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What is a Twitter, Anyway?


If you’re a technical neophyte, new to social media, new to the internet as a whole, or a few generations behind in consumer electronics, like myself, then you may have recently found yourself asking some or all of the following questions:

  • Who said that?
  • What are those symbols?
  • How does Twitter work, anyway?
  • And finally, what’s a retweet anyhow?

I’ll attempt to answer some of these questions for you now but in order to find out, we’ll have to hit the streets. But not just any streets, the information superhighway.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC), now nearly abandoned, was once a thriving communications channel. One such that the builders of the internet would have used to communicate. I’ll now direct your attention to an actual modern user of IRC and our subject at present, known only to her contemporaries as <@j_n>. <@j_n> is an internet veteran, or interneteran, and was kind enough to answer to our confused call for help.

What follows is a transcript of what just happened:

<@j_n> twitter is pretty straightforward. you can make posts, reply to posts, and re-post other people’s posts. privacy is account level, all yr posts are either public or avalable to a single list of other twitter users. instead of threads or channels there are hashtags (#whatever) that filter content by topic
<@j_n> also, users can “follow” other users, this is just subs
<@j_n> so they show up on yr main page
<@j_n> oh & the posts can be a max of 140 characters, b/c it was designed to work w sms

And there you have it, Twitter is fantastically intuitive. To read more about the Twitter visit here:

Next, I’ll continue endeavoring to answer current and pressing questions like, who liked that? What is a wall? How do I like™ something? And finally, what is a Facebook, anyway?


About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee,, Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.