Friday, 7 August 2015

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a popular free social networking microblogging service that allows registered members to broadcast short posts called tweets which was founded by Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone in 2006.

Twitter members can broadcast tweets and follow other users' tweets by using multiple platforms and devices.

Tweets and replies to tweets can be sent by cell phone text message, desktop client or by posting at the website.

Tweets, which may include hyperlinks, are limited to 140 characters, due to the constraints of Twitter's Short Message Service (SMS) delivery system.

Because tweets can be delivered to followers in real time, they might seem like instant messages to the novice user.

But unlike IMs that disappear when the user closes the application, tweets are also posted on the Twitter website. They are permanent, they are searchable and they are public.

Anyone can search tweets on Twitter, whether they are a member or not.

Put minimally, Twitter is social messaging. With the ability to follow people and have followers, and the ability to have interacted with Twitter on your cell phone, Twitter has become the perfect social messaging tool.

Whether you are out on the town and want to coordinate with a group of people as to what hot spot to hit next, or keeping people informed of developments at a company-sponsored event, Twitter is a great tool for quickly communicating a message to a group of people.

Twitter has become a favorite target for social media marketing. This new form of getting the message out has been used effectively by Barak Obama during his Presidential campaign, and is used by everyone from magazines to movie stars as a quick way to connect with an audience.

It is many different things to many different people. It can be used by a family to keep in touch, or a company to coordinate business, or the media to keep people informed or a writer to build up a fan base.


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