For those of you who are twitter fans, you can skip this post if you like as you are already twittering and know what it’s about, however feel free to follow me if you are not already doing so @storage.
On the other hand, for those of you new or not familiar with twitter (click here to learn more and sign-up) also known as micro blogging, is yet another venue and means to communicate, collaborate, network or what have you. In a nutshell, twitter messages, posts or tweets are 140 characters that appear on your twitter page for followers to view and respond to. For longer tweets or long URL’s, tiny URL’s can be used.
You can also include other tweeters in a post so your post will appear on their pages for discussion. Tweets can also be forwarded to others via a RT or retweet. Tweets as they are refereed to can be done via a web interface, from an iphone or other mobile device, or via email such as Microsoft Outlook with OutTwit.
Think of twitter as a cross between blogging, texting, IM and a few other things smashed together. For the competitive or status seekers, there are even grading or ranking sites to see or show how you stack up or compare to others.
Some tweets are discussion points, some are smash or trash talk, some are adds or news feeds, some are random thoughts or musings. Some people tweet constantly while others tweet now and then with some actively following and tweeting, while others simply lurk. Some follow others who follow-them, others simply post and follow few if anyone. Tweeters range from corporate or organizations to individuals for work or for fun for almost any cause, its really up to you how, when, why and where you want to tweet from.
Here’s a link to a blog post that I did late last year about what I refer to as tiered communications. While some may have a strong preference for one medium or venue vs. another, I see the different social networking, web 2.0 and related venues including facebook, twitter, friend feed, linkedin, plaxo, blogs, RSS, web sites and IM among others as different tiers and tools for communicating.
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