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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

August 6, 2009

Filed under: Social Media

Twitter is the latest free social-networking and micro-blogging craze that enables its users to send and read messages in up to140 characters. It is based on a very simple question: What are you doing? 

With more than 37 million people a month visiting  it’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and let them know what you’re up to and where you are. Many businesses use Twitter to broadcast their company’s latest news and blog posts, interact with their customers, or to enable easy internal group Communication.

According to  Hollywood heartthrob Ashton Kutcher has a staggering 3 million followers in just 7 months. Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, CNN Breaking News, Oprah Winfrey and Barrack Obama feature well, too.

There is now a slew of Twitter-friendly applications to enrich your Twitter experience and it keeps growing by the day! According to  “Twitter applications can be called by different names. They are sometimes called "twitter tools", "twitter add-ons" and the likes. But whatever the name they are called, they are simply websites which have built-in scripts that complement Twitter.”  Squidoo has listed 275 Twitter applications which you can read about by clicking here. Also watch a YouTube video on how you can get started on Twitter.

Here is a quick review of some of nifty Twitter apps: 
Tweetbeep provided by Twitter lets you know whenever someone else tweets about you or about your blog. Much like Google Alerts for Twitter, it provides hourly alerts whenever a stranger or a friend of yours mentions your name in his posts and conversation.
Great way to share your photos on Twitter. You can log into Twitpic using your Twitter username and password. Upload your picture(s), include text and your tweet will go out with a link to the image. How cool is that?
TweetLater allows you to schedule your Tweets over time.  This would be good for Tweets where you are not necessarily trying to interact with others such as market updates or news bites. TweetLater will also send you an email with your replies and messages so you can respond quickly and appropriately.
Tweetworks is designed to make micro-blogging more useful for people and businesses. It is based on the simple premise that people like to talk about stuff with other people. And it is the stuff (ideas, questions, politics, sports, arts and so on) that brings people together and around which they form community.

You can create and participate in groups, public or private. Plus the conversations you have in the groups are threaded so you can follow the discussion AND you can choose whether or not your conversations get pushed out to your twitter stream for all your followers to see.

So the question is: What are you doing?

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