I like reading what people have to say but only in small amounts. I like seeing what is happening in the news before it hits the news shows. Every day I like to read blogs on subjects I am interested in. There are some very funny people out there and I like reading humorous tidbits. I need a place to announce my latest blog posts to people who like to read what I have to say.
Twitter is the place for all of this. Twitter is a simple place to read or write casually. I don't write much at all but I read Twitter a lot. Sure, there might be things not worth reading--just pass them by. If someone tweets stuff you don't want to read, simply stop following them (unfollow in Twitter lingo). Don't worry, no one will know you skipped their writings.
Here is a brief Twitter Glossary.
- A tweet. This is a post made by a Twitter user. It is no more than 144 characters.
- Follow: If some one's tweets are in your stream or view on the screen,then you are following them.
- Follower: Someone who is reading your tweets, that is if you write any tweets.
For a more complete Twitter Glossary, click here.
Using Twitter is FREE for the masses. You will see some unobtrusive ads on pages and that's how Twitter receives revenue. You can use Twitter on your PC, smartphone or tablet.
Twitter on the web with your PC
See a large view of the Twitter reading area. The most recent tweets appear at the top. There are some twitter replacement apps for the PC too. Tweetdeck and Twitterific to name a couple. Many people want to see a slightly different screen or like some of the creative features the replacements apps have to offer that Twitter doesn't provide in their own app.
Twitter on a smartphone or tablet
The Twitter app or replacement Twitter app, on your smartphone or tablet is a smaller view of Twitter. The screens might look a litter different but it shows the same twitter information.
|Twitter Replacement Seismic for Android|
|Twitter Replacement Echofon on the iPad|
It is really easy to get started with Twitter. Go to Twitter.com and create a FREE Twitter account. Just create a user ID and a password and you're all set! Next, open Twitter.com on the PC, smartphone or tablet. Then choose some people to follow. Think about actors or news and sports personalities to follow.
I mostly read Twitter on my iPad using the Echofon Twitter replacement app. Echofon allows me to increase the text size to make the screen is easy to read (great due to my vision disability). I can actually read Twitter on my smarphone using one of the replacement Twitter apps called Seismic. It too allows me to enlarge the text to a readable size. The regular Twitter app doesn't have the ability to enlarge the text size so it is a "no go" for me.
Give Twitter try for a few days. Here are some of the people I follow on Twitter.
James Kendrick. A tech blogger who I've read and listened to for about 8 years.
Anderson Cooper of CNN. I love reading small takes on where Anderson is reporting from.
CNN itself. Get the latest and greatest news headlines as they happen.
Paul Thurott. Another tech blogger who is an expert of the good and bad of Microsoft.
Denny Hamlin. A NASCAR driver who drives the number 11 car. Denny writes personal stuff just before and after a race.
Simon Cowell from the X Factor. No one says funny and harsh stuff like Simon.
GleeonFox. If you are a GLEE fan like me, hear the latest and greatest news about GLEE.
Sfearthquakes. Get a tweet every time there is a San Francisco area earthquake.
MarsCuriosity. For the space buffs around, hear about the latest Mars rover called Curiosity. One of the engineers writes about the happenings from Mars as if the rover has a brain and writing in the first person.
Andy Blasquez. Andy is a Contra Costa County Real Estate Agent and writes a very good Real Estate Blog.
TabletGrandpa. Of course there's me. Hear about my latest blog post right here on Twitter. Sometimes I share some of the very interesting tweets of people I follow.
Here's a very good How to use Twitter article.