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    Default Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    I've always thought Twitter was stupid.
    I didn't see the appeal of reading what someone ate for breakfast.

    Then recently, I read how my presumptions about Twitter may have been true to a small degree in its infancy, but no more.
    It's used by millions of people around the world.
    Also by countless news outlets, media companies, stores, NGOs...
    There is more substance to it now.

    So, I thought I'd give it a try with an open mind.
    Still new to it, so I find it slightly confusing.

    What's the purpose of hash tags?

    Is the purpose of tweeting to put your thoughts/opinions on the Internet like a solitary iceberg floating in the ocean, or to engage in discussion with others?
    If yes to discussion, how exactly do you do that?

    Is the best way to find interesting content by exploring recommendations, trial and error?

    Any explanations or suggestions imore community?
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    hashtags gives you the opportunity to read tweets that may be of similar interest. For example, if a lot of people are watching a NCAA final four game and posting their take on it, they may tweet their thoughts with the #NCAA and/or #FinalFour hashtag. If you're interested, you can select or search that specific hashtag and read like-minded tweets. Also, in my opinion, it is one of the best ways to find interesting tweets. I hope that made sense.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Yep, you're right. It's not about breakfast photos anymore. It's a real-time, connected network where you can get pretty much any type of interaction or content you desire. It's all about following the right people, brands, sports sources, or news sources. You'll get a personalized timeline based ok who or what you follow. Play around, search and follow your interests, and let us know what you think.

    I'm Jclisenby if you want to follow someone that has Apple and other varies interests. Let us know your username so we can check you out.


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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    hashtags gives you the opportunity to read tweets that may be of similar interest. For example, if a lot of people are watching a NCAA final four game and posting their take on it, they may tweet their thoughts with the #NCAA and/or #FinalFour hashtag. If you're interested, you can select or search that specific hashtag and read like-minded tweets. Also, in my opinion, it is one of the best ways to find interesting tweets. I hope that made sense.
    Thanks. I'll keep that in mind the next time I go exploring for content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyStarGazer View Post
    Thanks. I'll keep that in mind the next time I go exploring for content.
    You're very welcome. I have 2 Twitter accounts; one for tech stuff that I rarely check and the other for politically stuff which I check fairly often. Just know that you can also create specific lists. For instance, I have a list specifically for news & weather and one for the people whose tweets I enjoy reading most. I used to have a list of tweets from a few specific columnists and talk radio personalities. My point is this, find your niche and then make Twitter work for you....Take care and enjoy your day...
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    I've found that for local and international news, I get it on Twitter before my tv shows are even interrupted for special reports. I always keep Twitter open.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    I use Twitter for investment purposes.
    I get notifications each time the people I follow Tweet something.
    I only follow about 15 people. They are all professional investment individuals.
    I must say, that about 80% of what they Tweet is about investments.
    So for me, Twitter has been a great resource.

    Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alli View Post
    I've found that for local and international news, I get it on Twitter before my tv shows are even interrupted for special reports. I always keep Twitter open.
    Isn't that the truth? Heck, when law enforcement officials were tracking the ex-cop not long ago, there was a guy (firefighter, if I remember correctly) who was tweeting every little detail, most of which was never reported by the mainstream media, and the things that were, we were already aware of it.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    I had a similar incident here in West Sacramento when the power went out in the entire neighborhood early one morning. I couldn't find anything about it on the local PG&E or SMUD web sites, so I sent a tweet to the City Major, Christopher Cabaldon, (who I follow on Twitter) asking what he know about the outage and he replied within 15 minutes with an answer! how cool was that?

    I too have lists set up so I can quickly see and read through information - I like lists... good way to manage who you follow...
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    To the avid twitter users: do recommend the twitter app, tweetbot, or something else... Especially for managing lists?
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by bgl321 View Post
    To the avid twitter users: do recommend the twitter app, tweetbot, or something else... Especially for managing lists?
    Over on the iMore blog side of things there are lots of comparative reviews various twitter apps... I'm a casual/light Twitter user - and the web page and Twitter's "native" apps work fine for me.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by bgl321 View Post
    To the avid twitter users: do recommend the twitter app, tweetbot, or something else... Especially for managing lists?
    Tweetbot by far. It has more features and uses than any other Twitter app for iOS. The only thing that comes close is the Native iOS app from Twitter.


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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    I have tried and tried to use it and it just doesn't do anything for me. I have many friends that use it, too.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by bgl321 View Post
    To the avid twitter users: do recommend the twitter app, tweetbot, or something else... Especially for managing lists?
    Tweetbot by far.
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    Default Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    So a rundown, Twitter is my news source, from actors to musicians, bands to TV networks, political to technology to websites and bloggers. I rarely post anything myself unless asking a question, the Mobile Nations crew is great and replying back to questions.

    As far as apps go, I've used the native app, I've used echofon and I've used Twitterific. I love Twitterific now especially with push notifications so I was able to completely sever my tie with the native app.


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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Tweetbot for sure, tried twitterific 5 and cant break the habit of tweetbot...might give it another shot
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    So a rundown, Twitter is my news source, from actors to musicians, bands to TV networks, political to technology to websites and bloggers. I rarely post anything myself unless asking a question, the Mobile Nations crew is great and replying back to questions.
    Exactly that!

    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    As far as apps go, I've used the native app, I've used echofon and I've used Twitterific. I love Twitterific now especially with push notifications so I was able to completely sever my tie with the native app.


    Blazin' tappity tap tap 2 you!
    I haven't tried Twitterific since version 2 or so. Maybe now that they have push, it's worth looking back at it.
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alli View Post
    I haven't tried Twitterific since version 2 or so. Maybe now that they have push, it's worth looking back at it.
    according to the app details the push feature is in beta and only 1000 users will use it

    can anyone confirm if that is still the situation?
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    Default Re: Trying to have an open mind about Twitter.

    Quote Originally Posted by BLiNK View Post
    according to the app details the push feature is in beta and only 1000 users will use it

    can anyone confirm if that is still the situation?
    I can't, but they did tweet a few days ago to try it again if you hadn't been able to use it yet and I am now happily having push notifications.


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