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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