Microblogging is a relatively new phenomenon defined as “a form of blogging that lets you write brief text updates Twitter is currently one of the most popular microblogging platforms. Users interact with this system by either using a Web interface, IM agent or sending SMS updates. According to the Twitter FAQ, “Twitter is for staying in touch and keeping up with friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing.”
Twitter allows a user, A, to “follow” updates from other members who are added as “friends”. An individual who is not a friend of user A but “follows” her updates is known as a “follower”. Thus friendships can either be reciprocated or one-way. Members may choose to make their updates public or available only to friends. If user’s profile is made public, her updates appear in a “public timeline” of recent updates. Twitter updates have a limit of 140 characters. This is to allow them to be easily sent over mobile SMS systems. Twitter has since been coined a ‘micro blogging’ platform due to this reliance on short updates . The updates have to be plain text. You cannot embed HTML or any kind of control codes. The only exception to this rule is links.
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Twitter 101 By Don Martelli VP & Dir. of Digital Communications e: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @bigguyd Blog: prfinishline.blogspot.com Social Media Links: www.donmartelli.com 05.12.09