On Thursday, 16th of April 2009, aplusk became the number one user of Twitter, the micro blogging social networking site. There are more than 1,000,000 people following him on Twitter.
Twitter helps you keep in touch with others. There are people who use it to say just such basic things as “hello” to others. The New York Times finds it a good tool as well and uses it to send out its news updates.
Believe it or not even the President of USA, Barack Obama uses it to share information. Twitter has become much more than a fad, it’s becoming highly main-stream with many companies, charitable organizations and not so famous individuals (like me :-)).
How do I become a member on Twitter?
Get on to Internet and visit Twitter.com. Register for free, that is if you do not have an account yet. Login in and complete your profile. Now you have a home page with your name in the url something like http://twitter.com/your_name (in my case chris_langston). Now you are ready to begin the fun by sending your first Tweet.
A Tweet is a micro blog post or a status update that you type in the “web box” on Twitter. It looks like the picture below. It always keeps asking, “what are you doing?” Your answer to that is a “tweet”.
The “140” number you see there to the left of the web box is the maximum number of characters that you can type into that “web box”. The minute you start typing in this text box the number updates itself, informing you instantly the number of characters that you have remaining. Click on the update button and your tweet joins the millions
out there. Go ahead and try it.
How do you find followers?
On your home page on the top right corner, you will find a tab “find people”. Click on the tab and you have four options where you can invite others from your own mailing contacts, others on other networks, or else you can invite sending them email.
Twitter automatically informs you of others whom you might like to add to your list.
A click on their profiles lands you on their home pages. The home page has a profile image box with the legend “follow”. Click on the follow and you become a follower. It is a norm in the Twitter world – one who is followed, always returns with a follow you gesture.
You can also search in the search box on your home page. Type the name of a person or a hobby or a business entity and Twitter provides you with real time results. You can pick and choose. You can begin the adventure of tweeting and become a part of an other world where you will always find some one to follow and you will always find some following you.
So What Techniques works best for your to find people to follow? Feel free to share below.