Twitter is an online social networking service created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006. It allows users to send and read messages called “tweets”. www.twitter.com members can broadcast tweets and follow other users’ tweets by using multiple platforms and devices. Tweets and replies to tweets can be sent by cell phone text message, desktop client or by posting at the www.twitter.com website. Unlike Facebook or LinkedIn , the default settings for Twitter are public. Anyone can follow anyone on public Twitter.
You can have an unlimited amount of followers, but only follow a select few people if you want, making it easy to stay in touch with the people you care to stay in touch with. Any tweets that you write are not 100% private even if directed at another user, the only way to make sure a conversation is 100% private is to exchange direct messages. You cannot direct message someone that does not follow you and vice versa.
www.twitter.com has some features that makes it fun and easy to relate with other users like Retweeting or “RT”ing which is used when you want to forward along a tweet that someone else said to your followers. Another is Hashtags which is a way to label tweets so that other users can see tweets on the same topic. Hashtags contain no spaces or punctuation and begin with a “#” symbol
TWITTER VS. FACEBOOK
Facebook allows you to write a book (not that anyone is going to read it). Twitter limits to 140 characters per tweet.
Facebook and Twitter allow the use of hashtags to group ideas / topics. Facebook incorporated this ideas patterned after Twitter.
You can search inside of either network for topics, people, businesses and organizations.
Facebook allowing more options is considered more difficult to use than www.twitter.com.
Both networks are capable of allowing some customization to include your branding.
Facebook allows likes and friends while Twitter’s call to action is to follow.
Inside of Facebook you will Like or Share something. Yet inside of Twitter you will ReTweet or Favorite Something.
You can find your old elementary friends or high school love interest on Facebook. On Twitter you can find the latest topic trending – like the Oscars, News, Celebrity Stories and more.
How to sign up twitter – www.twitter.com
- Enter your full name, phone number, and a password.
- Click Sign up for Twitter.
- In order to verify your phone number, Twitter will send you an SMS text message with a code. Enter the verification code in the box provided.
- Once you’ve clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one we’ve suggested. Twitter tell you if the username you want is available.
- Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
- Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let them know that you’re human…
Note: if you’d like to sign up with www.twitter.com using an email address, you can do so via the “Use email instead” link at the bottom of the sign up page.