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Twitter is on online news and social networking site where people communicate in short messages called tweets. Tweeting is sending short messages to anyone who follows you on Twitter, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone in your audience. Another description of Twitter and tweeting might be micro blogging.

Some people also use Twitter to discover interesting people and companies online and to follow their tweets for as long as they are interesting.

Why Is Twitter So Popular? Why Do Millions of People Follow Others?

In addition to its relative nov

On March 21, 2006, a simple messaging service was born with a five-word tweet.

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Fast forward nine years.

Tweets now move billions of dollars in the stock market, have delivered play-by-play of the killing of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist and allow planet Earth to communicate directly with humans and machines residing in outer space.

In honor of the 140-character limit per post on Twitter, here are 140 things you didn’t know about the service.

1. Twitter almost never came to be. In 2006, there was a company called Odeo, which helped individuals publish audio. With a lack of growth and investors souring, the company pivoted and decided to conduct a hackathon one day. This brain-storming competition led to the birth of Twitter.

Twitter’s big appeal is how rapid and scan-friendly it is: you can track hundreds of interesting twitter users, and read their content with a glance. This is is ideal for our modern attention-deficit world.

Twitter employs a purposeful message size restriction to keep things scan-friendly: every microblog ‘tweet’ entry is limited to 280 characters or less. This size cap promotes the focused and clever use of language, which makes tweets very easy to scan, and also very challenging to write well. This size restriction has really made Twitter a popular social tool.

“Tweeting” has almost become as ubiquitous a verb as “googling”, but if you’re not sure what Twitter even is, you may be at a loss for words (or characters). Here’s everything you need to know about Twitter.

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