What is Twitter?
There was a day when there was a simple and basic answer to this question:
1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
2. to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter.
3. to titter; giggle.
4. to tremble with excitement or the like; be in a flutter.
5. Digital Technology. tweet ( def. 4 ).
6. verb (used with object) to express or utter by twittering.
There was a time when tweet meant that you were either sitting on a back porch listening to the peaceful sounds of the local flock of birds or that maybe you were watching an old cartoon with Tweety Bird.
Today it means something far different. According to WikiPedia it means:
Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.
This may not make a lot of sense so let us break it down to the basics.
Twitter is essentially sending text messages to all of your friends at once. You are limited to a short message so it is best that you get to the point.
Example of a tweet:
Let us break down the above tweets.
-The information in the parentheses is there for your reference and would not normally show in a tweet.
-The orange portion is the actual content of a tweet that I recently sent out.
-The http: portion is a link that I added to the tweet. The person reading my tweet can click on the link and it will take them to a website.
So as you can see a tweet is a short piece of information or a question that you are asking the people who choose to follow you. You may ask who will see this and we will cover that in another upcoming blog in more depth but for now, followers are the people who choose to see your tweets.
Twitter is a great way for a company to express its brand. Twitter is a great way for a company to share its message, product and service.
There is something that is awesome about twitter it is free. It is free to create an account and it is free to use. However, I do advise that you use it wisely. Another important note is that just having an existing twitter account is not enough, you must use it.
What other twitter questions do you have? What will you do with your new twitter account?
I love Twitter so much that I wrote a book about it: 15 Twitter Tips for Authors & Other Grownups (who don’t know what the h?ll to do!).