Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Twitter Spells Twubble

Twitter spells Twubble

I never thought much about the Internet social networking forums. In fact it was my best friend, who grabbed my laptop and forcefully created my account on Facebook and I reluctantly used it for a few weeks then left my status update, poking, photo tagging in some cheap motel on the side of the Information highway. I mean how many ways can I be tagged in an embarrassing Saturday-I’ve-had-too-much-to-drink aftermath photo?Okay but i still use it.

For those of you who have been living in a 21st century black hole, Facebook is a social networking website. It allows you to interact with ‘friends’ by sending messages and status updates. Facebook has been active now for over four years but now they are facing some fierce competition from a seemingly harmless cute little blue birdie called Twitter.

Twitter is similar to Facebook such that it is a social network but different in that it’s messaging is done in real time. I would compare it to being in a chatroom or instant messaging. On Twitter.com a Twitterer sends a message called a tweet in 140 characters or less in response to the question, ‘What are you doing?’

What I like most about Twitter when I first joined was that it was and is extremely user-friendly. As long as you have an email address you can create an account, immediately start following or be followed and simplistic concept of tweeting in 140 characters or less forces one to be succinct and to the point, which is a good thing, I think.

The story behind Twitter.com is one of determination, creativity, teamwork and a touch of idleness. Odeo Inc, a podcasting company,(a podcasting company makes digital audio or video files for downloading on the web) were facing fierce competitions from Apple’s i-Tunes and other heavyweights in the podcasting industry. They decided to have a day long brainstorming session. Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Dom Sagolla and others teamed up and came up with Status which was renamed FriendStalker(not appealing) and later it grew into Twitter. While still working on the prototype, the company decided on cutbacks and they were all asked to leave. Twitter allowed them to connect on a daily basis during those hard times. Its popularity and enormous success grew from there.

Some of the hottest Celebritweets on Twitter are @Britney Spears, @Lance Armstrong, @Oprah Winfrey……the list is endless.@ Ashton Kutcher beat @CNN to have over one million followers.

I like Newbie Guide’s take on Twitter. Rafe Needleman says…….. “Don’t be put off by its excessive popularity ….or the whining of Twitterhaters who missed the fun. Twitter is an interesting and practical real-time messaging system for groups and friends. Its just not so completely obvious how to get into the club.”

So here’s a few tips from Sarah Evans, a fellow twitterholic, on how to get the most out of your Tweetexprience such as:-

· Create a user-friendly TwitterID-No one wants to tweet @PSYCHOTICKILLER311 let alone be followed by him. Your TwitterID will be your personal brand and will also indicate the types of followers you attwact.

· TwitterSearch-Anyone or everyone can be on Twitter but a better start would be to look for people with common intwests and in similar profwessions as you. You’ll have more fun that way.

· Twittionary-I find this fun. Using tw in fwont of every word.its twerrfic and allows you to tweet in any conversation.Just be careful you don’t devewop a tweech impediment!

· Tweet- Say something, say anythingWhat you are you doing? @MJLUV41244 is bored at home tonight,@Britney Spears is eating plain yogurt with plain berries in it,yum! @Stephen Fry needs to film early before the public comes in and @AplusK (a.k.a. Ashton Kutcher) has provided a link to take an aerial tour of New York City.


So whatever your goals are when joining Twitter, personal branding, marketing, or social networking, make Twitter what you want it to be. Its twewific, twy it………… 114 characters left

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