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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

What Is Twitter?

I signed up for Twitter a couple of months ago. I love it. I only have a few people that I follow and only two of them actually use Twitter.

We have it linked to our Facebook pages so that our Facebook status updates with our Tweets.

Whenever I mention Twitter, I am commonly asked "what is that?" which actually surprises me because a year ago, I was asking "What is twitter?" it's been around for awhile.

But it's hard to explain. I'll say "it's where I can post what I'm doing and it broadcasts to people who follow me". The person then looks at me like "Huh?" It still doesn't register because, it's an odd concept. And until you sign up and "do it", I don't think anyone will get it.

But I happened to come upon this explanation of "Twitter in Plain English" -- with a paper prototype!!! -- that I think hits the mark. It's from Common Craft and after watching this, I became a fan of them:

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