Twitter is a microblogging web application , which uses an instant messaging system. Users can communicate via short messages, with a maximum of 140 characters . These short texts issued are called ” tweets “, which is pronounced “tweets” in Spanish.In addition, it is a social network. Therefore, the messages that are published can receive reactions and responses, and you can have “ followers ”, which are the equivalent of Facebook “friends” and YouTube “subscribers”.When a user chooses to follow an account (it can be a celebrity, an influential person or someone with whom they share interests), the tweets from this account will arrive as notifications to the follower, to find out the texts that are published. They will appear in reverse chronological order on the main page.

What is Twitter for?

Twitter is a social network that offers a quick way of communication for anyone with an internet connection and a device for it. It is possible to exchange information in real time and between all users, without impeding distances.

More than that, Twitter serves to:

  • Meet people and create a network of contacts
  • Exchange of information
  • Receive news
  • Be used as an advertising medium
  • Have a means of expression

Meet people and create a network of contacts

The main quality of Twitter is that users can meet without restrictions , and establish contact with people who have interests similar to their own.

It is very easy for a fan of an art, sport, science or hobby to start following prominent personalities in the environment . It is possible to be attentive to the news that they share through their tweets, and the interaction through private messages.

There is no longer any impediment for those who want to learn from the most outstanding meet with them in this virtual way, and in real time.

When the user follows several influential accounts, the respective tweets will appear on their main page , in the order in which they were published, when accessing the account itself. The most recent will be on view.

The user will be able to manage the contacts that he has generated, and can group them to create a more solid learning structure, addressing comments, news and updates, all in real time.

Exchange of information

The Twitter text box supports up to 140 characters.

With Twitter you can maintain communication with relatives or friends, using the messaging service (tweets or chat), sending information in two possible ways:

  • As a short text that does not exceed 140 regulatory characters
  • As a link to a page or article that contains the data

This sending and receiving of information can be done through the computer or mobile devices, such as laptops, notebooks, tablets or smartphones.

Receive news

Companies such as television stations, radio broadcasters, newscasts, newspapers and public institutions publish news through Twitter.

This news can be reports on natural disasters, official regulations, cultural, sporting, artistic or entertainment events.

In the same way, users can communicate about local events, or the traffic situation in a certain area of ​​the city. This is a great advantage for those who use this social network to find out quickly.

It is common that, regarding the tweets that are shared, comments of all kinds are made, generating either a controversy or greater visibility for the news delivered. This feeds the subjects of interest of the general public and forms a predominant criterion, not always correct.

Be used as an advertising medium

Twitter works as an effective advertising medium for the products and services offered by countless companies, since they rely on tweets to get noticed among their consumers and potential customers.

Have a means of expression

Through this social network, numerous social, cultural, religious, political and other movements can express their ideas and tendencies among their groups of friends or followers. You can simultaneously make unlimited contributions in comments regarding each uploaded message.

Regarding its role in social movements, it stands out that in countries of the Middle East and Africa it has had an impact on the coordination of protests .

The social network as a means of expressing opinions can be a double-edged sword. It is necessary to put as a case the times in which some person or group distributes erroneous or false information to incite violence and panic. Cases like this occur extremely frequently and at massive levels.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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