I just realised that I don’t think that I’ve made a post on twitter before – which strikes me as odd – especially as I’ve been using it for a year or more now!
For those people who are unaware, twitter styles itself as a ‘micro-blogging’ service – the aim being that you can use twitter to promote yourself/websites/opinions/pictures etc (basically anything you want!) in 140 characters or less.
It’s like the Facebook status update… however a twitter feed is much more robust, and can be added to websites (such as this one!) as well as be updated via several different platforms. When you update your feed, twitter can also update your Facebok status using the same message too (you need to add the application on Facebook), and so it really is very useful!
twitter (it’s spelt with a small ‘t’) is very very addictive I must say, but a great way to let people know what you’re up to and what you’re thinking.
You can subscribe to another user’s twitter feed, and they can subscribe to yours. You can make comments to others either publically or privately. I find it especially useful in utilising it to keep up with other friends and their news by receiving updates via their twitter feed.
Several well known personalities make use of twitter to update their websites and keep in touch with fans. Such well known people using twitter include Stephen Fry; Jonathan Ross; Peter Kay (as Geraldine McQueen); Alan Carr and John Cleese (all genuine).
Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign in 2008 made use of twitter updates to keep supporters up to date with news (and they are thinking of utilising this method throughout his term in office). In fact – Hillary Clinton and John McCain both utilised it in their campaigns too, as did the Lib Dem candidates in the 2008 London Mayoral elections. The website of Number 10 Downing Street is also updated via twitter too. The BBC also put out news headlines via twitter.
In fact, most organisations are starting to wake up to the power of twitter!
Recently, twitter has come to prominence in the mainstream media – partly due to the grumblings of several UK newspapers (notably The Daily Hate – I mean Daily Mail…!), but also in light of the New York plane ditch in the Hudson the other week. The first picture of this was sent by a chap using twitter! He uploaded a picture and put a brief status update along with it – and BAM! – the news was instantly picked up worldwide!
Due to it’s increasing prominence, especially in instances such as this, I think that we will see lots of other companies and organisations (especially media companies) utilising twitter a whole lot more! I am expecting some very exciting developments now that twitter’s been catapulted into the public eye – including a much increased take-up of the service.
Go on, give twitter a try! I’m sure that you’ll be tweeting away in no time whatsoever! As linked to above, there are plenty of different applications that you can use to update your twitter feed, and scores of ‘how to’ guides online, so it really couldn’t be easier to get started!
Feel free to follow me and my strange ramblings if you so wish to do so 😀