In the past week I’ve had (not one but two) friends ask me what Twitter is all about. The fact that this question comes to me in person is HUGE!! I can’t shout that loud enough! Hoo-f’n-ray! Really.HUGE.
This post went out to some of those people but primarily aimed at our board for Delaware Friends of Folk, because networking for our cause is important. http://www.delfolk.org/
This is my Twitter 101 talk to that audience:Twitter is prose on the outhouse wall of the internet, read by people you hope will know you, now or in the future. Or maybe more like a message in the bottle. Where your bottle floats can be steered by eddies you can paddle a bit.My experience with Twitter got started really early in Twitter history because I tune in to the tech scene through the Leo LaPorte TWIT network. http://live.twit.tv/ Tipped off back in 2007, I’ve been tweeting off and on for over 3 years. Not the geekiest thing to geeks, but to people in my immediate presence, too geeky to comprehend.Real use of Twitter is not like Facebook. You can use it on the web, your phone (even a ‘dumb’ phone if you have a text plan) or with some software. You would never want to read the live Twitter feed of the whole world. It would be like a big fire hose in the face! Basically, you chose people who have things to say you’d like to read.In my case, I started with tech writers, celebrities and long distance friends. Then, I got my 2 sisters to use it. Certain ones of these people I programmed Twitter to send to my phone. When they tweet, I want it right away via text message. Not everyone I follow goes to my phone! That would be awful, I just choose the essential people.As time goes by, you add more interesting people because the core group you start with recommends other people they read, etc. Before you know it, you have people that tweet stuff you want to know all the time. It becomes a feed of news/media/crap you want to read on the InternetS.In the past year, I’ve noticed that more people in our geographical location have caught on to Twitter. Now, I have the beginning of a local network!
Twitter has added this handy thing called LISTS. I’ve grouped my Twitterers that I follow in these types of lists:
• Favorite Celebs
• Related-to-me people
• Art or Design people
• Politics people
• Dover / Delmarva-ish people