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Are you ready to ditch your social media training wheels and take a journey into Twitter’s universe? Check out the following information to help you get started. What is Twitter?Before we get started, it is important that you understand what Twitter is all about. Basically it is a social media platform that enables users to share their thoughts, information, new, jokes, and more in 140 characters or less. In this way, Twitter is able to make global communication measurable and cheap. Most profiles are public and users “follow” each other to keep tabs on and converse with certain people. Brief History of TwitterTwitter was created in March of 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams during a daylong brainstorming session. However, Jack Dorsey is the one credited with coming up with the initial idea; using an SMS service to communicate with a group of people. Twitter was officially launched in July of the same year and, since then, this platform has exploded in popularity. In fact, Twitter now has over 240 million active users who post more than 400 million tweets in a day. Uses of TwitterSince its inception Twitter has evolved into an amazing communication tool that has been used for everything from people showing off pictures of their kids to the facilitation of the collapse of an entire government. In fact, Twitter has replaced traditional medial and RSS subscriptions for many people.Some of the uses of Twitter include:1. Microblogging: Making a quick tweet that tells the world how you are doing, how bad your day went, etc. it is an excellent tool that allows one to keep connected to their family and friends all over the world.2. Quick answers: Twitter takes crowdsourcing to another level. You can ask the Twitter universe for answers to your burning questions and the more people that follow you, the more detailed answers you will receive.3. Keeping up with the latest headlines: From magazines to newspapers to TV stations, etc., everyone is using Twitter to communicate relevant information to their followers. In this way, Twitter has been excellent in helping users keep track of news.4. Political involvement: Ever since Barack Obama’s success with social media more politicians are turning to sites like Twitter to communicate with their constituents and vice versa.5. For business: Companies have been utilizing social media to interact with their customers, share exclusive promotions, and building brand awareness to great success.Still, the success of this social media phenomenon is largely due to its power to connect people. Twitter allows strangers to connect based off of common interests and invites them to participate in conversations that range from very important to relatively mundane.
TwitterspeakWhen you begin using Twitter, it is necessary that you learn the vernacular. There are certain words that are native to Twitter. Some of these include:1. Tweet: a 140-character message2. Retweet (RT) : Giving credit or sharing someone else’s tweet3. Feed: The tweets from the users that you follow that you see on your homepage4. Direct Message (DM): This is a private tweet between two people. You can only DM with someone that follows you5. Hashtag (#): This is a symbol used to denote a topic of conversation or helps one participate in a larger linked discussion. It is a discovery tool that lets others find your tweets based on topics. It is also possible to click on a hashtag to see all the tweets about it; this includes from people that you don’t follow.
Things to ConsiderBefore you being using Twitter there are some important things to consider. They include:
Every tweet is searchable and permanent: It is possible to delete a tweet but if it has been retweeted, then nothing can be done. Therefore, you must be very careful what you say on Twitter and it is important that you double check each tweet for appropriateness before it is posted.
Don’t click on suspicious links: it is possible for Twitter accounts to get hacked by cybercriminals. Therefore it is not recommended that you click on Tweets in your messages that don’t sound altogether copacetic. For example, if a friend is offering you a free iPad and it comes with a link, there’s a strong chance that their account has been compromised. Do not click on the link.
The Future of TwitterTwitter has been hinting at big changes to come that will make the social media platform easier to use and understand; especially for newcomers. To make this possible, the powers-that-be have conducted experiments to find new ways to show content. Some of these include the possibility of moving away from the timeline’s current format and/or showing you tweets that your friends favorite.
Delicious is a social bookmarking site that lets you save and tag links for great sites and cool content you find on the Internet. It also allows you to discover new content that other users have bookmarked, and to vote those bookmarks up or down. Delicious – originally stylized as del.icio.us – was created by American Joshua Schachter and launched in 2003. It was one of the very first social networks to focus on the sharing of bookmarks.
In the late 1990s Schachter created a web site called Memepool, where he shared a list of interesting and humorous links to different sites around the web. Memepool was one of the earliest blogs on the Internet, and with its lack of personal introspection or reader comments it was very different from what most of us think of as a blog today.
But Schachter’s list grew with links contributed by readers, and sent to him via email. And with more than 20,000 entries the list was bigger than any folder system at the time could manage. So Schachter wrote an application to help organize the massive list. Delicious grew out of that application, which he called Muxway. It’s main feature was the ability to use a short descriptive tag to group related links together.
Social bookmarking is commonplace today, but at the turn of the 21st century this was cutting edge stuff. This was before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest. Nobody had even heard of a hashtag, and few people were familiar with an expression like “social networking.” It was huge! His creativity and forward thinking saw Joshua Schachter named one of the top innovators under 35. And when Yahoo bought Delicious in 2005, it was estimated that the price tag was somewhere between $15 and $30 million.
Delicious has had a bumpy ride since then. In 2010 Pinterest, now the 26th most popular site in the world, was launched. Later that same year TechCrunch leaked that Yahoo had plans to shut Delicious down. The site was saved from that fate through sale to a company owned by the founders of YouTube but has again been sold to Science Inc, run by the former CEO of Myspace.
In 2007 Delicious boasted a membership of 3 million users, and had 100 million unique URLs bookmarked – an enormous growth from Schachter’s initial list! The site has attempted to compete with Pinterest, but its Stacks concept was criticized for being too much like the bulletin board concept of that site. Although Science Inc says it has essentially acquired Delicious “as is,” some innovation will be necessary to keep this groundbreaking social network live on the Internet.