Forget Friending, Learn to Tweet and Twit

April 02, 2009

After watching a video on Twitter sent by a friend, I couldn’t help but realize that although I pride myself on being someone that is always in the know about new social networking tools, I really don’t know anything about Twitter. A colleague assured me that, statistically speaking, people from my generation have not really caught on to what the Twitter frenzy is all about. Twitter is mostly dominated by people age 30 and up.

So what is Twitter? It is a way to communicate, in 140 characters or less, with people globally or to stay connected through “the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” The good people of Twitter recommend new users send three to four “tweets,” or updates, a day. So the next time you see someone using their hand-held device, be it a BlackBerry, iPhone, or any other smart phone, just remember that they might actually be sending tweets.

On a more serious note, Twitter is actually a smart, cheap marketing tool for organizations or companies to use to reach out to new audiences and to recruit new members. Tweeting can successfully get your name or brand out there to thousands of people. Even though I find the whole following people and being followed aspect of Twitter a bit creepy, it can actually be the opposite.

And there is an educational component to Twitter. Major news organizations put out headlines through Twitter, actual political interviews are streamed, and social media activists are constantly tweeting about issues, events, and places. AAUW, for example, has about 400 followers who are frequently updated with what is going on at AAUW. Some people even upload their resumes or post jobs on Twitter.

I would love to know, do you tweet? How often or why?

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  1. I joined twitter in 2007, and after a couple of bad experiences, dropped it for awhile. I restarted a year or so ago as @aauwnc to automatically “retweet” the posts that were important enough to get put on the front page (using twitterfeed). I’m back now, as @nes49, and after finding better tools to manage the web interface ( and the shareaholic add-on for Firefox), I am finding it a quick way to scan *lots* of information, and I share as much as I can…

  2. Avatar Ann MacKay says:

    I tweet about once a day. I like to following breaking news by following topics (FargoFlood, Inaug09, VoteWoz). I follow AAUW, lots of online Mac experts and friends.

  3. I love Twitter – find it a great way to make connections and keep up with other photographers. If I’ve got a question about a place I’m thinking of photographing, I just ask on Twitter and usually get an answer within a few hours.

    I usually tweet a few times a day and try to make sure that I either ReTweet (RT) or share a link to a someone else’s work several times a week.

    And for those of us who are self-employed – Twitter makes place to take a quick break and connect with people. And most of my tweeps are better at conversation than my cats are. 🙂

    I’m on Twitter as PattyHankins

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