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