Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging service with over 500 million users to communicate and stay connected with friends and followers.

Twitter messages, known as Tweets, are restricted to 140 characters, which have changed the way we communicate.  You can read, write and share information with people you wouldn’t normally email with, and have access to communities who share the same views as you.

Twitter for Business – the service let’s you share your businesses latest news, specials and future developments. Twitter let’s you connect, communicate and better engage with your customers. Feedback from customers can be instant, so take time in sharing your thoughts.

Some quick 2012 stats: 340 million tweets daily and over 1.6 billion search queries daily, and is one of the top 10 most visited websites on the Internet.

Signing up on Twitter is easy and it’s free. All you need to enter is your name, have an email account, which can be verified, and a password. Think about your Username / Handle, as it is an introduction to yourself or your business. Make your handle easy to remember.

As mentioned in the post, 6 Tips on Optimising Business Page Updates in Facebook, images / photos / videos should be used to better interact with people – ‘Followers’.

Following and Followers. Following someone on Twitter lets you subscribe to their Tweets (news / updates), vice-versa, if someone becomes a Follower.

Here’s a simple Twitter Cheat Sheet to get you started:

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