- Twitter is an online service that enables you to broadcast short messages to your friends or followers.
- It also lets you specify which Twitter users you want to follow so you can read their messages in one place.
- Twitter is designed to work on a mobile phone as well as on a computer.
- All Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, so each message can be sent as a single SMS alert.
- You can't say much in 140 characters. That's part of Twitter's charm.
- Some people call it "micro-blogging"
What is Twitter?
What's It Good For?
- Twitter is useful for close-knit groups (although there also are some fairly large mobs on Twitter).
- If you follow your friends, and they follow each other, you can quickly communicate group-related items, such as "I'm going to the pub on Fourth Street, come on along."
Sending Twitter messages, or "Tweets"
- You can send a Twitter message, or "Tweet", from any mobile device you've registered. This means mobile phone, blackberry or iPhone
From Twitter's Website
- From Twitter's page, enter a message in the entry window at the top of the page.
Sending a Tweet from a mobile phone:
- Send an SMS message to:
- In the US, use 40404.
- In Canada, use 21212.
- In the UK, Vodafone users can text to the new local UK Vodafone short code 86444; people on all other UK carriers should use +44 7624 801423
- In Sweden, use: +46 737 494222
- In Germany, use +49 17 6888 50505
- Anywhere else, use +44 7624 801423
- AOL: TwitterIM
- Gtalk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet Via Blackberry
There are lots of blackberry applications and while we can't reccommmend any - here's one we know people use a lot (but don't yell at us if you hate it)
and a handy guide to go with it:
Tweet Via your Iphone
Iphone has loads of Twitter apps. Again, can't reccomend just one - but we hear Twitterrific does the job... and it's free (you can't beat free).
In all these cases, all your "followers" will see your message on their own Twitter pages and possibly on their mobile devices as well.
Turning Twitter off from your phone
- There's a good chance Twitter messages will drive you insane.
- Here's a list of commands to turn it on and off. They may be useful if you ever want to sleep:
- ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
- OFF: turns ALL phone notifications off.
- STOP, QUIT: stops all messages to your phone immediately
- ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON alissa.
- OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF blaine.
- FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start receiving notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: follow jeremy
- LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop receiving notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: leave benfu
- A hashtag is how Twitter unites people's tweets around a particular topic
- Which is a very fancy way of saying they're used when many people are tweeting about the same topic, or from the same event.
- You can invent you own hashtag or use ones created by other people
- A hash tag is any single word/phrase preceded by a hash (#) tag, eg:
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications.