177. Twitter in nine steps ………
A twitter ID is called an handle.
Twitter helps share what’s happening as you see it (Tweet) or as others see it (Retweet) in 140 characters.
Twitter is about communicating publicly – Interactions which comprise of [ @ ] mentions or communicating privately – private communications can happen between two handles that follow each other (DM or Direct Message – this i believe will replace SMS in the future).
Twitter is keeping tab on the information flow by either following news outlets, information givers , organisations and individuals OR just following hashtags (#) also called discover OR following lists that you or others create. As handles discover you, they will start becoming followers.
You can lock your handle, deciding to allow follow requests or keep it open permitting anyone to follow without permission and see your tweets on their time-line.
You can be blocked by handles who don’t want you to follow them or you can block handles you don’t want to be followed by.
You can favourite a tweet for future reference with one click.
Everything you type on twitter has the potential to travel far and wide and every tweet is archived by the American Library of Congress – so don’t say or repeat what others say if you would not in a public place
Finally, no better way to learn than spending a few minutes on this powerful social network for 10 minutes every day and putting up one tweet or retweeting couple of tweets – it will evolve over time. So start tweeting with few followers and then when you get it right more followers will come on board. Also, do not follow too many handles till you get twitter right. It can clutter your time-line.