I had never used twitter much until the last few days and I am getting quite into it. I think it is a great tool for the following reasons:
- Communicating with friends and colleagues. By using twitter, you can broadcast your activities to an interested audience, promoting activities such as blogging or speaking engagements.
- Adding interactivity to a blog or other online profile. Writing a blog post takes time, but updating your status is easy. By adding a status box to your blog will add more frequently updated content
- Updating status across multiple social networks (see below)
Some businesses including eBay are using twitter as a communication tool. I note however that eBay has less than 100 followers.
One of the reasons why I hadn’t used Twitter previously was that I thought that it would be too time consuming to publish regular updates. However I have discovered some shortcuts to automate some of the publishing.
Integration with Facebook and MySpace
Using the Facebook Twitter app, Facebook status and tweeks can be synced so that one will update the other. There is also a wordpress plugin for updating myspace status. This obviously means that you can use twitter to create a single status across all your social network profiles
Integrate with Blogs
Using a service such as twitterfeed, when you post to your blog a tweet will appear on your twitter feed. This is a great way of publicising your blog to people following your twitter feed.