Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as “tweets.” Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications.
Government agencies are now beginning to use Twitter as a distribution method for news releases and breaking news.
Here’s an Easy Explanation of How Twitter Works
- Setup your own Twitter Account here
- EXAMPLE: Media Shift during 2007 Wildfires
- EXAMPLE: Los Angeles Fire Department
- EXAMPLE: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Tutorial – Getting Started with Twitter
Top 7 Twitter Tutorials on YouTube
Since Twitter has become so popular, there are now a lot of new tutorial videos on YouTube that help you use some of the common features of Twitter and guide you to the most effective applications (if you become a Twitter-aholic).
Related Twitter Tools
- Finding Reporters on Twitter – Twittering Journalists
- EmailTwitter – With this service, you can send tweets to Twitter from your cellphone without incurring SMS charges.
- Twitpic – hare pictures on Twitter using Twitpi
- Twideeo – You can post videos to Twitter using this service that lets you upload the vid to their site and then generates a link to your video
- Tweet Scan – This is a search engine for Twitter indexing all the public messages on Twitter
- TweetBeep – Just like Google Alerts, this service will send you an alert whenever your set keyword is mentioned on Twitter or when somebody link to your site
- TwitResponse – Set up your Twitter posts for the future.
- Twitter Search – See what’s happening on Twitter – right now!