I know someone who thinks Twitter has nothing to do with the Internet, that it’s a texting thing; someone else who thinks you’re automatically alerted if you receive a tweet.
What is Twitter anyway? Remember when we were kids in school passing quick little notes back and forth? Well, that’s Twitter done on the Internet. Signing up is easy:
- Go to the Internet and type twitter.com into your browser
- Click Sign Up in the bright yellow box
- Fill in the information – Twitter will let you know if “user name” is taken
- Click Create my account – that’s it
Talking back and forth isn’t all you can do with Twitter. You can follow educational people, scientists or celebrities. Once you’re on Twitter, click Find People at the top, and take your pick.
If you want to access Twitter on your mobile phone, try this: open Twitter in your web browser, click Settings, and then click Mobile. Follow the instructions to pair your phone with your Twitter account. Once you’ve done that, any text message you send to 40404 becomes a tweet.
You can receive tweets, through SMS, from certain people you follow. Thing is, it can cost you, and the interruptions can be annoying. The best way is to find a Twitter app for your phone from one of the major platforms: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, WebOS, or Windows Mobile. They let you tweet, retweet, send direct messages, etc. Many of them are free, some cost a few bucks.
And you have been waiting all this time. I bet some of you are leaving me already to sign up.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full