Twitter explained

Welcome to the second installment in the Slideschool Series: Twitter explained.

This presentation takes you through the basics of why Twitter is such an important communication tool and how you go about making the most of the service.

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In a nutshell, these are the main features of Twitter:

  • Stripped down blogging: no titles, categories and only 120 characters of text. Why? So it’s easy to produce and easy to read quickly, using either the web or mobile (SMS).
  • A sizeable network who you can follow, or who can choose to follow you. The short, pithy posts make it easy to scan through a thread quickly.
  • A robust API that has allowed a number of services to be built on top of Twitter

On the subject of those useful Twitter services, let me list some of the ones I find most useful:

Twitbin: A great add-on for all you Firefox users out there – view updates and post directly from your browser.

Twitterfeed: This is great if you want to further promote your blog on Twitter – your blog posts are excerpted as Twitter posts with links back to the original.

Twitter badges: Place a widget on your homepage, Facebook profile, etc. using this handy application that will list your latest messages.

Twhirl: A popular desktop app for Twitter that lets you get round that pesky browser.

Hashtags tracking: Twitter’s hashtags allow you to pull together content on a similar topic. This handy service allows you to search these topics.

If you find other services particularly useful, feel free to let me know and I’ll update this list.

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