TWITTER 101: Why Get Connected?

From my previous post I suggested that the TWITTER phenomenon has created a nation of social media addicts, people who can’t stand to be away from their smart phones for even a second. For newcomers to social media it’s all a bit baffling.I mean it’s just a phone, right?  Well, actually no. For many people it’s much more than that – it’s a window to the world, a form of personal expression and instant news gathering for millions of people. Twitter brings uncensored, live news reports from real people right there at the scene of an event. Just this morning we heard about a shooting at the U of Alberta from students who tweeted from the scene. In fact the CBC was using those tweets as part of their news broadcast.CBC shows tweets of robbery/murder The power and immediacy of social media is amazing. Here’s a bit of background from USA Today about the beginnings of Twitter.
How Twitter got started
If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the Twitter world, it’s a good idea to learn the basics first. Here are two sources – one from Twitter Central and another from an independent source. Happy tweeting.
Twitter 101 Twitter Guide Book


About M. Behrend

As a kid growing up in the sixties I had an overactive imagination. As an adult I realized that sometimes the truth can be more amazing than fiction. Everybody has at least one good story to tell.

2 responses to “TWITTER 101: Why Get Connected?”

  1. Richard Schwier says :

    Good resources… love the graphic! Of course I can’t help but comment on social media and the awful events at the University of Alberta last night. It’s interesting to see how the problem unfolded through the eyes of worried, anxious, but connected people. I wonder if the sense of connectedness they had with their social networks on Twitter might have helped them feel less isolated and afraid in the moment? I kind of think so. We reach out in the dark and hope somebody or something will be there when we’re afraid.

    I also wonder about accuracy. In a way, Twitter allows us to put assumptions and presumptions, facts and worst fears, out on open display and gives equal prominence to each. Without filters, lots of unhelpful commentary, such as the criticism of the emergency response at the U of A in this case. It usually takes awhile to figure out why there might have been what seemed like a sluggish response, and yet the reputation of a lot of people can suffer damage.

    But on balance, I see from the responses that they were dominated by clearly helpful and necessary communication. If I were in residence at the HUB, I would be hanging onto Twitter for dear life.

    • mbehrend says :

      Thanks for your insights Rick. Spot on about assumptions and presumptions. I guess we have to apply our own internal filters to establish just where the truth lies. (No pun intended.) 🙂

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