If you don't want to sign up for Twitter, don't ignore their search, which might the best place to find information across brands, cities, and up-to-the-minute news.

If you're new to Twitter, congratulations.  I've found it incredibly helpful since I started in late 2009.  First up, new twitter user: go get Tweetdeck.  Or Hootsuite.  Right now.  The Twitter website is lacking some basic functionality that both of those do a lot better.

Next, a starter's guide to those funny signs floating in the tiny Twitter messages:
  • Putting @ before someone's name is like "tagging" someone on Facebook.  So starting a post with @adamstober would specifically address me, making me more likely to see your post, even if I don't follow you.  Saying "adamstober" without the @ means I'll probably miss the message.
  • Using the # "hashtags." flags something to be found more easily in searches.  A public post that says "it's nice in Boston" would be searchable if someone just happens to search for Boston.  On the other hand, "it's nice out #Boston" gets grouped into public posts that are specifically about Boston.
NOTE 8/23/2010: It looks like Weebly lost my original article so this is an abridged, updated version of that posting.
 


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07/25/2010 11:03pm

Hola. You convinced me to get this TweetDeck. Yes, it is nicer than Twitter. Twitter's site just seems sad and primitive by comparison.

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