When I first heard about the then new social networking phenomenon ‘twitter’ a few years back, the first hurdle I had to overcome was the name. Twitter? So do you twitter people? No you tweet them. Of course, I thought although the whole thing sounded completely confusing. I decided to join up anyway and gave myself a fancy twitter name ‘Real Marie Blake’ – well if celebrities can, why can’t I? I then wrote a few words about myself on my bio…. Note to self must be witty and intelligent (Although I think I seriously failed to be either of those things) I was on the twittering and tweeting world. Yes, I was a little white egg with a blue back ground…. Mainly because I had no idea how to change my profile picture let alone make a ‘tweet.’ In time I started getting the hang of it and even started using ‘hashtags.’
So what is twitter, tweeting and hashtags? Twitter actually has nothing to do with birds, not at all. In short it’s a social media platform to promote you, your business, connect with other people who share the same interests all over the world or stalk every member of the Kardashian family… which I of course never do. (much). If you make a tweet (or in facebook language write a status) on twitter everyone can see it, for example – ‘I really love chocolate biscuits.’ Your followers would read but seldom people would care. HOWEVER if you tweet ‘I really love chocolate biscuits’ followed by a hashtag #biscuits #chocolate etc etc ….. Other people would ‘connect with you and potentially ‘follow’ you.
Before you call the police, let’s talk about following. ‘Following’ is not literally people walking around behind you in life, which is different, and very wrong. Following on twitter is essentially a person who is interested in what you have to say, digitally book marking you so they can see your updates. One of the main pros of twitter is the amount of celebrities on there, when you are as devoted to pop culture as I am it becomes very exciting, looking at twitter rows between celebrities and also the random tweets in rage before their agent gets the chance to advise them against it! Hash tags are what connect you to all the other people on twitter. If I tweet #LittleBottleOfPinkShampoo it would connect me to everyone tweeting about that. If a hash tag gets a lot of tweets it then starts to ‘trend.’ The biggest ‘trend’ so far this year was #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik when the horrendous, world shaking news broke that Zayn had in fact called it a day and left one direction. The tweets of heart break were full of emotion (not to mention a bit of theatrics) but what connected all these tweets was the beautiful and heartfelt hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMailk *sad face*…..sniff.
So that’s the basics of twitter as well as the celebrity and social side of it, many employers post jobs there now so it’s always worth a look, don’t forget if you do approach a potential employer on there make sure your twitter page is appropriate, i.e no drunken pictures of you kissing your life size cardboard cutout of Zayn from One Direction #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik.