I signed up for Twitter this Summer after reading about it on ActiveRain. With only 140 characters and chatty conversations between people that seemed to know each other, I totally didn't get it.
As part of the social media webinar assignment, our homework was to log in Twitter and get our feet wet. I was ready to dive in.
First, here's a quick explanation from CommonCraft:
I started slowly by searching for and following real estate agents (including Missy Caulk from Ann Arbor and Teresa Boardman from St. Paul), real estate techies and local folks.
Gradually I started participating by "tweeting" (posting) some of my daily activities and people started following me (BTW, my Twitter ID is @MichiganMoves).
The more time I spent on Twitter, the more sucked in and addicted I became. I even found an application for my Blackberry (Twitterberry) as well as as another website where I could post status updates to multiple networking websites (Ping.fm).
Soon I built up a network of local "tweeps" and was ready to take Twitter and social networking to the next level...a "tweet up" (meeting face to face).