Twitter is a relatively new addition to the world of social media, but despite only launching in July 2006 the ‘microblog’ now has over 271 million monthly active users.
It is quick and easy to make a twitter account on your smartphone, by downloading the app and registering with an email address. Each post or ‘tweet’ is limited to 140 characters, and by definition a tweet is suggested to be a “short burst of inconsequential information”.
For twitter newbies seeking inspiration, the search tool can be used to find existing users (including celebrities, politicians, writers) who can then be ‘followed’. This means you will receive their tweets directly to your timeline to read, where you have the option to ‘favourite’ or ‘retweet’ (share with your own followers) these posts.
The use of the hashtag encourages interaction with other tweeters who may have a similar interest, by categorizing your tweet. For example by adding #TheXFactor to the end of your X-Factor related tweet, other users will be able to see the opinion you have posted, and may choose to then favourite, retweet, follow you or even reply.