Sunday, March 01, 2009

Tweeting about Twitter: the late winter stuffy edition

I am what you'd call a 'user' of Twitter, but just so we are all on the same page, I use it a lot. I like Twitter. For some reason, at this point in my life, I love exploring the world of social media. I have a account (almost never us it). I was a member of the cre8buzz universe, which is now defunct, and I'm thrilled that there is a facebook app for my iPhone.

Twitter is fun. Twitter is more then a website but a service for communicating in a public way. Each message is 140 character long at most and called a tweet. I didn't invent the name, I'm just telling you what it is.

Earlier this week, the upper Midwest suffered through the single greatest snow storm of all time a snow storm that all the news outlets in this area had promoted like the opening of Al Capone's vault. We truly were lead to believe that this was the beginning of the end. 

I won't deny that I had a blast with this one. Two of the local weather people have Twitter accounts and I had gone so far as to declare that the more they promote a storm, the more likely it is to just fizzle. This storm was a colossal fizzzz.

During the storm, there were many of us writing grand sounding tweets of the mildly interesting storm descending on our areas. To identify the tweets, people were using the hash tag #snowmageddon.

There it is! The basis of all the trouble. People were asking me in several messages just what the heck the '#' was doing in the tweets. Well, they are called 'hash tags' and are used to identify messages with a common theme. There are many secondary services that use these to do all kinds of interesting things. The easiest one to start with is Twitter search.

My head is throbbing and I am not sure where this is going. I'm asking you, my reader(s), for a little help. I'm coming down with a nasty cold and have been trying to figure what people would really like to learn about Twitter. I hate colds. So, what do you want to know about? It's comment time...light it up!

I'll be over here, hitting up the medicine cabinet and wondering how cool it would to go through life not allergic to oranges. *sigh.


terri said...

I have a twitter account and rarely use it. In fact, several times, you have sent an @reply to me when I have actually bothered to update mine. I hate that I don't know that you've done that unless I click on the @reply link. Is there a way to set up notifications for that? Or notifications for when particular twitter users have updated?

peacecorn said...

Our Invisible Twitter Pal (ITP) just wrote about this:

Have fun in eh vegas! I'll be looking for updates!

Randy said...

w00t! Thanks for the props. ;) Just wait for the next'll be bigger and badder than every winter storm in the 1970s.

#snowmageddon was fun...and now there is #snOMG

WeaselMomma said...

I still just don't get the point (or even the definition of a hash tag). I just don't get it.

Noob Mommy said...

I'm still pretty new to Twitter, and many days I wonder why the heck I'm bothering to update the trivialities of my day-to-day. But thankfully, OhCaptain is always gracious to respond to my tweets and keep me company!

Mike said...

Not a twitter fan. I think I talk too much and being reduced to 140 characters is too limiting. I need my creative freedom to blab on and on and on and on....