Monday, January 12, 2009


Are ya'all using Twitter yet?

I kept reading how hot it is, so I decided to give it a try. I admit it confused me at first. The idea is you sign up for a free account, start "following" other people, and they in turn "follow" you.

To "tweet" on Twitter, you go to the Twitter dashboard and answer the question: "What are you doing?"

You have only 140 characters (letters & numbers) in which to answer.

When you hit send, everyone who is following you receives your Tweet.

Some folks say things like "Going to bed now." or "Spilled my coffee."

Others report news headlines, or provide updates to their latest writings.

When you insert a url into a Tweet, twitter automatically converts the link to something called a Tiny url. Basically all this does is make your link smaller so that it uses less characters.

When I first began using Twitter, it did not make a lot of sense to me. In order to see followers Tweets, I had to go to the Twitter site and scroll through all the Tweets. Most of them meant nothing to me, so it thought "Hmm...Twitter huh?...meh."

But then I discovered an add on for Twitter called Twhirl. Twhirl is a little piece of Twitter software you download on to your desktop that sends those Tweets in real time. Now I get my news faster than anyone on the planet.

I "follow" good news sources, and those tweets let me know whats going on around the globe as it's happening. I also know what my friends are up to, and who just posted a new article.

Chris Brogan just wrote a cool twitter story. He was in Las Vegas for a convention. His gang wanted to get permission to have a promotional photo taken while on board a pirate ship. They sent out a few Twitters to see if anyone at the convention knew who to contact to get permission to board the ship. Within minutes, they had their answer, got permission, and now have a hot photo of the three entrepreneurs standing as swashbucklers aboard the famous ship.

Another fella used Twitter to hook up with his friends after a football game. He tweeted his location and they all met up at the same pub after the game.
Lara Kretler shares a story on her blog of how she needed some quick information. She posted her question to Twitter, and got the answer she needed right away. On her post she said it was better to get answers from real people she networked with rather than depend on the Google bot. I think she is right about that.

So in conclusion, Here's a Thumbs up for Twitter. I think it's sings.

You can follow me on Twitter by clicking here. I promise to follow you back.


Lara Kretler said...

I am a huge fan of Twitter too - I try out many social networking and web 2.0 tools, but few become daily habits. Twitter is definitely unique and valuable! For me, it's all about who you follow. Glad to now be following you.


Kel-Bell said...

Hi Lara,

Thanks for the comment. You have a great blog. And its nice to meet a "homie" from Ohio on the world wide web.

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