I may be late to this party, but as Don Botts @DonBotts share with me recently, it is easy to come up with 140 characters on Twitter. Not as easy with blogging. Both Don and fellow @CranstonPatch blogger Suzanne Arena @SuzanneArena64 tweet. For me, after a few months on Twitter, I've come to like it and I actively engaging in conversations with people who I’ve never met but share common interests with, something I wouldn’t normally do anywhere else.
Tip: What’s that @ symbol for? It proceeds everyone’s user name on Twitter, when you use @username on Twitter, that message is posted in public, and is directed to whose username appears after the @ sign.
As I’ve been actively engaging in conversations and sharing my modern day version of two cents @HkyDad30, every Friday I see thousands of people on Twitter using this phrase #FollowFriday or #FF to save space. In short, #FollowFriday is a way in which people suggest who to follow on Twitter. It helps everyone find interesting Twitter users. You list the users you recommend following and add “#FollowFriday” anywhere in the Tweet so others can find it.
Tip: The “#” is very important – don’t forget it! It’s a hash tag, a simple way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search for #Cranston, you'll get a list of tweets in which people included #Cranston. What you won't get are tweets that say "I lost my wallet in Cranston" because "Cranston" isn't preceded by the hash tag.
Unlike Facebook, where if a random stranger you've never met friends you, you might ignore it – not on Twitter, don't be afraid to follow whomever you want. In turn, check out whom other people are following and if you like their tweets, follow those people, too. Twitter is like mingling at a party, the more the merrier, just ask Anthony Gemma @AnthonyGemma who has 995k followers.
#FollowFriday got me thinking about who would I recommend following locally? There are Cranston Natives who are celebrities, like Elizabeth Hasselbeck @ehasselbeck, and Olivia Culpo @MissUSA, our Mayor @MayorFung, and even The Cranston Bear @CranstonBear2 and the Cranston Streaker @Weststreaker are tweeting.
I follow @RhodyWill for local sports coverage, and support the library @CranstonLibrary, I like my news close to-home from @RhodyBeat. I’m still eating from the Farm @Confreda, and making my own peanut butter @WFMCranston in @GardenCityCtr. And, I recommend breakfast at @tsresturantri, and supporting the local arts by following @ArtistsExchange and @ParkTheaterRI.
Now gedouttahere and go follow these great Craannnstun Tweeters and follow a lot of people back also (it’s the polite thing to do) and improves the Twitter experience.
If you know of more Cranston Tweeters Leave a Comment below, but Nawt Fuh Nut’in this should be enough to get Twitter newbies started, and Twitter veterans a local experience. Good luck and have fun!