Thursday 12 March 2009

A beginner's guide to Twitter

It may be the latest thing on the internet, but at heart, Twitter is just a good old-fashioned gossip. Here's how to get started.

What is Twitter? At its simplest, Twitter is a mini-blog where you record your thoughts or what you are up to in 140 characters or less. The enforced brevity of the service keeps the chat pithy; users often highlight favourite stories on the web, post pictures or talk about news or TV shows.

How do I sign up? Simply go to and sign up. It is an easy-to-use, free service.

How many people use it? Analysts estimate that there are 1.2 million active users, posting more than 2.25 million tweets every day. It is particularly popular in the UK (there are more Twitterers in London than any other city in the world).

To read Mike Harvey's 5 Twitter Tips, please click HERE

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