What’s a twitter?
I’ve been asked this question about 100 times in the last week so rather than answer each person individually, I thought a post might be more helpful.
The wikipedia definition of twitter:
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
For those of you that can’t make a point in one sentence, twitter will be tough.
Some of the great benefits of twitter are:
1. Research: There are millions of people tweeting every minute. Using the Advanced Twitter Search you can target key words in peoples tweets. I’ll be devoting an entire post to this feature in the future.
2. Sharing: Twitter is a great way to share links amongst your friends. How many times have you been at a meeting where someone talks about a great article or website and everyone scrambles to write it down? With twitter you can easily post a link and share it with your network.
3. Networking: Twitter is a social network. You can meet people in your own backyard, or half way around the world that share the same interest as you.
4. Brand Monitoring: People are talking. Using twitter it’s easy to listen to what they are saying about you or your brand.
There are a ton of other benefits to using twitter which I will share in upcoming posts. If you haven’t checked it out I recommend you get over to twitter and sign up for an account to see what all the hype is about.
When you get there, be sure to say, “HI!” to ME
Some great twitter resources:
I recommend reading TwiTip. This is an amazing blog brought to you by the guys at ProBlogger.