What is twitter?

Amarnath Prabhakar October 4, 2008 0

There should be a greater clarity on microblogging after the previous post on this topic, you can always refresh your memories by checking the post “What is microblogging” again. Now, this post would be to talk about one of the tools for microblogging called twitter. 

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?



The motive behind Twitter, you can prefer to stay hyper–connected to your friends and always know what they’re doing. You always have control on what you do…. you can choose to follow your friends or stop following them whenever you want. Also, you can choose as to when you need to check the tweets and when not. In other words you can be at peace when you feel not to get disturbed.

Tell the world or your preferred followers what you’re doing in 140 characters or less!  Send your thoughts, observations, and goings-on in your day. Whether you’re “eating an apple” or “looking foward to the weekend” or “Heading out of town” it’s twitter-worthy. Anything that you send across as a message is called tweets and the process of you typing such a tweet to your friends is called tweeting.

These days with a help of a lot of offline tools you can choose to be away from internet (your desktop) and still be connected to the world. Send updates to friends and family about what you’re doing in the way that works best for you.  Update in various ways like below

  • send and receive tweets from your phone
  • from your logged-in home page
  • from m.twitter.com.
  • from any of the third party applications on twitter fan wiki, made by the talented folks who’ve utilized twitter API.
More than these, you can put a Twitter badge on your blog, website, MySpace… anything that accepts Javascript or HTML.  You can even customize your Twitter badge to match your blog. By this you can ensure that people look at your blog and also choose to follow on twitter. Twitter is just one of the microblogging tools which lets you stay connected. There are many more to come on this blog.
And yes, if you choose to follow me you can do so at “http://twitter.com/unoblogger“.

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