Twitter is an online service used for social networking and micro blogging. It enables its users to send and read text messages that are restricted to 140 characters. These messages are called ‘tweets’. All registered users can post and read the tweets whereas unregistered users can only read them.
Twitter was started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. Today it has become an online phenomenon and has 500 million registered users as of 2012. It is one among the ten most visited sites in the world and more than 340 million tweets are posted each day. The word ‘twitter’ almost nails what the platform stands for. Twitter is mostly used for Informal chatting. It was inspired by how the birds chirp and what the term means ‘a burst of inconsequential information’. This platform was aimed at small groups sharing information between themselves.
By the end of 2010, the number of tweets that were being sent each day exceeded 50 million. This was due to the rapid liking of such a platform where it was so easy to update friends and family about the latest happenings around you. The posts can be viewed by the public or can be restricted to our followers only.