” Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.”
” Micro-blogging is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates (say, 140 characters or fewer) or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, digital audio or the web. /.../
” /.../The content of a micro-blog differs from a traditional blog in that it is typically more topical, smaller in aggregate file size (e.g. text, audio or video) but is the same in that people utilize it for both business and individual reasons. Many micro-blogs provide this short commentary on a person-to-person level, or share news about a company's products and services.”
Internet and world population Source: www.cybergeography.org
” /.../powerful, useful, addictive and fascinating” ” For the longest time, my readers kept nagging me to check out this thing called Twitter. I’d been avoiding it, because it sounded like yet another one of those trendy Internet time drains. E-mail, blogs, chat, RSS, Facebook. ... Who has time to tune in to yet another stream of Internet chatter? True, there’s nothing quite like Twitter. It’s a Web site where you can broadcast very short messages — 140 characters, max — to anyone who’s signed up to receive them. It’s like a cross between a blog and a chat room./.../
” /.../micro-blogging is a convergence of different communication evolution tracks. One is the ”distant communication 1x1” - roughly following a development of telegraph > telephone > telefax > email > mobile phone > instant messaging > direct messages through Twitter.”
” /.../ One other trace is ”news dissemination” through the centuries: the Marathon Runner or Horse Courier > the priest in the church on Sundays > newspapers > radio > tv > Internet > blogs > Twitter, where news can show up before even regular news services catch them. ”
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