Have you heard people talking about Twitter? Wonder what a “tweet” is? Well, get ready for some fun!
What is Twitter?
First, watch ‘Twitter in Plain English’:
Twitter allows users to post 140-character updates, answering the question: “What are you doing?” These posts are shared via the web to either the world or to the users’ friends. Users can access Twitter messages—called “Tweets”—via the Web, via an RSS feed, and via text on their cellular phones or any number of third party apps. Accessing a Twitter user, one might find an update on his or her day, a direct message to another Twitterer, or a bit of wit and wisdom.
One of the most common reasons many people don’t want to use Twitter is “I have nothing to say.” The truth is, you don’t have to say anything to get the most out of Twitter.
Twitter is a fantastic source of valuable information. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your home page for you to read. It’s like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time.
You Don’t Have to Tweet Anything To Benefit
If you remember one thing about Twitter, it should be this: reading Tweets and discovering new information whenever you check in on your Twitter timeline is where you’ll find the most value on Twitter. Some people find it useful to contribute their own Tweets, but the real magic of Twitter lies in discovering the information that matters to you.
Check out this great New York Times article, Getting the most out of Twitter : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/technology/04basics.html?_r=0
You can see real benefits from Twitter without tweeting anything yourself. For example you can use Twitter to follow what’s happening at a conference, even if you aren’t there or converse with experts in your via as part of a scheduled Twitter chat. Two of the best for learning pros are #lrnchat and #chat2lrn. You can even tweet someone a coffee! I’m @tmiket if you want to try THAT out! 😎
If you’re interested in more details, this Twitter guide from Mashable is a great resource to add to your bookmarks. If you’re curious about the mechanics of who sees what on Twitter check out Mom, this is how Twitter works.
- How Twitter Works
- 7 Things You Should Know About
- 10 Easy Steps for Twitter
- Twitter for Trainers
- Mashable’s Twitter Guide
- Mom, this is how Twitter works
- What is your impression of Twitter? If you are already on Twitter how has your view of Twitter changed from what it was before you started?
- Do you think all L&D people should be on Twitter? Why or why not?
- What is your biggest question about Twitter?