Brief bursts of information, so perfectly suited to our gotta-have-it-now mindset. You can find out what your friends, family or favorite celebrities are doing and keep the world updated on your status all within a minute or two!
You can access Twitter from the web using the official site or from any number of compatible programs such as Tweetdeck (one which allows you to filter your followers list to keep them better organized, a system at which the original Twitter fails.) You can access it from most smartphones, too, so you can always be kept up-to-date on what’s going on.
Twitter isn’t perfect, of course. The main Twitter site doesn’t offer filtering, so if you follow a large number of people or even just a few who tweet often, you can become overwhelmed by the content. It’s not instinctive to use, either – new users often don’t realize they can access their “@” replies – the messages meant for them specifically from other users who’ve added the @ symbol in front of their usernames– by clicking on a link on your homepage. And while Twitter does provide a direct message service that allows you to communicate with someone privately, it’s also limited to 140 characters and can only be used with people who are following one another, so that message you’d really like Ashton Kutcher to see but nobody else can’t be sent unless he’s following you.
In the end, what’s important about deciding if opening a Twitter account is right for you is the simple question: would you enjoy telling the world what you had for breakfast, and do you care to read about what other people are eating, doing, thinking and feeling? If none of that seems important, Twitter’s a social networking tool that’s better left alone.
But if you enjoy interacting with people all around the world, keeping up with trending topics and discovering new information about people you know or wish you knew, Twitter is one of the easiest, quickest and least complicated ways to make that happen.
Good luck, and happy tweeting!