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What are you doing?  This is the question that is on most of your friends and family’s minds.  If you’re familiar with Twitter, one of the fastest growing websites, those closest to you probably already know the answer. 

The Twitter site is free to the public and set up so that its members, “Twitterers”, can submit short messages detailing what they are doing.  The short entries, called “Tweets” are to be seen by a network chosen by the member and can only be up to 140 words in length.  The length of the messages make it possible to send multiple “Tweets” a day between you and your network.  Messages become more conversational this way and don’t take up too much time like an email or phone call might. 

Twitter is used by anyone who can use a computer or cell phone and has soon become a fixture in many peoples’ lives.  People use it for anything from keeping in close touch with coworkers, friends, family etc. to checking out the news in real time.  CNN was one of the first news sources to utilize Twitter and has since grown an enormous following.  President Elect Obama also used Twitter to keep the public abreast of what was happening during his campaign.

One Twitter user summed up the reason many people use the service in a New York Times article.  Tony Stubblebine said, “At some point I got so busy and self-absorbed that I stopped reading or writing personal emails.  I’d see my sister about once a month and ask, ?What’s up?’ only to find out, ?Not much.’  Now I have a much more detailed picture of her life.”

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What do you think of Twitter?

Is Twitter something you might consider using to stay in contact with family and friends?

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  • Berningerj By Berningerj

    I don't have a Twitter account, but I do use Facebook. I'm college age and it's a great way to keep up with people I went to high school with and my collegues and classmates.

  • jemappel By jemappel

    I've tried to use twitter, but I don't understand it yet. the "tweets" are too short for me to really know what people are saying. I'm a little slow to adopt these things, though...I'll probably figure it out one of these days.

  • AnAmericanHousewife By AnAmericanHousewife

    I've had a Twitter account for a long time now. I love it! Quick and easy you can always post a url if you want people to read more details.

  • pgarcia74 By pgarcia74

    Will have to research this a bit more. I don't use myspace or facebook but maybe this might be something worth looking into.

  • vhsurvey By vhsurvey

    Now that facebook has a "what are you doing" feature, I don't see as much need for twitter...

  • lynnkendo By lynnkendo

    Interesting, I will have to check it out more before I join the site. Went there and agree the entries are mighty short. I have been invited to join "My Face" by a family member but just have not gotten around to it as yet. Just got invited yesterday-lol.....

  • ayesha16 By ayesha16

    I think it is like facebook

  • wespeak2 By wespeak2

    Our organization is looking at the marketing possibilities of twittering. However, we don't know much about it yet. I have not used it but may look into it. Not sure if I'd have the time to know that much about others in the course of my day.

  • meowmix By meowmix

    It is totally out of my realm of comprehension. I don't know how to work it. No one ever replies to me so i must be doing something wrong.

  • swimmonkey2 By swimmonkey2

    I like facebook better!

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