Twitter was created seven years ago by Jack Dorsey. It uses messages called tweets, which can only be a maximum of 140 characters. This keeps them short and sweet. Topics of interest use a hash symbol #. If you want to see a list of topics, or hashtags, especially those that are popular and are trending well, see here.
Twitter describes itself as a real-time information network “ that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting” it goes on to say “Find out what’s happening, right now, with the people and organizations you care about” …. Welcome to Twitter. One of the useful things about Twitter is its immediacy.
Do you use Twitter? How do you use it? Do you post tweets, or do you read, react and use Twitter as a source of discovery? Do you use it like Facebook or Wikipedia? If you search it for information according to research by Globalwebindex (posted in January 2013) under the title Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In The World you are in the fast growing sector of people that use Twitter “as a passive source of discovery … and … are using [it] more as a tool, or service, rather than a pure social service.”