Two good friends left comments on my blog regarding yesterday's post about Twitter. I consider both these friends pretty computer/internet savvy people and they both were curious about Twitter. So...here's what I know.
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 and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.
From the Twitter site...
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.
All you need to use Twitter is an internet connection or a mobile phone. Once you're in, type your first update into the web box. To get an idea of what other people are saying or doing on Twitter, check out Twitter search to see what Twitter's all about. You can search by keyword or just check out the trending topics to what's hot on Twitter right now.
What I know about Twitter in my limited experience...I signed up so I could get more exposure on the web for myself and my site and my store. I know others who have/are doing that. Businesses are doing it for that and to notify of product releases and the like. I've seen A LOT of people just use it as an online chat forum to basically post crap like, I just picked my nose, I'm going to bed, my dog pooped, its raining, I sneezed, etc. I mean really. I don't wanna know that. And if I wanna chat w someone...I'll get on my chat client, not post it for the whole world to see. So it can be a little ridiculous. Which is why I waited so long to do it.
I can see the good things about Twitter...information...tons of it. Like right now Corey wants to know how Lance Armstrong is doing in the Leadville 100. So I did a search on Twitter. Information is coming in like wildfire. Cause there are people RIGHT THERE posting about it from their phones on Twitter.
Other examples I found were...
The Australian Country Fire Authority used Twitter to send out regular alerts and updates regarding the February 2009 Victorian bushfires. During this time the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, also used his Twitter account to send out information on the fires, how to donate money and blood, and where to seek emergency help.
In January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 experienced multiple bird strikes and had to be ditched in the Hudson River. Janis Krums, a passenger on one of the ferries that rushed to help, took a picture of the downed plane as passengers were still evacuating and sent it to Twitpic before any other media arrived at the scene.
Some say there's just too much information out there. I agree. So I won't be posting when Baxter goes out to do his business. Hopefully my life won't become that boring. But when something happens that I feel like saying...but not writing a blog post about...you'll probably see it on Twitter. Just look in my sidebar if you haven't seen a post in a few days. That's another reason for putting it there. ;D
Hope that helps somewhat. You can go on to Twitter and do searches without having an account. I did that first before I signed up. I follow a few people. Just a few that interest me. Not thousands like I've seen some. Ugh...that would be excessive! ;D
Facebook vs. Twitter. I don't think Twitter is the same as Facebook...exactly. To be honest...I can't stand Facebook. I'm on there but only because my bff from Maine is and that's how I keep up with her cause she doesn't have a blog. But Facebook feels like a big high school reunion fest to me. There really isn't anyone I'd like to converse with from high school. There are no glory days I'd like to relive. The only time I go on Facebook is to check out my friend from Maine and if someone sends me an email that they have written on my wall or something. Which isn't that often. Probably cause they all know I don't like it! He he! ;D So I like Twitter much better than Facebook...does that help Jill???