Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Twitter and microblogging, part of Twitter Essential Training.
- Twitter is considered a micro-blogging social network. A micro-blog consists of short entries with no special text formatting. In Twitters case, short means your entries must be 140 characters or less. Like this status update, that I could post if I wanted to. Twitter is a global social network of millions of users having conversations. These micro-blogging entries, or tweets are posted in real time. Because of this, Twitter has evolved into a service that can tell you, in real time, what's going on.
You can use Twitter to discover new music, find out about current world happenings via trends, and you can even find out about local happenings like school sports results, and school inclement weather cancellations, all by finding out what sorts of local attractions in your area are already using Twitter, and following them. You can scroll down and read the tweets of people and brands who you share similar interests with, or you can go directly to the profile page of any particular Twitter user or brand. World political figures are on Twitter, as are celebrities, brands, space agencies like NASA, cable and television stations, also the stars of the shows that are on those stations, newspapers, and more.
You don't even have to follow somebody to send them a tweet. Twitter is a way to give the world a voice. You can send a tweet to the President of the United States. Even the writer of your favorite TV show to tell them what you liked about last nights show. I'm on NASA's profile page right now. I can click Tweet to NASA, and send them a tweet right now and tell them what's on my mind. Every day millions of users are sending tweets to Twitter. Everyone's Twitter experience will be different, as we all have different interests.
We're all having different conversations and that's what makes it so great.
- Using Twitter terminology
- Following people
- Creating tweets
- Adding links and photos
- Retweets and favorites
- Replying to tweets
- Unfollowing, blocking, and muting users
- Adjusting account, security, and privacy settings
- Understanding Twitter trends
- Using the Twitter mobile app