What is Twitter?

You can now follow PWRS Porter on Twitter, look for PWRS_Porter.

For those who are unaware of what Twitter is, or who have heard of it, but are not really sure what it is. It is a free service, that can be used on the Twiter.com website, on a variety of desktop client applications and on smartphones and tablets. These include cellphones like the iPhone, Android based phones like the HTC EVO and Droid and Blackberry phones. It can also be used on tablet devices such as the iPad, Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom. Posts on Twitter are called Tweets and are limited to 140 characters each.

Think of Twitter like a train station status indicator, but with more features. Friends and family can use it as a communications tool and post updates when traveling or going places. For instance, if you are going on a trip, you can post when you are on the train. You can post where to meet friends and family and what is happening where you are.

We will use Twitter to post new product announcements, sales and special events. But we will also tweet and re-tweet items of interest. We are following a number of model railroad and railroad related Twitter users too. And you can see who we follow, and what they post. Following people and looking at who they follow is a great way to connect with new people and find new sources of information.

Twitter allows for two way communications too. Users can direct message other users and/or publicly reply to their Tweets. This allows for suggestions, comments and follow ups. Links to websites and pictures can also be sent via Twitter. Links can be very long, so services such as bit.ly are used to make shorter Twitter friendly versions.

You can also search by topics of interest with something called a hash tag. Hash tags are simply words or phrases that are marked with a # sign. For instance, we use #HOscale, #Nscale, #Oscale, #Zscale and #ALLscale to denote what scale a Tweet is related to. Manufacturers can also be noted this way, for instance Walthers would be #Walthers.

If this sounds a bit confusing to you right now, don’t worry. It is easier than it sounds and most people quickly pick up how to use it. We know it is not going to be for everyone, but for those who do use it, it is another way for us to connect.

So, if you would like to follow me, click on the button below:

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