Twitter Guide– An Overview Part 1

There is no dearth of videos and articles when it comes to describing what Twitter is, and there are scores of surveys telling you how may Tweeters actually Tweet, but I have noticed that most of these fall short on describing Twitter, and some even end up giving the viewer/reader the wrong idea altogether.

I have been a Twitter for a long time now (if you take into account the total time that Twitter has been around), and have seen it grow and develop tremendously since its inception. What was originally a place where you could tell your friends what you were doing, like ‘sitting at home watching football’, has now evolved considerably.

Twitter, according to me, is not a community, not a conventional social network, and not a place where every user wants to say something. Twitter isn’t like MySpace, LinkedIn, or Facebook. It is not even in the same neighborhood.

Following People:
To start with, Twitter is a place where you can follow people that you find interesting. These could include celebrities, trendsetters, business leaders, inventors, sportspersons, as well as your friends. With Twitter, you would be following what they do, what they think, what they want you to know.

Following Communities and Companies:
In following different companies, you can know of the advancements they make from time to time as well as their upcoming products and services. You can also follow various groups in seeing what they set to accomplish and you could also partake in their journey.

Getting Reactions:
Through Twitter, you have access to the world’s collective consciousness. Irrespective of what the subject/topic is that you wish to know about, you would invariably find insights/opinions on Twitter. This could include the recently concluded Iranian elections, China’s policies on the West, reactions on sporting events, what people think of the new iPod, and even problems that people are facing with a particular product. This is amongst the most important reasons that businesses are increasingly using Twitter.

There is far more to Twitter than what I’ve spoken about, and I will add to this in my next post. Do share your views on Twitter, and if you have any questions about Twitter, shoot.

Until the next post, Cheers!