Introduction: Developer’s Guide to Twitter

Let's explore why Twitter is important in the developer community.

Why Twitter is important

Twitter is optional yet incredibly important in the developer community. An academic survey concluded that developers use Twitter for awareness of new projects and practices, serendipitous and social learning, and building professional relationships.

We know that great projects and communities are organized on Twitter. But at the same time, great developers also do well without any Twitter presence whatsoever. Therefore, an enlightened empiricist might conclude that Twitter has zero bearings on developer success!

Twitter community

The truth is, whether you benefit from Twitter depends on the community you’re in and your natural affinity to the format. The #1 feature of any social network is the people already on it. Look at the leading figures in the language or framework or other developer communities you care about. Where are they most active? That’s probably where you should be.

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