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Are you on twitter? What are the benefits of Twitter?

Updated on July 7, 2011

Twitter as the best social networking site seems to have amassed a vast fan following on the Internet and it is now a verb “TWEETING”, but still there are thousands of people who are not aware of the advanced technology of twitter and its benefits. So through this hub, I will explain a few benefits of twitter. If you are a member of Facebook or Orkut, you know how you can change your Orkut or Facebook status “What are you doing?” type of messages. Twitter is basically just that but via your twitter account, you can only update your status or message using 140 characters or less but these are enough to speak up on Twitter.

Receiving Updates

In Twitter, you can see anybody’s status and receive an update whenever someone you choose to “Follow on Twitter” updates his/her status including many real-life celebrities from Hollywood and Bollywood. Here twitter is different from Orkut and Facebook.

Following Updates

In twitter, you can follow companies, news channels, tech blogs, world personalities, etc. and be updated about new products, news, controversies, world politics, disasters, latest issues, etc. Plus the most important benefit of twitter is that here you can post your own updates as well.

Twitter Inc. Headquarters are located in San Francisco, California, United States of America.
Twitter Inc. Headquarters are located in San Francisco, California, United States of America. | Source

Getting Aware of New Developments

On a personal level, I follow some companies like Google, Apple, Money Control, Squidoo, Hubpages, and their regular updates keep me aware about what are the latest developments that they are up to, their new products, what is going on in their sandbox.

Meeting Old Friends Via Twitter

Twitter is not just about following others, as just like people on FB have a good group of online friends, you can have a large group of friends who can get united on Twitter. You can chat with them and get to know what they are up to. On a professional level, you can engage on twitter for business networking, freelance work, corporate solutions, HR hiring, etc. and on a personal level, you can engage in dating, meeting old friends and relatives, getting reunited with old classmates, etc.

Treasure Hunt Organized Via Twitter

You can organize a meet up of our twitter buddies in your area where all of you can set out from your homes without knowing the destination and step by step the organizer will send updates to the members about the secret destination (something like a treasure hunt).

Sharing Opinions On Twitter

You can have something called tweethon on twitter where everyone tweets their opinions about any topic and participate in a healthy discussion. You can spend more time on twitter to explore its possibilities completely.

Twitter Helps In Getting Second-To-Second Updates

On a lighter note, in some of the companies where my friends work, they have blocked access to Orkut, Facebook, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. but not twitter. Their only means of communication to the outside world is through twitter. Twitter has been useful to everyone who wants to follow live news much before than an incident happens and much faster than any media reports it in its news channel. For example, Twitter was the main medium people depended on for the updates on the old Air France crash, tsunami in Japan, etc. There were hundreds of tweets every minute with news links, blog links, and then lately Flickr links and so on. Even during the Mumbai terror attacks, BBC depended on Twitter updates for the photos and opinions of citizens about the attack. So twitter has been largely useful.

Using Tweetdeck For Twitter

You can have Tweetdeck (a personal browser to remain connected with social media) saved on your PC. Tweetdeck is very productive. If you write on revenue sharing websites or your own sites, then twitter can help you get immediate traffic to your articles and blogs. You can tweet the article as soon as you have put it up to help it reach masses.

Anybody Can Tweet

News agencies will not get such frequently-updated information to post as someone who is in the scene of a crime or tragedy (as in the Mumbai attacks). You must have heard about the guy who took all those pictures just after the 26/11 attacks and loaded it into Flickr. His Flickr post was tweeted and retweeted by thousands all over the world and all the news channels picked it up.

Twitter - A Live Search Engine for Masses

Twitter is kind of a Guru of all the net services like news channels, blogs, photo sites, video sites, personalities, et al. Just search Twitter for tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan and you will still get the most recent links to the accident. Google it and you will get the most clicked links, mostly the news links the day the incident happened, but not the latest, so twitter is kind of a live search engine, which Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN or other search engines cannot even dream about.


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Debby. Honesty pays off well every time.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      I agree with your comments Soni. Blessings. Debby

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      But stugod I think that's a not a good way of bringing traffic. I don't want to hurt but I think if your website is about turbocad and you are writing funny tweets and bringing people to your site, then that's black hat technique and the traffic you are drawing towards your site will be gone after a period of time within a few months after you will stop writing tweets. This happens because people who are visiting your website via those tweets are not looking for turbocad designs and are not your potential viewers that have a tendency to become loyal visitors in the future. That traffic will be "gone with the wind". But if you will write tweets on relevant category and topic or for an example on your own turbocad designs, then that traffic will work well and the site will never come down from the rankings. What do you say? and Debby Bruck, thanks a lot for your visit and comments.

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      stugod 6 years ago

      In the early days of twitter as a trial I sat for one month typing tweets mainly funny stuff. I was receiving up to sixteen thousand hits a time from it. I ended getting my smg design website straight up the rankings and it was in the top ten turbocad sites in the world. I think it still is. Although the web site is discontinued now. Even if you only use it as an SEO tool you must be on there. But you will have to do a lot of typing.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Soni ~ Looks like you have brought TWITTER Back into the limelight on Hubpages. I've written a number of 'Twitter" hubs that you might want to check out or even create links on your page. One is called "What is #TwitterLove" ~ Notice how I used that hashtag there. Another is called"Trending: How to Block Spam Trends: Twitter Needs Spam Filter" and "I'm Addicted to Twitter. What About You?" A fourth is called, "Twitter Me Some Love Songs" which shows so many awesome melodies! So, you see, I really do love Twitter as a social networking community. Oh my! I just found another one, "Why Twitter is Special to me!" Ee-Gads. I went Twitter-Stir-Crazy. Anyway, it is super that Hubpages now links directly to Twitter and you can follow their HUBPAGE Profile. Happy Tweeting. Debby

    • profile image 6 years ago

      Interesting hub cheers soni!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Glad that you found it useful friend. Take care.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      useful tips. Have to make it a point of tweeting more.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      hello quicksand, you actually need to learn the art of twitter to get those hits now that you were receiving at that time. You can find various posts on how to tweet, what to tweet, your tweeting style, etc. when you will search in google but the most important thing before starting tweeting again is to learn the benefits of tweeting, that I am just explaining via my blogs to my social media friends.

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Hi Raj, does twitter still work as it used to? A couple of years back I used to get 30-40 hits for every tweet, but later on the dwindling numbers in terms of hits per tweet made me lay off.


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your such quick response AllieRambles. Thanks for the tweet. Also I think there are multiple other benefits of twitter like health and fitness benefits, job benefits, etc. that I am sharing via my blogs with a link to this hub in each blog. Here is an example of my latest blog on twitter,

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      AllieRambles 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Wow! I think you covered it all!

      I originally starting using Twitter to get my blog links out. But it has evolved into my link to other bloggers and friends, my up to the minute news for my favorite events, I ask questions there, and the list goes on.

      I love Twitter!

      This is a great Hub and I'm gonna Tweet it. :-)