Micro-blogging with Twitter

You might have heard of twitter and wonder why people spend their time twittering. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website or an application such as Twitterrific.

Okay! I twitter and have even embedded my tweets into the sidebar of my blog. It's not that I want to build my network of friends and want to see what my friends are doing each and every minute of the day. You can follow as many people as you decide and others can follow you. I learn a lot from what people write in just a few words (under 140 characters). This micro-blogging is kind of cool especially if some of the people are sharing websites, programs, new information, etc. If you want to try it go to www.twitter.com, and sign up.

Now you probably are wondering how to find others to follow. Twitter uses social networking to its fullest potential. Find one person you know in Twitter and then click on that person's profile. I started because someone followed me. Up comes a list of people they follow and another list of people who are following them. You can click on one of the pictures of the people following or the link to the following list. Check out their profile to see if this person is someone you want to follow. If so, click follow.

Then from their profile, you can click on their lists of who they follow or who is following them. When you are invited, you receive an email with a link to their profile. There are other twitter programs that I'll add in other tips. The one thing that is pretty cool is sharing links. To save space when limited to 140 characters, people shorten their links using Tiny Url.

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