Tech5 News: TWITTER

Ben HarrisonTWITTER

 

Good afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

 

Yesterday we discussed the phenomenal social networking site, Facebook. Today I’d like to talk about another social networking tool, Twitter.

 

Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages, each one limited to 140 characters, to friends or groups of friends.

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Twitter cannot be as complicated to use as I first thought; after all it is used daily by politicians, government workers, journalists, and a host of other people, many of whom are technological incompetents. I bet if you visited their homes, you would find that the clock on their DVD player is still flashing 00 and a week after much of the world returned to Daylight Saving Time, most clocks are still an hour slow.

 

If you use Twitter now, you will know the learning curve you had to experience to become even mildly proficient. If you have yet to experience Twitter, you should know that you will have to learn a whole new vocabulary of words like tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile?

 

During the American Academy Awards feature a week ago, the show’s host Ellen DeGeneres using her cell phone camera took a ‘selfie’. A selfie is a self-portrait but this one had a who’s who of Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. She posted the resulting photograph on Twitter and within minutes the photo racked up more than half a million re-tweets. It broke all records and for a short time and even crashed the Twitter system.

One of the first and still one of the best uses of Twitter is as a micro-blogging platform. It’s easy to make a quick tweet (140 characters maximum), telling the world what you are doing, how good your morning coffee tastes or how bad your lunch went.

And it is a great way for friends and family — even those halfway across the world — to keep connected to your daily life.

Crowd sourcing is the ability to ask all sorts of questions to the Twitter universe, from what is the capital of Alaska to what people think of a particular brand of baby food.  The more friends you have, the more detailed answers you will receive.

Whether you just got laid off or you are sick of your current job, Twitter can help you get a new job. Not only can you announce to the world that you are looking for employment, but many companies post their job openings on Twitter.

From newspapers to magazines to TV stations and cable news, it seems everyone is adopting Twitter as the coolest thing since sliced bread,,in that it makes Twitter a great way to keep track of news.

Twitter can be very useful for arranging a time and place to get together. It’s like a conference call with text messaging. So, if you have a regular lunch date with a group of people, or just want to arrange a get together, Twitter can be a great way to nail down a time and place that works for

We’ve all had one of those days, whether it was someone pulling in front of us in traffic, or getting served the wrong type of coffee, it is sometimes these little things that can put us in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

The best advice is to let it out, but to whom? It’s not like you have a handy punching bag, and it’s probably not smart to complain to your boss. Twitter can let you rage to millions of people. And you might just get some sympathy tweets out of it too.

 

Twitter’s search feature can be a great way to track trends or keep up with a particular subject. And if you are a fan of sports, it can be a great way to really connect with the team. Not only are many sports players on Twitter, but you have the media and millions of fans to keep you updated.

You can also use the search feature to check out what the opinion is on the latest DVD, CD, movie or book. You will get not just a critic’s opinion, but what ordinary people actually think so you don’t have to waste your money on a real dud.

 

Barack Obama uses Twitter, and politicians are increasingly turning to social media like Twitter. Not only is this providing a great way for politicians to get the word out, but it is allowing them to stay connected to their constituents. What better way to tell your MP or Senator what you think about government policy.

 

Twitter can be a great political force,  allowing citizens in troubled areas of the world to break through communication walls and let people  around the world know what is happening and to show their support.

 

If you want to know more about Twitter and how to become a registered user, visit www.twitter.com or look up The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter – Mashable on Google.com.

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This is Ben Harrison from EEZEE Radio 91.1 AND 102.7 on your FM DIAL in St. Vincent and the Grenadines