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You’ve probably heard about Twitter, as users of the service like Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross and what feels like everyone at the BBC keep banging on about how brilliant it is – thus exciting twitter users and boring the pants off people who don’t use it.
A common reaction to this by non-Twitter users is to either give it a go and find out what it’s like, or pledge to never touch it.
We’d like to persuade you that it’s worth a go.
We’ve been using it for a while and it’s part of our day-to-day.
Just in case you’ve missed what it’s about, here’s the VentnorBlog guide to Twitter.
What the heck is Twitter?
Twitter is a way of typing short messages, having people read them and if they feel the urge, comment on them.
It’s like SMS/Texting, but done to a group of people, through the Internet.
If you’re a Facebook user, it’s like your Status Updates.
The messages are limited to 140 characters, which can be a challenge to write if you’ve got a lot to say, but has the advantage of making them really quick and easy to read.
Once you’ve been using Twitter for a while, you’ll get to understand that Twitter is actually a social network, like FaceBook or MySpace, but a much looser one. (It’s more about what you’ve got to say rather than how much junk you can collect around yourself)
One thing is for certain, you won’t understand Twitter without using it and by using it, we mean giving it a darn good go.
What do people write about?
The variety of messages – or Tweets as they’re known – are as varied as the people who use Twitter.
Of course there are Tweets about people cleaning their teeth, but there are also lots about far deeper subjects.
If you’ve got an interest, it’s highly likely that you’ll find some people Tweeting about it. As Twitter has such an open philosophy, those people are highly likely to be happy to chat on Twitter with you about them too.
Next, How to sign up for Twitter.