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Submitted by on 28 June, 2009 – 1:22 pmNo Comment | 373 views

I have been extolling the virtues of Twitter to family and friends and they all come back with what is the point? I must admit I was exactly one of those people less than a month ago, so what have I discovered?

I am now talking to people that I would not have been talking to under different circumstances. I have even had a beer with some of them – meeting as a group at a Tweet Up. They were all at different stages of the Twitter experience and some were still asking what was the point?

Personally I have not been so up to date with changes in cyberspace, new tools, and other peoples thoughts in changes to Twitter, search and digital marketing. I was struggling to keep up and now I have surrounded myself with following people like @GuardianTech,@TechCrunch, @GoogleNews and others that seem to be on the same wave length as myself. I knew about Google Wave, Google Squared and other developments before they were picked up by the main stream news, in some cases they did not get a mention.

The problems in Iran over the election results are the only way some times that people inside Iran can tell the outside world what is going on. There is even a movement to change your avatars green or add a green ribbon in support of the people. Will it make any difference, I don’t know. Time will tell.  I follow Tweet Minister and the Local Government Association to find out what is going on in the UK and I did follow 10 Downing Street but I found this limited.

So what do you need to do:

  1. Sign up and get a Twitter name – your own name is good
  2. Once signed up start looking for people to follow depending on your area of business or work.
  3. Add in a smattering of humour like @stephenfry or @alandavies1 or your favourite comedian(ne). You can also find God, Jesus (although he does not twitter much perhaps because his Dad is on there too?), seminars and conferences.
  4. Start reading the tweets and adding more people to follow. Start Tweeting yourself. You will get some tweets that are just about drinking tea and going home now but if you follow what you are interested in then these will be few and far between.
  5. If you are following some one that you just feel is not right for you then un-follow them. Twitter is not set in stone – it is in cyberspace.

I have put together a category called Twitter, where I try and put all kinds of information on Twitter, problems, tools and help from around the web. I hope that this will be a usefull resource?

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