The short answer is to get a Twitter account and begin writing short messages (tweets) to your followers. The long answer involves answering all the questions you will have about my first sentence and the usefulness of Twitter :) I spend more time on Twitter than I do on Facebook these days. Depending on how much you get into it and for what reasons, Twitter can be just as big of a time-eater as Facebook.
Twittering is for twitts. Who cares about a play by play of ones life. Only people who are truly bored and have nothing better to do.
tweet, tweet, rockin robin
>>Twittering is for twitts. Who cares about a play by play of ones life. Only people who are truly bored and have nothing better to do. Well, that's what I thought, until I worked out who to follow and how to search hashtags. Watching the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt unfold on twitter was quite exciting...
"How do you Tweet? I have no idea." I have no idea and, like others, my question would be, why? Maykal, there are far better ways to watch world events unfold.
Twitter was and is very helpful to incite the revolutions to make a better life for many. Beyond that pick up the phone and talk to your friends about what you are doing. I truly don't think they care when you go to the bathroom or any other silly stuff most people tweet about.
"to make a better life for many" I think it is a little early to state that, don't you. Certainly, it is a useful tool for those planning civil unrest but aren't other social networking platforms equally useful? At least with Facebook you can send more than whatever the tiny number of characters is on Twitter. I find them all ridiculous.
Twit *** twot, a twitter account I have not.
Ah, the usual questions about what Twitter is good for. At one point, I asked that question too till I gave it a try. Believe me, it's a lot more complex than the simplistic "updating your personal status" I hear a lot. Twitter is used by people and organizations to quickly share news that would otherwise take longer to do so using traditional media (TV, radio, etc) or by word of mouth. You can also use it like a radio and tune into (follow) people or organizations that you are interested in hearing news from. The other big use for Twitter is for people with large network of friends/family to rapidly share info with each other. I use Twitter mainly to keep track of sports, entertainment, and technology. I like hearing directly from people or organizations unfiltered by media. Of course, the one problem with that is if a really big news item hits, then the amount of info becomes a bit overwhelming (ex: the mass shooting in Colorado) to digest. Twitter is just another way to spread information quickly. It's also quite like Facebook in that it's as useful as you make of it. If you are turned off by social media, which I suspect applies to quite a few people here, then Twitter will have limited or no interest to you. But at least now you know what it's used for :)
Fascinating replies. I, too, agree that nobody wants to hear about the last time I filed my nails or took the dog for a walk. Who cares? Nope none of that for me.... I wanted to contact a person whom I admire very much indeed and I looked in vain for a website, email, blog thingy... it seems that twitter is the only way I can contact them. I know you are all just DYING to know what the burning question was... I needed an explanation on why we had an orange frog in the garden and white frogspawn. I lead a sad life.....
am I correct in thinking your orange frog made white offspring?
It seesm logical Anke, but as I did not see the frog actually spawning, I have no proof.
An orange frog? Tie a Rangers scarf round it's neck and send him to watch Rngers v. Kielty Girls Brigade next season.
I refuse to tweet!
I haven't actually tweeted per se... merely asked a question.
If you really have something to say to your friends instead of sending a tweet, why not pick up the phone and speak to them in person. Much more friendly that way.
I generally do call them up. However this appeared to be the only way to contact this person. I'm not even sure I managed that.
Twitter is like any other social medium. Has its uses, but can becomes obsessive (just like good old TV, computer games or golf) for some.
Isnt all spawn intiially white (ish)?...the colour would show up as the developmenmtal process went on maybe?...I remmeber sort of white spawn and green frogs....
Iain, I see people walking down the street apparently glued to their mobile phones and unaware of their surroundings, bumping into lamp posts and tripping over obstacles. Probably twittering. Not for me I'm afraid, my phone does not work well in the country. Kirsty, the unusual thing about this spawn is that the centres, instead of being a black dot (the soon to be developing tadpole) it was solid white. I looked up the orange frog on the net, looks like it is a kind of albino one, uncommon but around. However there does not appear to be enough information about either to satisfy my curiosity.
1. Tweets are for the birds! 2. Mr. Sashi Tharoor's tweet cost him his job as a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, India. So do beware!
Looks like the perfect tweet: what is that solid white spawn? I bet you'll get the answer in no time.
"I see people walking down the street apparently glued to their mobile phones and unaware of their surroundings, bumping into lamp posts and tripping over obstacles." They can walk into lampposts all day if they want, it is when they start walking into me that I get annoyed.
Oh, I must tell you! We went to look at cars today as mine looks like it is going to give up the ghost shortly. The very kind man demonstrated a Merc 8 series with all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. While fiddling with it, I happened to mention that my phone has bluetooth and I was trying to connect it to the SatNav but did not know how to do it. He asked me: What kind of phone is it? I replied a Pink One. Not put off in the slightest, but trying to stop giggling, he asked to see it as the problem I had was that there was no visible marking or make number on it. Turns out that it is a VM560. Bog standard £12.00 model. He took the time and trouble to identify it for me so that I might now run into the back of the car in front while trying to get a Tom Tom traffic upload. What a Very Nice Man.
Not a Very Nice Man but a Very Good Salesman!
Ah the things you do to sell a car..... hahahah still a Very Nice Man
"They can walk into lampposts all day if they want, it is when they start walking into me that I get annoyed." -- Hear, hear--I second that!! I've started to let them get on a really close collision course and then reach out and snap my fingers at the last second. They usually jump three feet in the air. I think Twitter is pretty bloody stupid. HOWEVER, I signed up because I was at a science-fiction convention in the summer and by following a hash tag I could keep track of up-to-the-minute activities happening around the halls. AND if you have a Twitter account tied to your phone number, you can send free private text messages to anyone else in the **world** who has an account. (Under 140 characters long.) If you want, you can private text me at my twitter account: @E_IS_Ferguson
I stand 6'5" and normally just adopt a decent defensive stance i.e one foot slightly ahead of the other for balance, and let them walk into me, at which point a "thousand yard stare" normally does the trick. OK, it is peurile but I have terrified more youngsters than you could imagine doing that. Hopefully it may make them think about fellow pedestrians next time.