Twitter in Plain English

If you’re late to Twitter, then this video creatively explains what the recent buzz is all about. In a quick two minutes, you’ll figure out the general idea behind Twitter and how to use it. And once you do, you can start to follow our Twitter stream right here. We also have a list of other cultural organizations on Twitter here. Worth a look perhaps.

The producer of this video, CommonCraft, hosts other videos along these lines on YouTube. Here are the most popular ones.

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  • First time I’ve commented here, despite being a regular reader.

    This Twitter video is nicely done but I don’t think it’s really what many of us use it for. The first comment people make is usually: ‘Why not just use the Facebook status feature?’ Very true.

    Twitter is great because it breaks down walls and makes it so easy to build a community of people you don’t know rather than just updates to ‘friends and family’.

    I mention because a lot of friends have signed up, let a couple of tweets and trailed off. They still don’t see the point of it.

    You provide a fantastic service. Keep it up!

  • Dan Colman says:


    I think you’re right. The great virtue of our Twitter feed is that it has let me get to know my readers quite a bit better, and it has helped me discover (through the readers) other people/organizations that share my interests. Twitter essentially helps you find ever changing/growing affinity groups on the fly. So you’re definitely right that the video simplifies things. But it’s also better than other clips I’ve found for the beginner.


  • Zgeptik says:

    Oh boy, this is like the early days of cell phones when I just didn’t understand why people needed to be connected 24/7 — even while grocery shopping.

    My first Twitter: Where am I? I am going to the powder room to relieve myself.

    Do people really need to know everything about your time?

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