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August 23, 2009 4:53pm CST
It appears i have been living under a rock for awhile now as I haven't heard of twitter until recently. I checked out the web page and I'm slightly confused. You just follow peoples activities? Is there more to the site that I am missing? I have heard people talking and posting about not only the fun they have on twitter but also the extra cash they make via twitter. Was wondering if anyone can give me some insight to this. I felt at first twitter was kind of a teenagers website but think I may be wrong about that. Is it similar to myspace or facebook?
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24 Aug 09
Just like anything else, there are also spammers on Twitter. As long as you follow the same rules as you would for any other site (if it looks too good to be true, it probably is), you'll be all right on that point. You have 140 characters you can write in order to make your point. It can be anything, including spam. You check out folks that you may have interests in common with and you "follow" them. This means you can view their streams of thought, so to speak. From the generic, "I'm so tired, I think I'll take a nap." or spamming "Get 10,000 followers in 10 days." or the ones trying to showcase products, "Just listed this cute vintage flapper dress. Check out the link." After you get a feel for things, you may want to find an app in order to keep track of who's following/unfollowing you. Some folks are just doing it for numbers. They'll follow you, wait for you to follow back, then unfollow you so they can make their numbers look good, as though they have a true following, as though anyone actually pays attention to their spam. I use www.dossy.org/twitter/karma to cut those folks loose. It's very helpful to do this when you have a limit - in other words, you can only follow so many people at one time, until your follower numbers "catch up" so to speak. You understand this more and more once you've had a Twitter account for a bit. You may or may not choose to have personalized "Thank you for following me." message. I only do that nowadays for folks I have something in common with, for the most part. I realize this information may seem overwhelming. My advice to you at this point is to simply sign up, follow a bunch of folks and just watch things unfold. You'll figure out who's a spammer and who's not soon enough and you'll be able to identify those types of folks later on and weed them out. Good luck.