The Twitter Home page asks the question, "What's happening?" Each answer to that question is considered a Twitter status update, generally referred to as a "tweet." Each update must be 140 characters or less. After signing up, just type your first tweet in the update box. Notice that the entry box counts the total number of characters that you typed. Click the update button to complete posting the tweet.
140 characters is the maximum length of text messages sent using SMS. Twitter integrates well with mobile devices. To tweet from your phone, send a text to “40404”. Also, the hundred and 40 character limit encourages rapid sharing, it is easier than writing a blog post for instance. The true maximum payload of SMS can actually be 160 characters, but twitter reserves 20 characters so you could put in the username for @replies.
If you created your account on the web site, just sign in and type your message.
People tweet everything on twitter. It is up to you to decide what types of messages you want to send to your followers. Peple send everything from the most mundane updates (what they are having for lunch) to the most personal (giving birth!). You are free to share random thoughts, post links, report where you are, or what you are eating. However, the people who get the most out of twitter use it as a conversational medium. Therefore, they rarely posts things that they will be of interest to their followers, spurring or fostering conversation. The best twitterers are like party hosts. Introducing and facilitating conversation between other people.
People like to share. Companies, news agencies, celebrities, and even the President have information to share! They use Twitter for fun, but also to share important information. Twitter is a way for companies, celebrities and other organizations to communicate with people.
It depends on your objectives. Impromptu conversations with friends can be spontaneous but remember that your tweets are public and future employers or clients may be reading along. Regardless, you should always try to be grammatically correct and avoid spelling errors. Some abbreviations will be unavoidable due to the hundred and 40 character format. Between something that you hope will be re-tweeted to get shorter so that people can add their own commentary.
You can only delete your own tweets. However, you can unfollow or block users whose tweets you do not want to see. If you have second thoughts, about posting something you can easily remove it. When you hover over your update, on your home or profile page, you'll see a trash can icon at the end of the text. Click the trash can icon to delete your tweet.
No, HTML is removed for consistency and security. Twitter will automatically shorten links if they are longer than 30 characters, it will be converted to a shorter URL.
You can only view your historical tweaks up to a certain point. There plans to eventually build something that will let you see all of your tweets, but right now you can only see the 3,200 most recent.
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