Has anyone  noticed that it’s all about Twitter these days?  When it comes to conversation about social networking, Twitter is the attention getter, the rising star.  And, it’s rising fast.  Even President Obama has a Twitter account and a very large following.

So, what’s all the fuss about?  Twitter is a relatively new social networking site that allows it’s users to follow their family, friends and co-workers with short “tweets.”  The “tweets” are limited to 140 characters to keep it quick and frequent.  If you go over 140 characters, the send button is disabled and you’ll have to start over.

All that’s needed to use Twitter is an Internet Connection and or a mobile phone and the ability to text.

After you register, sign in to your homepage  Your homepage gives you all the options you need to navigate the site.  If you click on the settings tab, you can even customize your homepage with a background of your choice from your own library or you can use one of their provided backgrounds.

Some of the features of Twitter include:

  1. the ability to block anyone you do not want following you.
  2. a favorites tab on your homepage to collect your favorite “tweets.”
  3. a tab to keep everything private and not allow public viewing of your “tweets.”
  4. direct link tab to connect with someone you are following privately.  Only you and the recipient can view this tweet.  You can only send private messages to a person who is following you.
  5. a replies tab…used to reply to a previous tweet.  When you use this feature, @username will appear before your tweet. 
  6. a badge to place on your social networking site or blog to show your updates.
  7. the ability to seach for friends by name or username, import friends from other networks, or invite them with a friendly email. 

There are more features, but these are the prominent ones…the ones you will use the most. 

Twitter has plenty of helpful info on their site to get you going, but if you want more ideas or maybe you have an idea you want to share I found this site to be excellent to fill in the gaps.

 http://twitter.pbwiki.com/

So the burning question is…”why use Twitter?”  Because of it’s ease of use…(you only need a username and password…no credit card 🙂 ) networking has never been easier.  You can drive customers to your website by announcing new products etc. and tweeting your link or place a link to your blog and gain new readers as well as just making new friends.  There are endless possible applications for it’s use.

Attention all Internet Marketers….Dave Nicholson said Twitter is the preferred site for Internet Marketers.  Wow, a place to hang out with the Internet’s best Marketers?   Need I say more?!  

Come and follow me on Twitter and let’s share ideas, thoughts and blogs.  Sign up and follow me here.   http://twitter.com/KathyDobson  

I’m still learning the ropes, so let’s learn  together!    

Happy Tweeting!

Kathy

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