So just what the heck is Twitter, and how can YOU use Twitter in your business?
Twitter markets themselves as “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?“
So Twitter is like your SMS service. Twitter allows you to send 140 character text messages to others that you invite or individuals that follow you. The difference with Twitter is that if you have 100 people that are following you via the website using your custom URL (mine is http://www.twitter.com/oibo), IM or mobile device – when you update your page, they are updated as well. So EVERYONE gets the message, not just the one person on your SMS.
I created a Twitter account:
Just click on the honkin’ BIG green button…
Enter some basic information — good to see that they don’t want my life history in order to open an account.
Nah… I hate giving anyone, or any service access to my e-mail account. Sorry! Click on the SKIP – waaaaaay down there on the bottom right, just above the number 3.
I’m done! Now what???
Here is an excellent video entitled Twitter in Plain English that will show you exactly what Twitter is all about.
A few more resources for you:
- http://twitter.pbwiki.com/ - unofficial Twitter WiKi
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter - Twitter on WikiPedia
- http://publishing2.com/2007/12/11/why-i-stopped-using-twitter/ - excellent post!
- http://searchengineland.com/070410-181328.php - can it really help generate traffic?
If you still don’t get twitter – don’t worry, neither do I.