Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (SMS), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterific or Facebook.
Like most social networking sites, what you type or twitter can be public or private. You decide whose posts on Twitter that you would like to follow and you could be surprised at who wants to follow yours. According to a recent article, College Student Twitters His Way Out of Egyptian Jail, a simple one word message – -“Arrested”– sent out to a network of followers on Twitter resulted in freeing him from jail.
The New York Times calls Twitter “one of the fastest-growing phenomena on the Internet.” TIME Magazine says, “Twitter is on its way to becoming the next killer app,” and Newsweek noted that “Suddenly, it seems as though all the world’s a-twitter”, according to Twitter.
Twitter is only one of the growing number of networking sites and whether social or professional, they are a very effective means of communication! It is one more avenue available to increase your web presence and assist in your job search.