The Twitter phenomenon
What is it about twitter that everybody seems to be talking about it? Some say it is the coolest social networking site, others think that it is for boring people who have nothing to do but “tweet” all day. Either way, everyone is talking about it so I had to join in and see what was it all about.
I joined Twitter about 3 months ago; if you want to follow me on Twitter, just click here. So far I have been following about one hundred people and I am followed by around 70 people who apparently claim to be interested in knowing what I am doing. But, has Twitter worked for me? Let’s say that in 3 months I have done about 500+ “tweets” from which I have gained 220+ views coming back to my directed links. I don’t call that a success, but then, I am still very new to Twitter and I feel that I need to find out more about it before I give up.
What is twitter?
- Twitter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page.
- Twitter Support :: Frequently Asked Questions
Getting to know Twitter What is it? Twitter is a service for friends, family, and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People write short updates, often called
Twitter in Plain English: A quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter.
So, according to what I have read, Twitter can be used as:
- An Information network.
- A micro blogging platform.
- A social networking site.
So far I have been only using it as a social networking site.
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Why do people Tweet?
Apart from the obvious marketing reasons, people Tweet in a constant update of finding their identity. People want to let you know who they are, what they are doing, where they are. It is a case of “I Tweet, therefore I am”.
Why do people like Twitter?
- It’s fast.
- It’s open.
- It’s easy.
Twitter's "suggested users"
- Twitter's 'suggested users'
Some high-profile Twitter accounts have been seeing astronomical jumps in the number of users subscribing to their profile updates -tens of thousands of new followers, in some cases. A feature launched last month, called "suggested users," contribute
What does it mean to follow someone on Twitter?
Following someone means receiving their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it appears in your Twitter home page so you are getting updates in real time.
Who should you follow on Twitter?
Apart from your friends, family and people you are really interested in knowing about; you can follow virtually anyone you want. From co-workers to politicians, movie stars to other high profile personalities.
One of the features Twitter has created to start new people who sign up for their service is a suggested users page. As part of the sign-up process, new users are now shown a sort of featured personalities list that includes a wide variety of popular people and companies. Included are U.K. newspaper The Guardian's technology page, Web personality Felicia Day, TechCrunch, computer maker Dell, grocer Whole Foods, the New York Times and CNN.
Thanks to the Suggested users page some Twitter users like The Guardian have experienced a windfall going from about 4,000 followers to 66,000 in about a month.
Find Celebrities on Twitter
Celebrities who love Twitter
Celebrities love Twitter, perhaps because they are the most narcissistic of the lot. They need to be recognized to be celebrities. The people Tweeting just want to be in the forefront of your mind.
Aparently, one of the most famous celebrities in Twitter is MC Hammer one of the most obsessive Twitterers who claims to send updates every hour.
Jane Notar takes a peek into the tweets of Hollywood's elite in the Famous Celebrity Twitter Update.
Celebrities on Twitter
- Famous People on Twitter - View Their Tweets on FamousTweeters.com
Some famous Tweeters you will find here are: Adam Goldstein (DJ AM),Al Gore, Alan Carr, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Andy Samberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger Ashlee Simpson Wentz, Ashton Kutcher, Barack Obama Britney Spears...
The Twitter debate
Despite its avid followers and those who think that Twitter is the home for vain superficial people with nothing to say, the debate about Twitter is furious. Sometimes Twitter can be boring and trivial, while others it can very exciting and even scary. For instance, when terrorists attacked the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai on November 2008, several of the people trapped inside were describing the situation to the outside world via Twitter. The people trapped in there were the first ones to report the facts from the inside before any journalist or major news channel had any access to the information. Most of the time however, Twitter is filled with trivial messages like “going to bed”, “eating a hotdog”, “away to do the dishes” or even more bizarre messages such as “blue sky” or “thinking”.
Trends in twitter
- twopular - Popular trends on twitter
Here you will find the latest trends on Twitter. You can search for key words, look for trends in the past 2 to 8 hours. Go back in time and look for Twitter trends last week or last month. You can see who are the top Twitterers for each trend...
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