Why Use Twitter? Ways for Beginners to Get Started

Microblogging and job hunting make this list, plus more

"What is Twitter?" and "Why should I use it?" are among the most popular questions the unconverted have about the social networking site. With text messaging, various social networking sites, and blog spots, why is Twitter useful?

There are several excellent business uses for Twitter, like sending out news briefs or advertising the latest job opening. But believe it or not, there are even more personal benefits of Twitter. 

Microblogging

Many people forget Twitter's original use as a micro-blogging platform. And it is still one of the best benefits. It's easy to make a quick tweet telling the world what you are doing, how good your morning coffee tastes, or how bad your lunch went.

Twitter logo on a laptop
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Quick Answers

The idea of crowdsourcing has never been so quick! You can ask all sorts of questions to the Twitter universe, from Alaska's capital to opinions of a particular brand of baby food. And the more friends you have, the more detailed answers you will receive.

There are even web services set up to take advantage of this feature, so if you don't have many followers, don't worry. You can still get your question answered by tweeting to @answers.

Finding a Job

Whether you just got laid off or sick of your current job, Twitter can help you get a new job. Not only can you announce to the world that you are looking for employment, but many companies post their job openings on Twitter as well. 

Keeping up With the News

From newspapers to magazines to TV stations and cable news, it seems everyone is adopting Twitter as the coolest thing since sliced bread. The coolest part is that Twitter is a great way to keep track of the news.

Want to keep up with the news, but don't want to clutter up Twitter? You can use a Twitter client like TweetDeck. And the neat thing about TweetDeck is that it is available for the iPhone too.

Arrange a Lunch With Friends

Twitter can be handy for arranging a time and place to get together. It's like a conference call with text messaging. So, if you have a regular lunch date with a group of people or want to arrange a get-together, Twitter can be a great way to nail down a time and place that works for everyone.

Like following the news, it can be handy to have your friends in their group if you have many followers.

Letting It out 

We've all had one of those days. Whether it was someone pulling in front of us in traffic or getting served the wrong type of coffee, these little things can sometimes put us in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

The sage advice is to let it out, but to whom? It's probably not smart to vent to your boss. That's where Twitter can be beneficial because it lets you rage to millions of people. And you might get some sympathy tweets out of it too.

Just remember to watch the language.

Keep up With Your Favorite Team 

Twitter's search feature can be a great way to track trends or keep up with a particular subject. And if you are a fan of sports, it can be a great way to connect with the team. Not only are many sports players on Twitter, but you have the media and millions of fans to keep you updated on the latest and greatest.

Can't get to a TV when your favorite team is on? Just follow the tweets on Twitter. Not only will you get regular score updates, but you'll get some fun color commentary to go along with it.

Find out What People Think About the Latest Movie

Like keeping up with your favorite team, you can also use the search feature to check out what the buzz is on the latest release at the theaters. Sure, you could check what the critics have to say, but their opinion isn't always in line with what most people think of the film.

Twitter can be a great way to determine if the movie is a bomb or a hit, so you don't have to waste your money on a real dud.

Become Involved With Politics

President Trump became known for using Twitter, and other politicians are increasingly turning to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, too. Not only is this providing a great way for politicians to get the word out, but it is allowing them to stay connected to their constituents. What better way to tell your senator what you think about a critical vote than to send him or her a tweet?

But politics on Twitter goes far beyond just following politicians. The #metoo movement on Twitter spread virally in late 2017 as a movement against sexual harassment and assault. Before that, political movements like the 2009 Iran election crisis showed what a political force Twitter could be. It allowed Iranian citizens to break through the walls Iran hoped to keep up throughout the events and let people from around the world show their support by turning their profile pictures green.