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Build Your Professional Profile & Network: Twitter

Tools and resources for building your professional profile online.

About Twitter

One of the largest social networks, Twitter allows you to connect with others, follow news and events as they happen, and learn about specific topics of interest.

This microblogging platform requires you to express your thoughts in 140 characters or less, making it quick and easy to keep up with what's going on!

Use this tool to . . .

  • get smarter about a variety of topics
  • keep up with trending news
  • follow people in your field
  • share quick bits information with others

How this tool works!

Set up a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/. Enter your name, email, and password to get started. You will be prompted to create a username, which you can change later if desired.

Once you've created your account, you will have the opportunity to identify areas you are interested in, and follow people or organizations related to that topic. You can also search for people that you know, or who you'd like to know, and follow them to keep up with what they're saying.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • One of the largest social networks
  • Bite-sized pieces of information
  • Customisable
  • Connects you to people across the globe in real time

Disadvantages

  • Must incorporate specific symbols for best use
  • Bite-sized pieces of information
  • Miscellaneous retweets from those you follow that may or may not be relevant
  • Information overload

Privacy

Unless designated otherwise, your tweets are automatically shared with the world - instantly. Keep this in mind as you prepare to send out a tweet!

Twitter collects information every time you use one of its services (website, SMS, app, email notification, etc) and reserves the right to transfer, manipulate, store, and do a variety of other things with it!