Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 140 million active users as of 2012.
Don't overdo it with the updates. Keep them to a minimum to avoid annoying people. By sending too many messages in a day (or week or month), it runs the risk of individuals beginning to remove people from their list. Consider sending one message a day or setting up different groups, so as to target specific updates to those who are really interested in the messages sent. By setting up groups, personal messages will go to only those it is intended for as well.
O-M-G. The Library of Congress wants to archive my tweets and your tweets and every public tweet ever. I found out about it on Twitter this week, which will please Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, and he's here in the studio.
Twitter has said as far back as November 2008 that it would consider adding ads to search-result pages. More recently, though, executives have said that “traditional web banner advertising isn’t interesting to us,” and instead have said the ad model they will reveal will be “fascinating,” “non-traditional,” “really cool” and “amazing.” So specific! As of February, it was in the “test phase.”
Below every tweet that someone sends you there are three options; Favorites, Retweet and Reply.
By clicking on the Favorites link under a tweet, it will add that tweet to your Favorites list. You can see all your Favorites by going to your ‘Profile’ and clicking on the Favorites tab.
Twitter lends itself to cause and action. Every day, we are inspired by stories of people using Twitter to help make the world a better place in unexpected ways. Visit stories.twitter.com to learn more.
And with just a Tweet, millions of people learn about or show their support for positive initiatives that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Programs like Twitter Ads for Good offer a way for non-profit organizations to promote their efforts the same way as businesses can. As more community-centric organizations join the platform, citizens will increasingly engage with the efforts taking place to move their community forward. Follow @TwitterGood and @TwitterSF for more on these topics.
As we mentioned earlier, the 140 character limit stresses on the fact that Twitter was developed with the trend of texting in mind. If you want to tweet on the move, something which most of the tweeps or tweeple tend to do today, you can resort to your cell phone for the same. Basically, you can use Twitter apps, like Twitter for Android, Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Blackberry, to tweet while on the move. While a range of smartphones available today have inbuilt applications to facilitate social networking on the move, others provide the option of downloading these apps.
Twitter is now worth more than $5 billion – and climbing toward $10 billion on secondary markets
The name Twitter was inspired by Flickr, a photo-sharing service. Other names considered: FriendStalker and Dodgeball.
The dictionary definition of twitter is “a short burst of inconsequential information.”
A perfect name, said @Jack because “that’s exactly what the product was.”
At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called tweets. Each tweet is 140 characters in length, maximum.
Initially, there was no limit to message length. When it went public, the 140 character limit was adopted.
Why? Because 160 characters was the SMS carrier limit and the founders wanted to leave room for a username.
Ex-Googler Evan Williams had a startup called Odeo. It was going to be a podcasting platform. Evan asked his friend, another ex-Googler named Biz Stone, to join him. When Apple launched iTunes podcasting, and made Odeo's podcasting platform irrelevant, Evan and Biz and an Odeo employee named Jack Dorsey decided to create something called Twitter instead. Odeo's investors didn't like Twitter, and Evan did them a huge favor by buying back all their stock and making them whole.
Twitter was founded in San Francisco, but it's used by people in nearly every country in the world. The service is available in more than 20 languages, and we continue to add them.
Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.
At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place.