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Twitter™ for Dummies® by Michael Gruen, Leslie Poston, Laura Fitton

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Chapter 8. Twitter Minus Twitter.com

In This Chapter

  • Taking Twitter on the go

  • Sending your tweets through e-mail and to RSS

  • Using third-party Twitter applications

  • Sharing tweets on social networks and blogs

  • Tweeting even when you're unavailable by using auto-tweets

You can easily get attached to Twitter simply because once you really get started, you're bound to discover many interesting and useful things it can do for you. You can literally take Twitter — and the information, ideas, and friends you connect with on Twitter — everywhere. Mobile applications and text messages give on-the-go users the ability to update their timeline and access their network. E-mail and RSS feeds also allow you to pipe your Twitter stream into your favorite RSS reader or e-mail, or onto your mobile device. Because the Twitter platform is so flexible, you can almost do everything you want with Twitter without needing to visit Twitter.com.

Look around the Web, and you'll see Twitter has become a staple on popular social-networking sites and a standard sidebar feature on many blogs. Because of the many ways that users can access and share Twitter on the Web, you can discover it in all sorts of useful places, from tweets about specific neighborhoods on RentWiki (www.rentwiki.com) to live widgets on major media sites like ABC.com during President Obama's 2009 State of the Union address.

In this chapter, we show you how you can use Twitter without having to browse to Twitter.com. When you realize how you can access ...

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