Finding and adding your friends on Twitter is pretty easy. Once you've set up your account, just go to the invite page to connect with your webmail services to invite friends or find the ones who are already on Twitter.

Before you start Tweeting -- that is, writing a 140-character message that answers the question. "What Are You Doing?" -- you may want to follow a few friends to get a feel for how people use Twitter. Once you've added your friends, you can see their friends to add them to your follow list, too.

Interested in everything that's being said about your favorite city? Simply IM or TXT from your mobile phone, "track NYC," to get real-time updates of everything that's being written by anyone about "NYC." You can meet new people this way and start following the ones whose Tweets you like best. When you've had your fill of "NYC" updates, simply IM or TXT "untrack NYC."

John Edwards' campaign was an early Twitter adopter. The candidate's team used the service to galvanize support and update followers on where the candidate was headed next. Clinton and Obama have also used the service.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is one of many civil service agencies to use Twitter to update followers on emergency situations.

Add gcal as your friend, and then grant Twittercal access to your Google Calendar. After authorization, it's as simple as using Twitter from the Web, IM, TXT, or any of the many desktop Twitter clients, to send direct messages to your Google Calendar to add events.

If you need more than a calendar to keep your life on track, try subscribing to IWantSandy, an online personal assistant that creates calendar events and to-do-lists at your command. Just as with gcal, sending direct messages to Sandy will update your schedule. And in the morning, Sandy will e-mail your laundry list of items for the day.

With Twitter, you never have to visit Facebook to update your status. Just allow Facebook permission to follow your Tweets, and voila, all of your Facebook friends will know what you're doing.

Set up your blog's RSS Feed through TwitterFeed, a service for feeding your blog to Twitter. Blog readers who are also on Twitter can keep up-to-date with your latest posts just by following you.

The New York Times, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, and several other mainstream news services are all Twittering the news. All you have to do is find them and follow them, and you're reading the latest breaking headlines on IM, the Web, or even your mobile phone.

10 Things You Can Do With Twitter

Finding and adding your friends on Twitter is pretty easy. Once you've set up your account, just go to the invite page to connect with your webmail services to invite friends or find the ones who are already on Twitter.

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