Follow me on Twitter

Twitter is with Facebook one of the most successful social networks today. It’s a ‘microblogging’ service that enables users to post short messages of 140 characters (known as Tweets) or pictures.
The defining feature of the service is that the tweets that you send (unless sent privately) are not only broadcasted to all the people that are ‘following you’ but are publicly available as well. Twitter is searchable; meaning that by using the twitter search box you can find all recent tweets related to a topic or a keyword. Thus you will be able to find users tweeting on a subject and decide to follow them or not, based on their past tweets and their profile.
As of March 2012, there are more than 500 million users (forecasted 600 million users to be reached in June 2012) generating over 550 million tweets and handling over 2 billion search queries per day.
Twitter is very useful: Twitter can be used for personal and business purposes. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your friends by quickly broadcasting information about you. For business, Twitter is an incredible marketing tool, enabling companies to send latest news and interacting with clients. It can be also used for customer support and as a collaboration tool.
To use Twitter you don’t have to be in front of a computer. You can download a Twitter client on any type of mobile device, as well as sending and receiving Tweets by SMS.
This ubiquity on mobile devices opens a variety of other uses. Twitter has been used to organize and coordinate protests like the 2011 Egyptian revolution, for real time journalism and in public relations and political campaigns (Barak Obama election campaign, for example).
Your first steps: Start by registering on http://twitter.com/, you will have to supply some basic information, create your profile and chose your Twitter username. You can also download a Twitter client for your phone. If your phone has GPS you can chose to accompany your tweets with your geographical coordinates.
After this, you can find people you want to follow. You can do that by searching the name of your friends or by searching topics that interest you. For example, if you want to read news about the Costa Tropical you can follow @SeasideGazette (the Twitter account of the Seaside Gazette) or if you are interested in Internet Marketing you can follow my tweets at @AnalyticsTweets or @lvicini.
You can send tweets to a specific user by appending @username in front of your message (they will be publicly visible). To send a private message to a user in particular, he must be following you.
In order to make your tweets more findable by other users, you can include a ‘HashTag’ in the body of the tweet (hashtag is a topic name preceded by the character #). You can find the occurrence of a specific HashTags by using http://hashtags.org/. The same way you will be able to search a topic that has a hash tag in the search box. For example, all health related tweets are followed by #health; Web analytics related tweets are followed by #measure.

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