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Your How-To Twitter Guide

Twitter, Inc.MySpaceFacebookYouTubeShaquille O'NealLinkedIn Corp.Christopher Walken

The Internet is changing the world. Social Media is now mainstream, and there are plenty of sites to choose from: MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Qik, just to name a few.

But if you're already signed up for one, why add another? Well, why not? is working for you, simplifying the latest social networking site that has grown to over six million users.

Behold: Twitter.

Twitter is simple. It's like texting the world. And it can be done from your computer or phone. You get out of it as much as you put in to it, and you can pick and choose who to follow and who follows you.

But what could you possibly say that people would be interested in? Pretty much anything, unless of course, you tweet when you wake up, you tweet when you potty, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth again, get dressed etc.

Some of the most popular Twitterers are everyday people with clever, creative, or informative tweets:

DidiGiggles said:
OMG ... I just stopped really hard on the breAks... And suddenly this apple appears from under the seat

Wayside Waifs said:
Power tools and pets! Come join our largest mobile adoption event of the year. Join us!

Celebrities have embraced Twitter too. It's like their own approved TMZ, where they offer a sneak peek into their lives:

Christopher Walken said:
I am now invited to a dog wedding. I don't have the words to make that stupider than it already sounds. They're registered at Whiskers.

Shaquille O'Neal said:
Attention all twitterers I'm a tweet at halftime and not get fined like vill a new wave a whteva his name is

Okay, so you're warming up to the idea of Twitter, but you're a super-busy soul who can hardly bear the thought of adding one more social site to the list of ones you already have. If that's you, there's good news. If you use Facebook, you can add this Twitter application,which links your tweets to your status. So when you update one, the other is too. Easy!

If you're on MySpace, there's a nifty little feature called Twittersync that allows users to sync their MySpace moods with Twitter.

Another time-saving website: HelloTxt, which allows users to update their status across multiple networks not exclusively related to Twitter.

As for sites that compliment Twitter? There are a gazillion of them. And they could makes anyone's head spin. But if you're a more advantageous tweeter, you'll find they can be beneficial and even fun.

Twitter Applications/Sites:

FriendorFollow Find out who you're following who's not following you back?

Twesents Virtual gifts that can be sent to your Twitter friends.

TweetBeep Twitter alerts via email.

TweetDeck Streamlines notifications and tweets in a consice view.

Twibes Hand-picked tweets - who you would recommend.

Twitpic Allows users to post pictures to Twitter.

TwitterFeed Posts tweets on a user's blog using RSS

Twitterholic Ranks Twitter users.

WeFollow Find tweeps with similar interests.

Get More Twitter Applications Here

So. You're convinced. You've decided the world would be a more meaningful place if you, or your business, were to Twitter. But before you get started, you'll want to know the lingo. You wouldn't want to embarrass yourself in cyber-space. That. Would be tragic.

Twitter Lingo

Tweet: A message on Twitter.

Tweeps: People who tweet. (Twitter + Peeps) Also Tweeples and Tweoples.

Retweet or RT: Posting another person's tweet and giving them credit for it. Example: RT @sarahjclark FOX 4 News is working for you!

@name: Placing "@" before a username in Twitter links back to that person's Twitter page. It's common courtesy to do this when mentioning another person in a tweet.

Hashtags (#): Placing a hashtag (#) before a word or phrase tags it for easy tracking. Search for hashtags at And follow @hashtags to make sure your tags get aggregated.

Twiend: A friend on Twitter. Someone you follow who follows you back.

Follow: It's like "friending" on Facebook, only in Twitter, it's called "following."

Twitch: The intense need to Twitter.

Get More Twitter Lingo Here.

Now that you're equipped with the terms, the aps, and the desire, you're all set. Just go to and sign up. It's free. We promise. The only thing it'll cost you is time. Before long, you just might become a twitterholic yourself.

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