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What is Twitter?

Posted in twitter by stoneatwine on February 4, 2010

I was wondering what my first post about Twitter would be and my friend David K asked me to start by explaining Twitter.

Wikipedia gives this explanation:

Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access.

It’s a Microblog

Let’s start by saying that Twitter is a blog, a small blog but a blog nonetheless. It is a smaller, more stripped-down version of Facebook. Imagine if all Facebook had were status updates. With Twitter you can only broadcast messages not more than 140 characters long.

Tweets

Tweets are those messages that one sends out which get displayed in the author’s homepage and also in the time-lines of the people who follow him/her. They can include any kind of information, be it what one is doing, a new blog post, opinions, links to articles, anything.

Followers

A follower is one who subscribes to another person’s tweets.

There’s a follow button on every Twitter profile that is used to ‘follow’ people of interest. On the profile page, Twitter also shows the number of followers one has and the number of people one is following in addition to Name, Location, Website, number of tweets to-date and a short bio also 140 characters long.

Don’t Leave Too Soon

Newbies can easily misunderstand Twitter but if they take time to stick around and understand it, they soon realize that it is quite interesting and beneficial.

So tweet away and don’t forget to follow me here.

Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access.
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  1. eddsla said, on February 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    twitter! hmn…
    I say, it’s aplace where some people have chosen to live.

    about being “quite interesting and beneficial” …i can’t agree with you more.

  2. Sithabiso Dube said, on February 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    @stone, wat is my twitter website which allows me to see your posts in twitter? wat i mean is under the ‘leave a reply’ section..wat is my website? hope u understand my question.

  3. Josh said, on March 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Just noticed that one of the founders of Twitter is called Stone…

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