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Did you know you can get TreeHugger headlines on Twitter? You can! Follow @TH_RSS to have all TreeHugger headlines come to you via Twitter. This means you'll be seeing new stories posted to Twitter without having to leave the warmth and comfort of your Twitter world! Until we figure out a way to beam the latest in modern green news directly into your brain, this is the best way to stay up-to-date with everything green.
If you don't know what Twitter is or don't know how to take advantage of this, scroll down for a quick tutorial. For everyone already hip to Twitter, click through for more on the new @TH_RSS Twitter feed.
If you're already on Twitter and following our main account @TreeHugger, you may be wondering how @TH_RSS will differ. While we already post a few headlines on our @TreeHugger Twitter account, we mainly use that for ReTweeting the interesting things our readers and fellow bloggers tweet, as well as to answer questions, solicit your advice for articles we are writing and chat with readers about everything else we're interested in. Twitter is a great way to share links or ideas that may not be worth a full blog post, but are still worth checking out. So if that interests you, be sure to follow @TreeHugger and @PlanetGreen. There's more happening there, but if you'd like to get all of our headlines in an easy to digest Headline: Link format, follow @TH_RSS for headlines as they are published.
Here's how the @TH_RSS page looks. Mmmm! Delicious headlines and so easy to digest!
Image via Chris Tackett
New to Twitter? Here's a quick tutorial:
If this all sounds foreign to you, and you don't know the difference between a Tweet or an @reply, don't feel bad! I wrote some tips for getting started on Twitter here and pulled in some resources from other sites as well to help explain how Twitter works.
Why Join Twitter?
So now that you've learned what Twitter is, why should you care? First, I think it's always good to stay tuned-in to how media and information-sharing evolves. And Twitter is definitely changing both of those things...very fast. The social networking site has had incredible growth of 1,382% since this time last year. A bubble that big could certainly burst, but Twitter offers so much it's worth checking out even if just to see what all the fuss is about and see if it helps you. Twitter has been growing for 3 years, but it's really blown up in the past 12 months and reached an incredible peak over the past month or so, which means it's not too late for you to join and benefit from what the service offers.
I think Twitter is really interesting for the simplicity of it's form and for the myriad ways it can be put to use. At it's simplest, Twitter is a way to share information with others. It prompts you with the question "what are you doing?" and you can type in whatever you want. But thankfully people have expanded upon that prompt and used it for other ways, including these examples we've covered here on TreeHugger, such as turning off their home lights with Twitter, raising money for charities, and monitoring home power usage with the Tweet-a-Watt, just to name a few.
As you can see from those examples, Twitter is remarkably different than email or newsletters and not exactly the same as instant messaging or chatting with friends via text message. And it's also pretty cool that it can change and be used in new ways. For now, we'll be using @TreeHugger and @PlanetGreen as I described above to share info, spread good news, enlist your help for stories, hear your complaints and tips and help push sustainability mainstream. And now, by following @TH_RSS you can see the stories from this site within Twitter and share them with your followers even easier.
If you are using Twitter and want us to follow you, add your @name in the comments below. And if you have a neat idea for how you like to use Twitter or want us to use it, please don't hesitate to add that, as well.
More on Twitter
TreeHugger Tips: Max Gladwell on using Twitter's GreenStream
TreeHugger is on Twitter: Here are Tips To Get You Started Too!
I'm Twittering Over Water In Jerusalem
Using Twitter to Remote Control Your Home's Lights
Take Part in a Twestival (Twitter Festival) for Charity:Water