Hi, my name is Oo Nwoye. Welcome to my first post on internet 101. Here, I will be covering some basic tools of the web from a personal point of view i.e. tools I use. Since the Knowledge Centre is a new project, I am still not certain of the audience so please let me know if you have any qualms with my posts. I will be covering topics in no certain order. I hope you find my posts useful. I will appreciate all types of feedback. This first post is about Twitter.
What is Twitter?
I have heard that a question so many times and I still struggle with an answer. Let me give it a go again.
Twitter is a web broadcast tool that allows people to send out messages in 140 characters or less. The nearest analogy is your Facebook update or a very public chat room.
What is Twitter used for:
From my experience, Twitter is used basically for 3 main things.
Broadcasting: Just like the definition, you can type any message and put it out there for your followers to see. Followers are those who have subscribe to see your updates (Tweet). People can broadcast anything for e.g. I just put out a Tweet while writing this. You can also use it to share links of things you want others to see. For instance a YouTube video you have just watched
Chatting: This is one of my favourite uses of Twitter. Like I said in the definition, Twitter is one very public chat room. The beauty is that chatting is asynchronous therefore you are not under any pressure to reply and since Tweets are under 140 characters, messages are succinct and to the point. A good thing in using Twitter to chat is you can communicate with people you would not have access to normally e.g. celebrities directly and sometimes you get direct replies from them.
Consuming Information: This is the favourite use of twitter for most people. They follow the Twitter account of news sources/ Favourite celebrities and get messages form people in real time. It is also a favourite way to get coupon codes from your favourite brands.
So why is Twitter important?
Twitter is used to follow the pulse of what’s happening at a particular point in time. It contains the freshest and most recent conversation about issues and people. Brands use it to track what people are saying about them at a particular point in time. All you need do is search for the particular term
Some Twitter notations:
The ‘@’ symbol: This is used to call the attention of people in messages. For instance I could tweet”I am on my way to @warwickuni, for the tour of @WarwickLibrary by 4pm and I am running late L cc @mygoodfriend”
In this message, I have called the attention of Warwick Library, My Good Friend and Warwick University to my message. Just like copying people in an email message. Any of these people can now respond to me in real time.
The hash tag ‘#’:This is used to tag messages stating they are part of a larger conversation or topic. For instance, I could have use the hash tag #blogging or #deadlines in my tweet “Why do I enjoy waiting to do things at the last minute. Running late for the deadline of a blog post :( “. I could also do a cheeky tag like #whoinventeddeadlines. Taglines were especially useful during the world cup. This is one of my favourite hash tags J
This is essentially the forwarding of a Tweet you receive to all of your followers. It allows for the spreadinf og messages very quickly
This simply groups certain Twitter users and accounts. For instance you could group all news sources together and when you click on the list, you see only the tweets for those sets of people.
These are software services that were especially useful for the spread of Twitter. The deadlines connect to Twitter, enabling you to use the service without having to open an internet browser. Some twitter client are very good for CRM. Do check out CoTweet, I recommend it personally if you want to do business with Twitter. For normal use, check out TweetDeck
Some Twitter Traditions.
#followfriday and #musicmonday
On Friday people list twitter accounts of people they recommend you should follow and tag #followfriday
On Monday you suggest a favourite song or band and tag it with #musicmonday
Just so you will know
Birtney Spears has the most Twitter followers with 5,456,704 followers
There were 2 billion tweets last month
One of the drawbacks of tools like Twitter is that people use it to spread rumours easily so always crosscheck any information you get on Twitter. For example the Top trending topic as I am typing this is a hoax
I have obviously not covered everything because of certain limitations like time, space and my knowledge. Please contribute in the comments where we will continue our discussion. If you want you can learn a lot more about Twitter on their site. Go on and create an account if you do not have one; you don't want to be left behind the times.
Do follow me on Twitter and check out my blog if you want to experience the most random of tweets and blog posts