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Twitter Introduces New Follow Option with QR Codes

The famous 140-character social networking service has jumped on the QR code bandwagon.

Twitter’s implementation of QR codes comes as no surprise. Facebook, Snapchat and Kik have already proven the fact that messaging apps and QR codes go hand in hand.

What’s interesting is that these social media platforms are noticing that the interactive aspect of QR code scanning in general is an ongoing trend.

Thus, the application of QR technology is a great way to stay fresh and relevant by:

  • facilitating new ways to connect users with each other, and
  • offer more options like mobile purchasing and technical support.

These last two types of interaction, while not standard among messaging apps yet, are being used by WeChat and Facebook respectively.

Back on track, let’s see what Twitter’s got in store with their newly introduced QR codes.

How Twitter’s QR codes work

First off, Twitter’s QR codes can be accessed and scanned from the app itself. Whether you’ve got an iPhone or an Android based device, here’s how to do it:

Upon opening the app, go to your profile and click the gear or drop down menu icon.

Within the options displayed, you’ll find “QR Code”. Click that and…

Twitter's QR codes

You’re ready to have your code scanned by anyone who wants to follow you!

Now, if you want to follow back, simply click the “QR scanner” button. Place your mobile device’s camera over the code of the person you want to follow and presto!

For more information about Twitter’s QR codes, visit their official portal here.

Tweets and QRs

There are some who don’t understand the reasoning behind Twitter’s QR codes. Or QR codes for messaging apps, for that matter.

The thing is that the technology brought something entirely unique to the social media experience: interactivity.

This concept resonates with new demographics like millennials who are always on the lookout for the next big thing.

Although QR codes have been around for quite some time now, they are still considered new by many. More so considering the amount of possible uses they still have to offer.

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