social media back in the days when it was called "Friends Reunited" and you were charged for the privilege of trying to get in touch with people you hadn't seen for 25 years. For a while, Friends Reunited was one of the most popular websites in the UK, but it was eventually overtaken by free variants on what was essentially the same thing.
Having tried Bebo and finding it a bit juvenile, I fell in love with Facebook and have been happily using it for several years now. When Twitter fell into the spotlight following the crash landing of a US Airways jet on the Hudson River in New York back in 2009 I was intrigued. Twitter users had posted photographs of the evacuation of the plane online way before any news organisation and this in itself made the news.
I signed up but didn't become a regular user until about a year ago, having in the meantime watched my daughter embrace the site wholeheartedly, and in such a manner she made me feel like a luddite for still clinging to Facebook.
What sucked me in was what had brought Twitter to the attention of news organisations back in 2009 with the US Airways incident - the fact you can find out what is going on the world, as it happens, and when there was a backlash against the superinjunctions being sought by the wealthy to suppress stories in the press, Twitter led the way in effectively breaking the injuctions.
~~How Twitter Works~~
Unlike Facebook, Twitter is a pretty basic form of social media. Each post, or tweet you make cannot be longer than 140 characters. You can extend this using other programs such as Tweet Longer, but I quite like how it forces you to be pithy and try to stick to the character limit.
You don't have friends on Twitter either - you have followers. You can find people you know to follow - and I follow a few real life friends - or find other people worth following. People worth following can be the famous, the political, the funny or the controversial. They more likely than not won't follow you back but it doesn't matter - you can still see what they tweet and respond to it.
Twitter has a list of topics which are trending and these are taken from the topics with the most tweets. Some people add a hash tag to try to get a person or thing to trend but the best use of the hash tag (# for those not in the know) is to help other people on Twitter find your tweet, especially if it's about something being widely discussed in so-called Twittersphere that day.
Because Twitter is a public site, privacy settings are generally pretty low. Anyone can view your profile and you can't see who viewed it either. As most people's profiles consist of a picture and no more than 140 characters about themselves there's not a lot to see anyway. You can however block people from tweeting you.
You can set your tweets to private which means only your followers can see what you tweet, which I personally find a bit limiting. I tried private tweets with my daughter for a while but she hated it because it meant she couldn't engage in discussion with people who weren't following her on subjects that matter to her like Nicki Minaj's latest wig colour. I have access to her Twitter account and keep an eye on things there that way instead.
You can post links and pictures on Twitter but you have to use sites such as Twitpic or Instagram and use short links for the pictures and similarly use a site such as bitly.com to shorten a link you wish to share on the site.
If you see a tweet which you feel deserves a wider audience you can re-tweet it. The more followers you have the better as more people will see the tweet, and some people ask famous people who have vast numbers of followers to re-tweet charity tweets to reach that larger audience.
~~My Thoughts on Twitter~~
I have grown to love Twitter but I have to say it's taken rather a long time. Having done a little research on the subject for this review I learned I joined Twitter at the tail end of 2009 but didn't start tweeting until about a year later, which is when my daughter signed up after falling in love with Aiden Grimshaw on The X Factor and following his Twitter account.
I think my daughter and I probably perfectly encompass the people who generally have taken to Twitter - the teenager and the news junkie adult. Certainly if you look at trending topics you can see this with endless trends featuring One Direction and Justin Bieber which usually start up when kids have just got in from school in comparison with the news junkies commenting on the Levenson enquiry or Prime Ministers' Question Time in the Houses of Parliament.
I generally use Twitter when I am travelling as I find it loads more quickly on my phone than Facebook, or when I am watching something on TV and feel the need to put something out there. This might sound rather sad, but it's becoming increasingly normal for people to do this when watching TV and you only have to look at trending topics when a programme such as "Britain's Got Talent" or "The Voice" is on to see how many people are tweeting their thoughts. The best way to find out what other people are thinking about what you are tweeting about is to ensure you add a hash tag, with #bgt and #TheVoiceUK regularly trending on a Saturday night.
Hash tags are clickable so with one click you are taken to other people's tweets on whatever subject you fancy - the hash tag is, in effect, Twitter's way of helping you find a topic without doing a lengthy search.
For some time I had my tweets linked to my Facebook page and this works if you don't tweet too often. Since I started tweeting more about TV programmes I have removed the link but my tweet loving daughter has no such qualms and regularly fills her Facebook Timeline with her tweets.
This brings me to the subject of how often you should tweet. I try to be judicious because I have had to stop following people who tweet incessantly, especially those who use the site to advertise something else. I am all for social media being used to draw attention to things but when people use automated features to auto tweet links to the same things repeatedly it gets more than a little boring - especially if they unleash 20 tweets at the same time.
I generally don't tweet on the mundane, as I prefer the site for discussion or for jokes. I follow some people purely because they make me laugh, and there are some great spoof accounts on the site which exist purely to made you chortle at the very least. Cheryl Kerl - a fake Cheryl Cole - is a good one, as is Katie Weasel who regularly and mercilessly mocks people linked to popular culture. There is a really good fake Queen too. If something literally makes me laugh out loud, I tend to retweet it!
I like politics and follow some political figures including my own MP - it's a great way to contact him after all - and some political journalists. I've always liked Kevin Maguire from The Daily Mirror and Michael White from The Guardian for instance and follow them. I also follow other people who mock the world of politics and who aren't quite as well known in traditional media but certainly merit a follow purely because they make me laugh or think on Twitter.
I also follow Sally Bercow, who is married to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow. She makes me laugh because she generally doesn't give a stuff about what people think of her but she is also a passionate advocate for autism and I really respect her for that. She also follows me back, which is nice!
I also follow Piers Morgan, Lord Sugar and Gary Lineker. Morgan and Sugar have been bickering at one another on Twitter for ages and it was this bickering which drew my attention to Lineker, who is quite adept at coming back at Morgan with a witty retort. The whole thing is all very light hearted but it makes me laugh - with Morgan being excellent value for money as he balances his arrogance with retweets of retorts he receives cutting him down to size.
Of course as a news junkie I also follow a couple of news sites, with BBC Breaking and HuffPost UK my sites of choice for breaking news, but almost every news organisation has a Twitter feed these days so other organisations and sources are available.
If a news story is developing Twitter is marvellous - but of course you do have to be wary because sometimes a rumour can start on Twitter and people will run with it without checking to see if it's true or not. Last year someone posted to say Adele, who was suffering throat problems at the time, had throat cancer and roundly condemned her for being a smoker. This was completely untrue but was a trending topic for some time. On the other hand I first heard about the man who held a siege in Tottenham Court Road in London recently via Twitter - the news was evident from the trending topics way before BBC Breaking tweeted it.
For all that Twitter relies on whatever is trending to draw people in there is a bit of a drawback with this because the site attracts a huge amount of spammers who see a subject or person is trending and abuse that with fake tweets.
It doesn't take you long to spot the spammers - they usually have western sounding names and profiles which suggest they like dogs or cats - but their tweets are invariably nonsense and contain links to sites with no explanation as to what they take you to. I've never clicked on spam links and would advise anyone unsure about Twitter not to. You can click on their profile however to report them for spam and this automatically blocks them too.
I do wish Twitter would do something about this however as so many young people are involved in trending topics and many of these spam links are for porn. I am not computer literate enough to know what to suggest but perhaps blocking entire IP addresses and proxy servers might be a start as it really does spoil Twitter for me sometimes.
The site can also go over capacity at times which can be annoying if you are tweeting about a live event at that time. I have also noticed it can sometimes work very slowly on Firefox and as such I prefer to use it on my iPad.
I have come to love Twitter over the years and like it for wholly different reasons for loving Facebook. Facebook is where I feel I connect with people I know and who know me. On Twitter I connect with people who live far more interesting lives than me and who use it as a way of giving me a glimpse on their lives.
The site makes me laugh and doesn't take up a huge amount of my time either because most tweets are short and sweet so even if there's 100 of them it takes no time to read them.
I think a lot of people are put off Twitter because they expect something similar to Facebook but while you can if you desire make your Twitter account a place to connect with people you know, you can equally make it something else altogether, so if you have an account and are unsure how to use it - persevere!
Hi guys, I have been on here a while but have only just begun writing reviews so hopefully you'll be nice! Haha :)
Anyway now onto the topic in hand:
I have got a Twitter account (I put it off a long time but finally gave in due to curiosity and a little sheep following, I am ashamed to say) and have made about twenty or so Tweets myself. Tweets of course are the status updates you make to your followers on this simple but ever so popular social networking site.
Admittedly I'm following far more than those following me - about fifty people who comprise of famous people and a handful of ordinary guys and girls or acquaintances. I'm not celebrity obsessed and am generally not bothered what drink someone has just had at lunch or what they've just bought in the shops and have chosen who to follow based purely on interests. After all, I don't know these people personally and only want personally effectual updates.
E.g. I am following a few footballers but this is only to monitor how they interact with fans and how they react to wins and sadly more commonly these days in my case, defeats. It does provide the fan and player a closer bond than they had previously. I'm not interested in their private lives so there is that danger of course. I should think that also from their point of view, or that of any so-called celebrity, Twitter provides them with more security than Facebook though because of its simplicity and more personal approach.
Also worth following are news and sports channels such as BBC or Sky as well as journalists and this is what gives Twitter the edge over other social networking facilities such as Facebook to me. It gives you a consistent notification of what is happening, current affairs-wise, and provides you with a very useful news feed. A lot of the world's journalists use social networking sites to gain information from so it is worth using Twitter in the same way: a little like a simpler yet faster-thinking news channel.
Your profile is quite basic. Like YouTube you are able to upload a photo and use it on your background or use a block of colour as well as change the colour theme. There is also the typical avatar inclusion at the side of your username.
You're given just the one or two sentences worth to describe yourself as well. There is also a private messaging service and the opportunity to re-tweet tweets just as you would re-post photos on Tumblr and increase its circulation.
Photos can be posted if necessary but I think this is one of Twitter's weaknesses in comparison to the likes of Tumblr or Facebook. With Facebook, you're able to post whole albums and with Tumblr you can post it within your actual post. Whereas Twitter's interface is only large enough to post a few words and/or links. Talking of Facebook, you are able to post your Tweets to your Facebook page to annoy twice as many people along the way!
I stopped Tweeting a long time ago myself, because I realised that in contrast to more famous or important (they don't always go hand in hand of course) people or companies, I'm neither important nor famous and no-one really cares what I have to say in a few words. I feel I only have something worth wile to say to the online community if I'm reaching out to them with something helpful such as reviews (such as here) or on my blog and that takes many words, which is not possible on Twitter.
I did get a few unwanted followers (trolls etc.) at first but they soon un-followed; however, that is a problem with Twitter. Unless you restrict your following settings to the point that you have to confirm them, you are open to absolutely any type of follower and cannot ignore them like on Facebook. I have gained a few classic film loving followers due to my famous old actress background and mention of it in my profile; yet it seems quite difficult to have any real, mature conversation with them, due to character limitations and the site's layout, despite having a shared interest. Whereas in Facebook you are able to join groups relating to specific interests or politics, on Twitter it is more ambiguous. There's no groups or games. In some ways this is part of its appeal. Facebook could be described as too complex to the point of tackiness because of its many features; some of which are not even useful.
I should imagine it would be an excellent publicity tool if you are running a business though. Posting quick updates to those who follow you about your latest product and plans is a quick and effective way of providing the latest update without wasting paper via leaflets and the like, as well as putting out links to websites and blogs.
It is possible to use it as a social insight device, just by going to Twitter's site and searching something specific in the search bar. It gives you a vague notion of how people perceive something. This is also something you can do with Facebook but with more limited results due to stricter privacy settings. Of course society has become more narcissistic so I wouldn't be surprised if some more famous folk search themselves! If they have the guts, that is: since the internet as a whole, and this is not excluding Twitter, is chock full of trolls and real opinion.
It is always interesting to note that to the side of the main Twitter interface you are given updates of what is 'trending' via keywords (either nationally, globally and locally). Usually it is nothing interesting at all: just something you are more likely to read about in OK! magazine or something! Nonetheless it does give an interesting view of how its users think and when something big happens globally, it's usually trending. However, I acknowledge that I could be taking it slightly too seriously. Just to give you an idea of the power of Twitter in terms of news broadcasting is that if a famous person is trending on Twitter, many people automatically assume they may have died or something (although not necessarily the case). It has become a powerful means in how people gather research on current activity.
I'd say personally with me the jury is out as far as Twitter is concerned. Not as exciting as Facebook or as cool as Tumblr to some, perhaps due to its simplicity, although it's a lot classier with less of the spam and annoying extras. Excellent tool if you want regular updates from half-important people but rather dull if you've nothing interesting to say yourself and as a result cannot attract a decent following. Difficult to carry a conversation with real friends or those with similar interests so I find it difficult to pinpoint the use of telling others what you're doing unless you have something interesting to say.
Like anything, if used effectively it's okay! I suppose it would make not a bad personal archive as well. I can understand if a few people would find it that the novelty wears off relatively swiftly, though. It really depends on what you demand in your social networking.
Twitter allows you to 'tweet' about yourself and what your doing. It allows you to speak and connect with friends, family, and even complete strangers! Millions of people use twitter and the site allows you to share your views and opinions with others.
Twitter is extremely easy to use, all you have to do is signup and then log in and share what you are doing with the world! You may not believe it but there are people out there that want to read about what your doing at that specific moment in time!
Celebrities also join twitter to let their fans know about what they're doing and where they're going. If you do have a certain intrest in a celeb, it is worth checking out their twitter page as it is a great way of getting noticed or just to find out whats happening. A few of the celebrities that have Twitter include Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry.
If people think you might be interesting or post good tweets they will 'follow' you. This is just like a friend add on Facebook. Once a person follows you, your tweets will apear on their news feed of tweets. And, likewise, you can follow people also, and you will see their tweets.
Twitter is avalible on applications for mobile phones, iPods, and you can obviously access it by internet. They have made it possible for you to tweet wherever you are - so why not try it?!
I used to hate twitter with a passion, now its like my 3rd arm. Twitter is a social networking site, that many celebrities, musicians and networkers use.
Unlike blogging or facebook, you can only use 140 characters unless you have signed up to a twit longer site. That means most people use it for short sharp statements. I follow a lot of commedians and they seem to be able to use the space to make you laugh. I also like tweets that have interesting links to things.
You can shorten your links using bitly.com and then you still have more space to write about what the link is. You can even follow dooyoo on twitter!
Twitter has become a huge media subject recently with the super injunction and footballer story. He is trying to sue twitter which is a joke in itself as the whole point of twitter is to say whatever you like and if people dont like it then they dont follow you.
The background of twitter can be changed to a picture of your choice, and this can be seen when people view your profile. I would also recommend putting up a picture that appears next to your tweets as people will be more likely to follow you.
There have been books written about how to use twitter to maximise your fan base, and at 169 followers Im getting there! _flauticious_
Until very recently I didn't really get Twitter. It always seemed to me to be Facebook's inferior cousin. You know like when you watch the remake of The Karate Kid and just think, "There isn't anything wrong with it but what does it actually add to the franchise?" There are a few reasons however why Twitter is taking more chunks out of my time by the day whereas my interest in facebook is on the wane.
For the people who don't know, Twitter is a social networking site that allows you to share your thoughts with other people online. Where it differs from the likes of myspace, Bebo and facebook is that it doesn't offer anywhere near the amount of bells and whistles that these and many other sites do. If you want games and applications Twitter is not the place to be. If you want to listen to music by new bands or watch videos Twitter will offer you nothing but links to other sites. Stripped down to the bare bones Twitter offers you just one thing, the ability to express yourself to the twittering community in no more 140 characters or less.
Yep, that is not a typo. Just 140 characters which includes spaces and punctuation. Of course if you want to ramble more you can link to offsite blogs etc but fundamentally Twitter is about being short and sweet and this is one of the things I have come to love about it. No rambling melancholic posts about 97% of people not posting this status on their walls, no endless links to crappy music videos, just people sharing their short opinions on their World.
As you have so little space to say what you think you find yourself getting creative with your text to squeeze out those characters. Refreshingly despite the overwhelming temptation, a lot of people don't resort to text/online speak so U do not get 2 much of this kind of stuff to read! Joining is very easy requiring only one page of Name, username and password stuff to get going initially. This is much more pleasant than wading through the now multiple pages you get when you join the majority of sites although you have to be creative with your username as some outlandish ones are taken. Of course once joined up you can add the usual personalisation to your viewing profile including avatars, backgrounds and a short bio. However, this is a stripped down service so you won't need to be constantly titivating as it is more about what you say rather than how pretty things are. The whole site is very streamlined in predominantly white and black and this makes it very easy to navigate and a joy to the eyes. Indeed, it is so streamlined that you can quite happily use it on your mobile and post a new tweet via text. It is all about the speed and ease of use.
What marks out Twitter from other sites is the anonymity it can give you if you so wish. There is a certain freedom of speech on here that you simply do not get on facebook. Whereas everyone from your work colleagues and your nan will probably see what you have written in your latest facebook status. If you choose an anonymous username you can be free to say whatever you please with the repercussions of a telling off from your mum! Unlike facebook, Twitter isn't about friends but rather about following and being followed (which isn't as stalky as it sounds and isn't competitive). You can "follow" the updates or "tweets" of people you know, groups that interest you and even celebrities and if you write interesting things people may in turn "follow" you with things appearing in a "timeline". Of course to follow people you know you need to know their username to find them hence the joy of anonymity. However, the real fun is to be had in following the people that interest you outside of your social circle. Random strangers often have some fascinating and funny things to say. The ability to follow your favourite celebrities gives a certain humanity to them as they are more often than not refreshingly more candid online than they would be off. Seeing into the mind of some of my favourite people like Stephen Fry and up and coming comedian Chris Ramsey is great stuff and with the ability to comment on their tweets you often get a reply.
Of course Twitter isn't all a bed of virtual roses. These celebrities ramblings are all well and good but the amount of obviously fake accounts out there are astounding. Only a few of the celebrity profiles are "verified" by the celebs themselves so you have to be wise to the ones that probably aren't. How was Dom Joly tweeting regularly from the jungle on "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Also prefer yourself to be disappointed by some of your heroes with comedian Jason Manford being a perfect example:
There is also the bizarre thing of "trending" in which the most popular things talked about in your area or around the world are listed in a top ten. Some of these things start some interesting debates whereas some are just bizarre including Everton's Phil Neville becoming a worldwide phenomenon and at time of writing thousands of people including the word "bumhole" in film titles! There is also the problem of self promotion with people posting links to countless weird and wonderful things from there blogs to cashback sites. My general rule of thumb is don't click on any link unless you are sure it is taking you somewhere you want to be. That rule certainly applies here.
However, with the ability to view, update or tweet very quickly on either a mobile or on the internet I find myself using Twitter more and more. In general, people on this site are far more interesting than elsewhere and there is less of the, "I just went the toilet" types of posts here than on any other social networking site. The anonymity I have gives me a freedom to express myself or vent on current events and as a genuine alternative to facebook, it is worth a gander.
When friends of mine started nagging me to join Twitter I dismissed them constantly because I am distracted enough during my life with Facebook, though to be honest I now only tend to use Facebook to reply to messages, upload random photos, keep intouch with my family and most importantly play Mafia Wars which as stupid as it sounds has me totally and utterly addicted to it, I simple HAVE to play the blooming game every day, use my energy pack or I am like a nervous wreck counting down the hours until I can get in front of the computer to take my go! Seriously it is that bad, so the thought of being distracted my something else during my working day or relaxing weekend was as far as I was concerned a no!
So I joined back in April 2009 and set up my account and then didn't do anything after sorting all the settings out, adding my friends and changing my background because I didn't quite get the point of writing something in 140 characters when I could waffle on and on with Facebook and not have to type anything in text talk just to fit in, by the way I find text talk very annoying. So it lay dormant for a few months and every so often I would log in and have a read and then find a celebrity and follow them and after I got a reply back, or a 'Tweet' to give it the proper name, from a celebrity I started to log in more often, cursing myself for being sucked in but all the time thinking it might be alright after all.
So for those of you not on Twitter and still don't know what it is, I applaud you, but Twitter "is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what's happening now. Twitter asks "what's happening" and makes the answer spread across the globe to millions, immediately" according to the people behind the actual application and it is based in San Francisco in the United States of America. Over time it seems Twitter, like Facebook, has evolved and got better given that you can now write messages in numerous languages such as French, German, Japanese, and Spanish to name a few and it has spread itself further around the world and is now available in almost every country in the world, which I find quite amazing.
What does Twitter do, well in essence it can do whatever you want it to. Whether that is breaking news from Sky, the latest football scores from the premiership or what is going on in politics, economics, The Sun Newspaper basically if it is on Twitter and you sign up to it then you can pretty much know whatever you need to know in those 140 characters. It also allows you to keep in contact with friends, family members, work colleagues, celebrities and anyone else you wish to be informed about. Basically you decide what you want to know, who to follow and whether or not to reply, it can be as arduous task trying to keep up with everyone, an easy task because you set yourself a limit on who or what you will follow and it can be both boring and fun, whatever you want it to be.
So the Twitter basics. Once you have signed up at the Twitter homepage to create yourself an account with a Username you are halfway there. You need to assign yourself some security settings if you want to protect your Tweets (which essentially means only those people following you can read them), pick a background or find a website that offers them for free and apply said background to make it look all fantastic and jazzy and then once you work your way through all your settings you need to find someone to follow so you get the hang of how it works. Now on Twitter there are hundreds of celebrities you can follow, infact if you Google and ask it who is on Twitter you'll end up with a list longer than your arm and can quite easily attempt to follow them all, people such as Barack Obama, Nick Clegg, Stephen Fry, Rio Ferdinand and even our very own Dooyoo is on Twitter, infact you will be quite surprised that who you can find on Twitter that has an account, only if it is a celebrity they will have a little blue tick next to their name which means Twitter have verified them and ensured that they are not a fake account and are actually who they say they are. Or if the idea of following a celebrity doesn't appeal to you, then you can just choose to follow your friends and family who might also have a Twitter account and stick to just conversing with them. How you choose to use it is entirely up to you.
On the Twitter homepage (on the right hand side of the screen), there is a display which has a list called 'Trending Topics" and this displays a word that has been used most often, some of them have a hash tag in front of them, for example #BB is Big Brother which for some obscure reason has got everyone talking right now and is a popular thing to Tweet about, so you can click on #BB and read what everyone else around the world or in this case the UK is saying about Big Brother and in some cases you are able to reply to that person, even though you don't know them and join in the debate (assuming they don't have locked Tweets). It is often these obscure words and topics that often hit national media outlets and cause breaking news stories and one of the more famous ones was the campaign to get Rage Against the Machine to number one instead of the X-factor winner, okay so it started on Facebook and then gathered momentum but on Twitter people also talked about it and that's where I found out who won the number one spot for Christmas and more often than not that is now where I read Breaking News from sky, for example on my Twitter right now I've just read:
SkyNews At Least 19 Dead After Congo Plane Crash
And if I click on the accompanying link I am taken direct to the Sky News homepage to read more on this article, which is up to me to decide whether or not I actually want to read more on this story or not and in most cases I don't unless I am really interested in what is being said. I have also been told that Lady Gage is now the most followed person on Twitter having won the competition with Britney Spears with six million followers!
Also on your homepage which you will see as soon as you log in there is a big white box with the words "What's happening" written above it and it is in this white box that you have your 140 characters to write something, it can be absolutely anything you like and my last Tweet was "Sick of this rain, my tea has gone cold, the phone is ringing and I want a Milky Bar" to which a few of my friends have replied with something they find witty or in one case very funny and a few others have agreed the weather is crap but they do or don't want chocolate... some of my other friends are Tweeting about Big Brother to which I tend to leave a sarcastic response and one friend is currently telling the world about a madman on the bus sitting next to her chanting loudly that he hates everyone and everything. There is also the opportunity to Re-Tweet a message to everyone who follows you and what this means is that should something really interest you, you can inform everyone who follows you about it by simply clicking 'Re-Tweet' which will be found underneath the Tweet and then you will be asked if you want to Re-Tweet to all of your followers and you simply click 'Yes' and hey presto it is Re-Tweeted for you.
For me there are four main aspects to Twitter and they are:
One: Following people - this means what it says you add people to your friends lists, like you do here on Dooyoo and read what they write and reply to them if you think you have anything worth saying (like with Dooyoo you comment if you have something to say)
Two: Tweeting - Using the 'What's happening' section to update your status no matter how random you might think it is
Three: Replying to Tweets which is important because if someone messages you then you need to reply to them and underneath a Tweet is 'reply' and you type your reply in the What's happening box where it will say @Skynews and then you type your reply. Likewise if you want to reply to anyone there should always be the @ sign and that persons Twitter name before you can reply to their message or mention them in your Tweet.
Four: Direct messages, this is where people message you privately and again it is important to reply to those as well.
If at anytime during your time with Twitter you have an issue there is a really good Help section which you can find on the top right hand side of your screen called Help and so far I have managed to resolve every issue that I have ever had with Twitter, such as being locked out because I put the wrong password in to being confused as to why I cant follow someone. Whatever you need it should be there and if it isn't then there is an opportunity to contact someone (after going through a lot of the help topics) and they usually email back within 48 hours in my own experience.
Do I enjoy Twitter, well like everything else I have learnt to love it and it now forms part of the way I communicate with a lot of people, mostly for fun I have to admit and because I use UberTwitter on my Blackberry it allows me to communicate on the go and reply as and when I want to, but at the same time doesn't make me feel like I am missing out on something. So if I am sat on the bus home, I can log into UberTwitter and I can Tweet at my peril.
What is UberTwitter? In essence it is the Blackberry application for Twitter which you can download, for free, onto your Blackberry and it supports Twitter as a whole, allowing you to Tweet, change your photo, follow people and so on. If you have a Blackberry it is definitely worth downloading through the Blackberry World Application Centre.
In my year and a bit on Twitter I have done 4709 Tweets, I follow 154 people from all different aspects of my life from people I work with, went to school with, penpal with, politicians, authors, journalists, celebrities and even Dooyoo friends are on my list and I am followed back by 60 of them (although the Dooyoo team aren't following me, stamps foot) but if any of my other Dooyoo friends want to follow me then by all means PM me your name and I will add you.
In the meantime if you haven't tried Twitter than I can only suggest giving it a go especially if you go on Facebook a lot because it makes a nice change and you can update both status' at once if you are an avid Facebook status updater (which I am not) and you never know you might even get to chat with a famous celebrity or find out some really good gossip to share with the rest of on Dooyoo.
Just as we had all got used to Facebook and how to work it, suddenly a new social networking site emerged - Twitter. The media went crazy over the website but what was so special about it?
Twitter is used to 'tweet' what you are doing. For example 'i'm going to make a cup of tea' (some tweets are actually that mundane!) Although the website is used to 'connect with family and friends', in reality it lets people stalk celebrities. Many celebs have opened twitter accounts, ranging from Lady Gaga and Britney Spears to Jonathon Ross and Scott Mills.
How it works you ask? You sign up for free on the website. You can then go on a mission to find people to 'follow'. Unless security settings prevent you, you can follow anyone on Twitter. Likewise, they can follow you.
You can follow family and friends, but frankly their lives just aren't as exciting as a celebrity's! The people who you follow 'tweet' and it comes up in your 'feed', so you don't have to go hunting to find out what they're doing.
It is also possible to contact the celebrities you follow, and in some instances they may 'retweet' what you have written, or reply directly back to you. Retweeting is basically repeating someone's tweet on your own feed. It's a way to spread the message basically.
You can also 'direct message' someone which basically is a bit like emailing someone on your twitter account - therefore it's quite private.
You can direct message and retweet regular people too should you want to....
There is also 'whats trending' where it picks up what people are saying and you can see what others have said about something you've tweeted about.
I have a twitter account, but I don't really tweet what I'm doing... with 29 followers, I doubt any of them care. However, reading what other people are upto is quite addictive.
It appears that twitter is the latest social networking craze. Having joined the website a few months ago i feel that is only now that i fully understand how to use the blogging website.
The aim of twitter is to provide individuals with your thoughts, opinions and feelings in 140 characters and under. It is essentially short mini blogs for those who can't be bothered to write long paragraphs of emotion.
The website can be a little confusing as the are actions to can take such as putting an @ in front of someone's twitter name so that they will read your 'tweet'. There are a number of these actions stil around which i still feel i do not know or understand. For instance, on a friday a blogger should 'ff' which is follow friday which encourages people who are following you to follow others.
I suppose the aim of twitter is to get as many people as possible to follow you so that your voice can be heard. However, I am still unsure as to how one increases their followers.
One of the main benefits of twitter i would say is that there are a number of famous, influential and interesting people on twitter and the site makes it very easy for you to contact anyone on twitter however if they are famous then it is unlikely that they reply!
Overall, i would say that the latest craze of twitter is most likely only going to get bigger - especially if the facebook craze dies down and i think the overidding benefit of twitter which some individuals have not realised yet is the fact that twitter is a fantastic way for you to network with other tweeters.
Twitter seems to be loved, loathed or wholly misunderstood.
If you love it, this review might bore you. If you loathe it, hang about you might begin to like it and if you don't understand it yet, hopefully by the end of this you will.
Twitters popularity really began in 2007. The first ever tweet was by Biz Stone, one of it's founders. There are around 65 million tweets a day on twitter.
A tweet is essentially a micro blog. Tweets can be a maximum of 140 characters, may reference other users, and can include links to un-connected sites and content. At the beginning, many users found most of their tweet taken up by a link, however with so many application developers around, we soon had use of link shortening tools, as well as a multitude of other twitter applications.
Your tweet can say anything you like. The idea is you 'follow' other users and you can see their tweets. They may follow you back, they may not.
What you tweet can massively improve your Twitter status - generally defined by your Twitter following and re-tweets.
So that's a basic overview, below I'll go into more detail on terminology, useful applications, celebrity users and do's & don'ts
Tweet - a 140 character update. The character limit includes spaces and punctuation, so you will find a lot of 'text speak' on twitter. If you are a bit of a grammar and spelling fiend, such as myself, this can take a bit of getting used to, but stick with it.
Re-tweet - this is where you see a tweet from someone you follow that you feel is entertaining/relevant/shocking etc and you re post it to your followers. Twitter now makes this easy to do and it can be done at the click of a button. Re-tweets are obvious as the beginning of the tweets has RT
Direct Communication - this can be in two forms. The first, if you wish to reference a particular user, place @ in front of their name and continue message. This is not a private message and can be seen by your followers. If you wish to send a private message, firstly you and your intended recipient must be 'following' each other. This is particularly helpful to prevent being spammed. To private (or direct message to use the correct twitter term) you type 'D' followed by the user-name. Direct messages are still subject to the 140 character limit.
Trending Topics - Trending topics are a list of the most popular terms contained in tweets across twitter. Quite often they are accompanied by # . A list of the 10 most popular topics are found on the right hand side of the Twitter screen. A point to note is that Twitter have recently allowed 'promoted' topics, whereby companies can promote themselves. The companies will have paid for these.
Realistically, there are too many to detail so I'll just overview a few different ones.
Tweetdeck - this is immensely useful. You download Tweetdeck to you computer and you can sync your Facebook account too. With Tweetdeck you can add columns searching for specific topics and you will see all posts relating to that topic. You can send tweets from tweet deck and it automatically shortens URLs using a twitter verified shortener.
Twitpic - A photo sharing site. Easily share your photos on twitter.
Twibbons - Twibbons, are small add-ons to your profile picture. Generally these are for causes, recent twibbon campaigns have been for I Love NHS and cancer charities. Companies and events also use twibbons and they can be a sign of your attendance or support of an event.
I just want to add that there are a multitude of mobile and iPod applications available for twitter.
Twitter certainly has buy in from famous people. Stephen Fry is possibly the most well known user. Demi Moore & Ashton kutcher both tweet regularly, in fact I think Ashton Kutcher was the first user to gain 1 million followers. Demi Moore had a spat with Perez Hilton on twitter over his comments about her daughter.
There are tons more, but as with anything there are fakes. So, Twitter came up with a way to let us mere mortals know we are following the real deal. If you want to follow a famous person, check for the 'verified' sign in the top right corner of their profile.
----------------Do's & Don'ts--------------------------
Don't tweet about your breakfast, your lunch your dinner etc. No one really wants to read that and you'll haemorrage any followers you may have.
Do use it as part of your business marketing strategy. Never underestimate the power of twitter. Once you have gained a following, make sure you reply to any messages, good and bad. Bad service is tweeted far and wide and can hugely damaging to your reputation.
Don't spam. That includes posting continual links to your website. Don't repeatedly send the same tweet. Twitter may delete your account if they think it is spam.
Do tweet funny things, funny pictures, amusing stories, contain links.
Do get involved in the trends such as Follow Friday (#FF) where you recommend people for others to follow.
So that's basically it. Hopefully it's useful to some and if you got this far, go get a drink, you deserve it!
Twitter is essentialy a social networking and microblogging site. Once you sign-up, you can make your first post (called a 'tweet') which is limited to 140 characters, so you'll have to make it short and sweet.
There are different ways of 'tweeting', either through the site itself, through SMS or through e-mail. There are also a selection of apps people have made for twitter that allow you to do stuff like post pictures to Twitter (TwitPic).
Once you make a post on twitter it's displayed on your profile page for everyone to see, unless you choose to 'protect' your tweets so that only approved followers can see them. If you choose not to protect your tweets anyone can follow you. By following you, your messages will appear on their homepage when they login. You can do the same by clicking '+ follow' on someone else's page. This is probably the biggest attraction Twitter has to offer, mainly because of the number of celebrites that use it. Therefore you can find out when Chris Moyles is having a cup of tea or when Nick Clegg is going to the toilet.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ What is a tweet? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
A tweet is effectively just a fancy word used instead of 'message'. A tweet is a message that has been sent through the Twitter website. They call them Tweets as the Twitter brand is associated with the picture of a blue coloured cartoon style bird.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ My experience of Twitter ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
When i first got a Twitter account (a personal account) i thought I'd check it out to see what the fuss was all about. After opening an account my first thought was "It's just status updates?". A few weeks later i decided to set an account up for my business as i knew i would have to keep up with trends in order to grow my business. As other small businesses were using Twitter, i had to make sure that i did too.
I am glad i did end up sticking with it in the end as Twitter is a good online networking tool. Although it isn't great for using for personal needs as not many of my friends use Twitter, it gives me the opportunity to catch up with other local businesses and find out about opportunities for small businesses such as my own. For example, local business networking companies advertise events or workshops on Twitter.
Twitter gives me the opportunity to network with other local businesses that i might not normally talk to as they are in a different sector to my business or i just haven't come across the business before.
I really like the trends facility, although it doesn't often work to my advantage it is a good way of keeping up with current affairs and trying to associate yourself to the subject in order to gain followers. For example if #worldcup was trending then you were to mention #worldcup in a status update, people who are then searching for #worldcup could come across your update and decide to follow you based on what else you have said in the update.
Like Facebook, Twitter now allows you to connect to other applications in order to use alongside your Twitter account. Connections that i have found useful are Twitpic which allows you to upload photos and post them on your Twitter account and Buzzom a tool that allows you to effectively manage your Twitter followers.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Advantages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
- It's free!
- Rather than copy and pasting someone else's status in order to send the information to your followers, Retweet the information at the click of a button.
- Keep up to date with latest trends/current affairs in your country or worldwide by selecting which area of 'trends' you wish to see.
- Catch up with friends, family, clients and businesses. Post pictures and links and tell them what you're up to too.
- Connect to other applications in order to gain features that are currently missing from the website.
- Send Direct Messages to people so that they are kept private.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Disadvantages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
- No groups or pages - although you can place followers into groups so you can find them easily, there is nowhere that certain groups can chat privately between themselves.
- No photo albums - although you can connect to applications such as Twitpic in order to upload photos, it is quite annoying that you don't already have photo albums connected to your account.
- Tweet length - The length of each Tweet is quite short although this is not a problem for such as statuses, when trying to send a direct message this is quite annoying as you can't fit all the information you'd like to onto one message.
- Over capacity - Occasional because there is so many people online at once you are unable to use Twitter as it is over capacity. This is quite annoying as it seems to happen quite regularly at busy times although it is starting to improve.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Conclusion ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Although there is some features missing from the website, it is constantly being updated and new applications are being developed. I would recommend that anyone should at least try Twitter - old or young, business or individual, what have you got to lose? It's free!
There are people who use Twitter and those that don't. Those that don't, in my experience, have either not got a clue on what the point of the site is and others just don't seem to understand the fascination of whether someone else is eating their tea.
When I first joined twitter (over a year ago now, how time flies) I didn't think I would use it. I was one of those people that heard Stephen Fry talk about it and joined up so I could follow him. I soon found other people I knew on it and then my 'followers' kept increasing in numbers.
So, what is twitter? It is a social networking site but instead of listing your favourite music and uploading pictures you make short (140 character) statements about what you are doing/thinking and others have the option to @reply you about your status.
The site is free to use and you can send free texts if you are on vodafone to update your status/receive status updates. There is also a wealth of 'apps' to use to update your status/receive updates for both your phone (not just the iphone) and your computer. A lot of these are free to use and install.
Of course you can just use the website. Once you are signed in you have your own homepage which shows updates of your friends which you can comment on if you have anything to say. It also lets you see if anyone has sent you a private messages, an option to only see your @replies and see your followers/following list.
So, who can you follow? And what is the point in following them?
Friends seems like the first obvious answer and it is definitely a good starting point. But your friends aren't your only option. You can follow your favourite celebrities (which are verified) so you can feel less guilty about stalking them; they will also let you know in advance what they are up to regarding appearances. Many smaller celebrities also tweet back if you say something that they can reply to. On top of friends and celebrities there are many accounts for news sites (serious and non-serious).
I personally use twitter to follow my friends (and some friends I have met through other friends on twitter), some celebrities, some politicians, some news sites and some science sites. I read more than I update, though I do have a considerable amount of tweets (in the lower 7k's).
Who you follow really does make the site. If you keep your following/follower lists up then it will be all the more enjoyable, especially if who you are following is interesting.
I would recommend the site, and you don't have much to lose except time if you become addicted like many people do at the beginning.
I was a major skeptic of Twitter when I first heard of the concept - who would honestly wanna tell everyone everything they do throughout the day? Then my friend convinced me to join by telling me I'd be addicted. Not the thing that is meant to get you hooked in, but believe me, I'll try anything once.
Twitter is a social networking website that follows in popularity with Facebook. It seems that anyone who has a Facebook will most likely have a Twitter, whether to link it with their existing Facebook account (which you can also do) or to follow friends and tell followers about their daily activities.
~So what does Twitter do?~
Twitter allows you to write a 140 character update on what you're doing right now, or whatever else you wanna say. Once sent it is shown on any followers homepages and they can reply to you from there.
~How do you join twitter?~
It's easy, takes about five seconds, and requires you to have an email account, but that's about it. You just sign up, login and away you go!
~How do I follow my friends or anyone else I'm interested in?~
If you know your friends twitter account already, you can usually just type in http://www.twitter.com/theirname and it will lead you right to their page. Otherwise, you can click "find people" and type their name, find people by your email account, or invite them. It'll even give you suggestions of things you might be interested in! Once you've found the person or page you wish to follow, just click follow and it'll show it's been done with a nice green tick.
~What can I do on Twitter?~
Other than telling the world when you're buying your groceries, you can also check out whats "trending" on the site, which pretty much just means "the thing that everyones talking about".. I believe you can change your location and see what the local interests are, so I've got mine set to UK. Trending at the moment is Dancing Dog (Chandi from BGT I imagine) among other insightful things.
~What's a retweet?~
Retweeting is pretty much repeating and telling your followers what someone else has already said that you wanna share on. It's pretty easy to do, and you'll find you're able to click "retweet" by the persons update.
So that's the basic lowdown on how things work. You can view updates on your home page, personalise your own profile, and all that usual snappy stuff. And wow, you can even follow celebrities! Not everyone's for real though, so don't get too excited.
Since using Twitter I have to admit I am enjoying it quite a bit. I have it linked to my HTC phone and I use it on the move when I feel I have something exciting to say. I'd say its better when you can use it on your mobile phone obviously, but either way it's all good.
The whole worlds tweeting and leaving myspace in the dust!