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An information network

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, which may seem short but you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place. See it in action.

You don’t have to Tweet to get value from Twitter

You don’t have to build a web page to surf the web, and you don’t have to Tweet to enjoy Twitter. Whether you Tweet 100 times a day or never, you still have access to the voices and information surrounding all that interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve up-to-the-second information.

It’s not just people rambling on about some mundane topic.

Twitter does have its critics. Yes, there are millions of people now using it and many of them are publishing comments or remarks that will be of little or no interest to anyone other than their close friends. However, in amongst this vast resource of data you can find news of events as they happen from those on the scene or you can use search tools to find links, views or information about particular topics that can provide a quite different angle from traditional web search tools or media.

It can also provide an effective method of collating comments about a particular event or topic by asking contributors to include a ‘hashtag’ (like #ABCSchoolScience or #learnchat) or, even you are not directly involved, by simply displaying Tweets with a particular hashtag.

Twitter

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Using Twitter

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Searching with twitter

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