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									Twitter is ranked as one of the 50 most popular websites worldwide.
Although estimates of the number of daily users vary because the company
does not release the number of active accounts, a February 2009 Blog
entry ranked twitter as the third most used social network. Twitter is
without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening
right now. Twitter is being paid by partners including google, bing and
yahoo for access to its firehose of updates.

Twitter makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new
service that lets you send 140-character updates to your "followers," and
you think, why does the world need this, exactly? It's not as if we were
all sitting around four years ago scratching our heads and saying, "if
only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my
50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast
cereal".

Twitter is good at gossip, promoting people's interest, and entertaining,
but it is also good in some news-related fields. It isn't journalism, but
it is good in transporting eyewitness pictures and live tweets, as it is
in providing links to sites of interest. During the iran election it even
gave access to communication under a suppressive regime. But there are
some shortcomings. It is hard to disentangle the truth from the rumour on
twitter, and to decide what is real information and what is even
misinformation posted there on purpose.

Its filters are not really built to manage the scale of information, but
maybe lists might be a way of focusing discussions. There are some moral
issues as well, as some twitterers start to film injured people rather
than helping them. In general, the speed of the news means you run the
risk of getting it wrong, or being left behind. With a live stream and
real-time communication there is no space for consideration. In addition,
twitter is temporary and its streams are fleeting so we risk losing
information and history. Can twitter curate journalism as well as feed
it?.

Twitter is starting to cross into the mainstream, as a wide range of
people find interesting uses for the brief notes. Doctors are using
twitter to update patients about office hours. Local groups such as the
Los Angeles Fire Department are using it to share details about service
calls with interested residents, occasionally with graphic descriptions
of the victims' conditions.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate
and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages.
People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or
fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to
your "followers", and are searchable on twitter search.

All you need to use twitter is an internet connection or a mobile phone.
Once you're in, type your first update into the web box. To get an idea
of what other people are saying or doing on twitter, check out Twitter
Search to see what Twitter's all about. You can search by keyword or just
check out the trending topics to see what's hot on Twitter right now.
When you create an account, you can search for people by name or user
name, import friends from other networks, or invite friends via email. If
you don't want to do that, follow some of the people that are suggested.
Once you've found your friends, follow them to start getting their
updates.

Following someone simply means receiving their twitter updates. When you
follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on
your Twitter home page. New messages are added to your home page as
people post them, so you always get the updates in real time. When you
log in, you can see what the latest updates are. Twitter offers other
ways to follow people too: you can get updates from certain people on
your phone.

After you click the follow button on someone's profile, you're following
them. The follow button will change to a green check mark next to the
word "following" with an actions button on the right to remove a person
if you want to. If you've registered your phone with twitter, you can set
up text preferences for a person as well. For more information, please
click here.

								
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