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Nov 5, 2009

Twitter, Tweeting and Tweeps – Huh?

Alrighty, learning moment, part two. You’ll see a few more of these “educational” posts as we all get on the same social networking page so please bear with. There’s so much good stuff to share!

Let’s talk about Twitter. And tweeting. Sounds like a total foreign language from outer space right? Which makes a gal wonder, what language(s) do they speak in outer space? Let’s go with foreign so I can drive this point – that soon you will be fluent in this crazy new (foreign) language (from outer space), which is both alarming and exciting, no?

What is Twitter?

Twitter describes itself as, “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: “What are you doing?”

Twitter is communication in a new shape, but it’s also a platform for listening to the communication of others in new ways. Twitter is a combination of various forms of communication like email, instant messages, blogs, etc., but its primary difference is that posts are restricted to 140 characters or less, which are called tweets. As a Twitter user you can post updates, follow and view updates from other users, and send a public reply or private direct message to connect with another Twitterer, or a tweep (I know, you can snicker a bit here but stay with me!).

Though users can answer the prompt, “What are you doing?” tweets have evolved to more than everyday experiences, and take the shape of shared links to interesting content on the web, conversations around hot topics (using hashtags), photos, videos, music, and, most importantly, real-time accounts from people who are in the midst of a newsworthy event, crisis, or natural disaster.

Remember the emergency landing of the US Airways flight into the Hudson River last January? How could you not, right? That dramatic story was broke on Twitter. In fact, TwitPics were being circulated before emergency vehicles were even on the scene.

It’s a whole new world we’re living in!

So in review:

  • Twitter is a new social media platform used to communicate with others about anything
  • A tweet is a 140-character post by you or someone you’re following
  • Tweeps are people you follow and follow you
  • And you now know enough to get started

Are you ready? If you haven’t already, go to Twitter and sign your bad self up. Here’s how:

  1. Go to and click “sign up”
  2. Create your user name and password
  3. Set up your profile
  4. Start tweeting

It’s that simple. Oh and you can start following MonaVie too – we’ll tell you why later…

Okay, that’s my attempt at building intrigue for our next post. How’d I do?

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