- Create micro-blogs to tell the world what you are up to
- Choose what friends you want to follow
- Share updates on your cell phone or mobile device
What is Twitter?
What would you get if you took a blog, an instant messenger, and a social network and mixed them all together in a blender? Probably something like Twitter. A mini-blogging service that lets you update your friends on what you are doing at that moment, Twitter was launched in late 2006 and had explosive growth in 2007.
Twitter allows blog posts of only 140 characters, which is just large enough for a sentence, or two if they are short. These messages are then sent out -- via web or mobile phone -- where your friends can find them.
Why Should I Use Twitter?
There's no spectacular or compelling reason to use Twitter other than it is great fun and highly addictive. It's an excellent way to keep tabs on your friends and share little bits of your daily life. It's also a good way to fight off boredom.
One of the many ways people put Twitter to good use is updating a group of friends while out on the town. It can be a great way to let a group of people know what's happening and where it is happening at.