Twitter is a brilliant source of traffic for your blog. It is a micro-blogging site where users answer the simply question “What are you doing now?” using 140 or less characters. As with most social networking communities, the way to benefit from a service like this is to interect with other Twitter users by “following” them. By following someone, you get to see their status updates on your twitter home page.
Suite of options make receiving Twits fun
Not only can you update from the web, but via text message (SMS) from your mobile phone, or from a variety of different applications built for your desktop. You can receive SMS alerts each time someone you are following writes a new twit, or receive updates in your instant messenger (IM) client. You can add your Twits to your Facebook or Myspace profile, and if you have your own blog, there are plugins that allow your blog posts and updates to appear on your Twitter timeline.
Simplicity the key to success
Signing up for an account is simple and quick. You can add your mobile and instant messenger details for notifications with a few minutes and begin to receive updates almost immediately.
Follow many to build your community
You can search for other users with similar interests to you. I have found writers and photographers recently who have very useful information on their websites through Twitter. It is also a place where late at night, you can find some hilarious updates especially if someone’s come home from a night out on the sauce. Too follow someone, you simply search for them and click on the Follow button. You can choose to get IM or SMS notifications of individual users, and can adapt your settings so that you don’t start getting SMS messages at 4am.
It’s not all about the traffic
It really isn’t. I find Twitter to be a very useful tool and have recommended it to clients of mine as a means of communicating amongst their own vertical communities or groups, especially with the SMS options enabled. You will however find that an increase in traffic to your site will result of your efforts to join the Twitter community.