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The Twitter phenomenon

Updated on May 11, 2011


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.

Twitter in Plain English: A quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter.


Why 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. 

Are you on Twitter?

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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?

  1. It’s fast.
  2. It’s open.
  3. It’s easy.

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.

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”. 

Are you on Twitter? What are you expecting to get out of it?

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      7 years ago

      I'm glad you took a look at Twitter & explained it from a beginner's perspective. I'm trying to do the same with a new website I launched where I'm trying to offer general knowledge of Twitter in addition to sharing descriptions as to how others use Twitter. If you'd like to contribute please contact me.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Twitter me ;-)

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      Twitter Traffic 

      8 years ago

      Very Helpful..............

    • fbliangcha profile image


      8 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

      I am on twitter and at first I thought it was too hard to use but now that I have become used to it's function I think I like it more than facebook. As microblogging goes and short attention spans get shorted maybe Twitter will exceed facebook and google combined in users.

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      8 years ago from Bat Island

      I don't have a twitter account yet. Reading your hub will definitely attract me to have it. Thanks for informing about twitter. Great hub.

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      Website Development 

      8 years ago

      im still amazed at the growth of the thing. being in the website development industry myself its absolutely amazing how it grew in such a short time.Come to think of it isn't twitter just a bunch of status changes?

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      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Twitter is so hard to work out or maybe I am so far behind the times I'll never be able to catch up. Anytime I do think to have a look, it seems there is nothing but mindless tweets from people going to do stuff that is of no interest to anyone. I do use it occassionally to link back to one of my hubs but I don't see that bringing me any benefits. Ah well, back to the drawing board, more stuff to learn, will it never end?

      Thanks for your information, it's a start!

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      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great help to me to get started with Twitter from a hubber perspective. Thanks!

    • FindYourSearch profile image


      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Twitter certainly has its uses, but it can be hard to sort through the massive amounts of (often trivial) information. Nevertheless, I've found it useful in business and to stay in touch with people.

    • mike1242 profile image


      9 years ago from London

      Nice Information.

    • TroyM profile image


      9 years ago

      Like your Twitter hubs! Trying to learn more about Twitter gadgets :)

    • hardinflash profile image


      9 years ago from Montana

      Nice hub, I can't seem to get enough of twitter lol. Definitely some great information you have here.

    • kea profile image


      9 years ago

      Great information. I enjoyed watching the videos...I'm still trying to figure out twitter! I'm not following you on twitter :) Cheers.

    • Entourage_007 profile image


      9 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Wow Great Hub- I hope one day I can have a score as high as you on hubpages. I appreciate any advice you have that would help me to write better articles.

      Thanks Anath

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      9 years ago

      I wonder how long Twitter will last.

    • facebookchat profile image


      9 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Lots of info here! Good hub!

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, it is great to "hear" from twitterers and non-twitterers

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      Jeffrey Neal 

      9 years ago from Tennessee

      Anath, thanks for this hub! Just recently got on twitter to check it out. I have already gotten some good tidbits of info from some marketers and other influencers I follow on twitter that I might have missed otherwise. Lots of spammers on there as well, but at least they're easy to block. Good Hub!

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      Lose Belly Fat Fast 

      9 years ago

      Twitter is a huge waste of time for me. So much that I've stopped tweeting altogether!

    • Disturbia profile image


      9 years ago

      I don't use twitter. The last thing I want to do is broadcast my every thought and action to the world, but I guess there are people who want to get their 15 minutes of fame any way they can. As for following others around, I can't think of a single person I'm that interested in and I find the whole business just a little bit creepy....

      just ate a piece of cucumber



      ate another piece of cucumber

      wow, isn't this exciting

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      glad it works for you globaltechsource.

    • globaltechsource profile image


      9 years ago

      Twitter is great for following your favorite speakers with great content!it is a real great platform to distill and separate the meaningful content you are looking for.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks everyone for sharing your opinions and experiences.

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      Boo McCourt 

      9 years ago from Washington MI

      Yes it is kind of like talking to yourself. Then you are left hanging there for somebody to respond to your tweets. I am not a very good tweeter. It is a weird medium that's for sure.

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      9 years ago

      I've never tried twitter and I don't think I want to. I would not want people knowing my every move. Plus, I'm a busy mom, I don't have the time.

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      9 years ago

      i have not seen a hub like this amazing

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      9 years ago

      twitter is lame, who cares what your tweeting about

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      9 years ago from Malaysia

      I read so much about Twitter - I have yet to put into practice .It appears to require to much time - definitely useful for people with little else to do. Large followers - what's the point? You wont have time to interact with all of them. Like a fan club.

      to each his own - happy tweting every one.

    • forlan profile image


      9 years ago

      Twitter is great phenomena and souvenir of this century

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      9 years ago

      Yes I do have an account to Twitter. And it was great because, I was able to follow and get updated with my crush and all time idol, Kris Allen. There he updates from time to time and it is very overwhelming for me that he shares most of the things that he do everyday. Thanks twitter.

    • docran profile image


      9 years ago

      I'm a twitter user too, but till now, I haven't found it very useful to me. Still have to learn more...

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I am doing really well Lee Thacker, Thanks.

      I feel a bit that way loubeeloo, like if there is something I am missing and cannot see it!

      Looks like it is your thing johntriggerman!

      I supposse that in your context it makes sense to Tweet abentley. The problem is that I feel "lonely" tweeting. I have followers and I follow but we don't really interact.

      I think it is worth checking out Suzie; who knows, it might work for you :)

      Thanks for sharing Carmen.

      I am still waiting pcdriverupdate.

      You are not alone masmasika. Like I said at the start of these comments, I feel I am missing something...

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      9 years ago

      twitter is a great sight according to people to gain viewers but I still do not know how to use it effectively for my sites.

    • pcdriverupdate profile image


      9 years ago from VA

      twitter has a lot of potential but I haven't been able to make myself use it consistently enough to see good return on my effort :P

    • carmenjones profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Twitter can be a lot of fun. It's fast and easy. I pop in there now and then. :)

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      Suzie Parker 

      9 years ago

      I've never been on twitter. But I think I will check it out after reading your article. Which by he way was very enlightening.:) I learned something new today - the attack on the hotel. Technology is amazing in that way!

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      9 years ago from California

      I Really like the twitter as we don't have to write too much just 140 words. Express yourself simply is what twitter for. The concept of micro-blogging has been revolutionized by the twitter. I keep on tweeting regularly and is able to share my thoughts pretty easily with my friends. We friends even send messages through the twitter. I think twitter is going to rule in the coming future.

    • johntriggerman profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      I believe that micro-blogging is the hottest thing these days. People are just as intrigued as everyone else when it comes to knowing the latest about people they follow or know. It's the viral factor that keeps them tweeting. :)



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      9 years ago

      Just like this whole blogging malarky, I find that I probably just don't 'GET' the elements of Twitter which make it either profitable or do-able... but you live & learn as they say and seeing that so many others are also having a little trouble getting to grips with it all has inspired me to persist with the 'Twittering' for now... I think the problem that most of us hubbers are going to have with it is that we all like to use words... & lots of 'em! :D

      Thanks for the informative hub. xx

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      Lee Thacker 

      9 years ago

      I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Do you want any carolarandall? and, would you mind people who don't know you to follow or would you just accept as followers those who you know?

      I have seen a couple of hubs here on how to get more followers on Twitter Askme, they might be helpful.

      Please do not leave links irrelevant to the topic anapease93. You can leave a link to your Twitter but not to other sites please.

      Thank you Laura, good luck with it!

      A valid reason janiek13

      Thanks for sharing your experience Anthony, I'll be following you ;-)

      That is a good thing to know JYOTI, thanks for the info and of course for the thumbs up :)

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur


      I have joined twitter some months before. It is not yeilding much in sense of traffic and business.

      However, it provides lot of back links to improve search engine ranking.

      Thanks and thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Anthony James Barnett - author 

      9 years ago

      I couldn't understand why people used such a trivial thing - but as an author, I was reminded in no uncertain terms that it was my duty - so I persevered.

      I've now changed my mind - Once you get beyond telling everyone what you had for lunch it becomes fascinating.

      If you want to take a peep at me on there my Twitter name is ajbarnett

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      Mary Krenz 

      9 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Loved the twitter hub, I am on twitter more to keep up with people than anything else.

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      Laura Leigh 

      9 years ago

      I signed up for twitter recently and im still debating whether I like it or not. I don't have a big following base yet, nor do I follow that many people, lol. I suppose the most useful thing about it would be clicks you get for redirection. We'll see :) Great post.

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      9 years ago from south dakota

      wow I find this very interesting, I like the youtube video as well. check out my blog

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      By O'Reilly 

      9 years ago

      On twitter too. Yes, like carolarandall said where does it leave you if you don't have any followers?

      I have followers but get mad if I notice they stop following. I can't handle the rejection!

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      9 years ago from Providence, RI

      I am a twitterer but I have no followers. Where does that leave me?

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I think at the very list it is worth checking and trying Dao Hoa.

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      Dao Hoa 

      9 years ago

      I have not Tweet yet, but I will check it out. Like you said I don't think anyone care about what I am doing now beside some of my family members.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      You are welcome Madison

    • Madison22 profile image


      9 years ago from NYC

      This is a very interesting hub, Thanks!!

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Probably the best thing to do lalatheemodel.

      thank you PhoenixV.

      I know who will be following me now drcrischasse ;-)

      Thanks for your input kingis.

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      Patrick King 

      9 years ago from Springfield, IL

      I have a Twitter account but I really do not use it much. If I want to post my thoughts, I will come now to Hubpages or Facebook where most of my friends have an account. Twitter is kind of boring to me and thus that is why I am rarely on. Another thing that annoys me with Twitter is the requests of people who want to follow that you do not know. Why would someone want to follow you based off your profile on Twitter. I do not get it so that is why I rarely use it at best.

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      9 years ago from Boston

      Great hub! Keep up the good work, I will be sure to follow closely. Cheers!

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      9 years ago from USA

      great hub

    • lalatheemodel profile image


      9 years ago

      I dont expect nothing to get out of this site.I only go on it for a couple of secs, then i log off.I dont see why many people like it.It's kinda boring.It's like why do you wanna see what people are doing all day.Its like the boring myspace or facebook l0l.Only time im on it is when im on thats when its amazing. =)

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Now I am following you too Glenn, so you better get working ;-)

      I think there are too many sites and not enough time to pormote yourself in all of them prasadjain.

      yes, it can be boring rascielll.

      good you think so webrecsol.

      thanks for the advice Jerome.

      Very important consideration rebekah, thanks for the reminder.

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      be careful what info you tweet~~ employers, thieves track all of this and frequently spam accounts.

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      Jerome Nickerson 

      9 years ago

      backlinging your url is a great way to move up on google seach engines. Don't try to do any more than 5-7 sites a day. Take time to read the information, a leave a good comment. For more free online marketing tools . Go to ;

      Jerome Nickerson

    • webrecsol profile image


      9 years ago

      cool hub page...i am using twitter a/c it's great website for social network..

    • rascielll profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      I like the idea of twitter, I also have an account, but I find it quite boring.

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      9 years ago from Tumkur

      A good hub with all needed information. The wide response this article has received also adds some useful experiences, Months ago one of my fellow hubbers sent me a message to join it.But i didn't pay attension to it as I am engeaged in 3-4 such sites and I have no time to spend on other sites.

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      Glenn Stok 

      9 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thanks, Anath, for a very well written hub. You tell it like it is with great accuracy. I like how you got the point across that Twitter has important uses in spite of the fact that people use it for silly things. I feel bad that so many people misunderstand the power of Twitter, mainly because they see tweets like "I'm going to bed now" and "I'm waking up now." I don't see any point in that. But Twitter is also used for important tweets too, such as victims of terrorists getting news out to the world, as you mentioned in your hub, and other news being posted as it occurs. Also updates from business partners can be vital for business. As an example, I use Twitter to follow my web host provider. It is the first place they post news about any problems they are having. I also follow my book publisher. I get up-to-date information from them via Twitter about publishing news. And as for my own tweets, well, I am writing my second book and I was procrastinating for some time. I found more motivation to finish by having followers on Twitter watching over me. My idea was that if I have to answer to my followers, then I need to show progress. It's working for me at

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you crazybeanrider, I cannot say I've chat too much in Twitter. That is one of the reasons why I don't like it too much, I feel isolated a bit like talking to myself.

      Thanks for commenting akirchner and Filipino girls :)

      Of course you are entitled to your opinion sportykat66, in fact, the more controversial the better.

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      9 years ago from Argyle, NY (Upstate)

      Great article but I do not fall in the line of Nit-Twits, as I call them. If you tweet good for you, its just a fad, it is not going to last long. People tend to fall into what's popular, to fit in with the in crowd, Twitter is like Google, just because everyone is using it, it must be cool, I find that if we all just step out of the box and see what else there is around us, we all wouldn't be so focused on this nonsense. I tried Twitter, it got to be boring, I don't follow the bored and miserable. The internet has brainwashed our minds. That is just my opinion and I am entitled to that, one right we still have that isn't taxed or told we can't have.

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      Filipino girls 

      9 years ago

      Informative article

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      We are ALL a-twitter - and I'm wondering if we ever get found....but it must be going somewhere! Great piece!

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      Boo McCourt 

      9 years ago from Washington MI

      Great article. I kind of equate Twitter with a recycled instant messenger. Instead of talking to one or two people on your IM, you have a whole world to chat with. I have made a few awesome friends on twitter, but I do use it to post hubs, or new blog posts. A lot of posts are pretty empty, but you'll find a lot of good stuff on there as well.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the tweet Ellen :)

    • EllenGraeger profile image


      9 years ago from Madrid

      Anath, this article is great. I will share it on Twitter. Twitter is informative because you can read in short sentences what you might be interested in. Good for people who are short of time.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      So... is it working for you sutrapu?

      Thanks for the link ActiveY.

      Look like we are in the same boat 1AutomationWiz.

    • 1AutomationWiz profile image


      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, very informative with plenty of places to bookmark for tweet info. Thanks! DOn't use it a lot, but want to see how it can help with biz growth.

    • ActiveY profile image


      9 years ago

      Great resource..thank you!

      Facebook and Twitter rule

      I also use Facebook Pages to promote my business...i like them because they are indexed by search engines and highly can add html,even an opt-in form to gather leads.

      Here are 10 quick tips to promote your Facebook Pages

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      9 years ago from kuwait

      Twitter is a excellent social network site.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Most of the tweets seem to be like that ivorii, that is what puts me off Twitter. However, I am not giving up yet, I want to see how it goes.

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      9 years ago

      i myself cant grasp the basics of twitter?

      whats so good about it. all i ever read about is peoples boring days.

      i dont think there are any benefits to twitter.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you everyone, it is fantastic to hear about your experiences and opinions about Twitter. I am sure it is useful for all of us who are still not very convinced about the benefits of tweeting.

    • alexchia01 profile image


      9 years ago

      Twitter is the coolest social networking site. I try to tweet as much as I can, but still feel I need to tweet more. The joy of Twitter is not just tweeting, but also to follow others and get followed. It is a like a popularity contest. Who can tweet the most, follow the most and have the most followers. Thanks.

    • animus_r profile image


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Interesting article. I had a Twitter account but deleted it from inactivity. I read somewhere that individuals only make up 15-20% of users and the rest are big companies. I found that surprising. While it may or may not be true it makes you wonder who really benefits.

    • articleposter profile image


      9 years ago

      Looks like Twitter is the only one who can compete with Google if they play the cards correctly. Looks like they are not making much profit, maybe time to sell it to someone who can make use of it...

    • Vizey profile image


      9 years ago

      I enjoyed twitter as you easily be able to get information about it

    • chrisharis profile image


      9 years ago

      I just dont like it, its easy as it sounds :D

      thanks for the informative hub though.

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      Garrett Mickley 

      9 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      I love twitter. I like to keep track of my favorite musicians like Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails, and Danny Lohner and what they're up to. Some of my favorite blogs like also use Twitter so I'm automatically updated when they add a new post. I use echofon for my iPhone and can check or update wherever I am!

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      9 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      I utilize T for business purposes and hope to gain followers that have an interest in what my company does.

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      9 years ago

      Good knowledge about Twitter ....Great Job ...Twitter is a fun in which everyone can participate...its better to tweet yourself in a good manner.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      good you enjoyed Tiffany.

      Thanks for the link darntoothysam, I'll have a look.

    • darntoothysam profile image


      9 years ago from Burnsville, MN

      I've been working on a Twitter hub of my own, it's full of information about how to use Twitter for business. Please let me know what you think!

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      Tiffany Bracelets 

      9 years ago

      great hub i liked the videos

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Investment school.

      I'll check you out there Maira.

      That sounds right jayorban.

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Excellent! this is pretty much the basics of

      i am on twitter, and have been for some months now. check me out here:

    • InvestmentSchool profile image


      9 years ago from Connecticut,Florida

      great hub i liked the videos

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      thanks for sharing your strong opinion on Twitter Grey Wolf.

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      The Grey Wolf 

      9 years ago




      Of Bandwidth.


    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I think that despite the data, it is yet to early to say what is going to happen with Twitter liuwenhua.

      I hink you are right thaninja, there has been to many people writing nonsense in Twitter and that is why it is boring. After all who wants to know what you are eating or when are you going for a shower? Probably if correctly used Twitter would have more followers.

      Thanks for sharing your feelings onewaythinky!

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      9 years ago from NY, US

      i hate twitter. I really do.

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      9 years ago from America

      Twitter is ok, but I think many people misuse it, or have no use for it in the first place...maybe I am just getting old :)

    • thaninja profile image


      9 years ago from America

      Twitter is ok, but I think many people misuse it, or have no use for it in the first place...maybe I am just getting old :)

    • liuwenhua profile image


      9 years ago

      It seems that the Twitter phenomenon had started to die down, after many month of traffic surge, according to 'Compete" data, it seems that the traffic for Twitter had flatten for the month of Sep.

    • Anath profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Wow, thanks everyone for all your comments and opinions on Twitter. It really helps to read your experiences and discover that I am not alone being puzzled about it.

      Thanks for the tip HealthTip, I'll ckeck it out.


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