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Good Question – What is Twitter?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

A viewer asks, “I hear people talking about it, but what is Twitter?” Good question.

You may have heard of Twitter. Numerous articles have been published about it, and it is likely that several of your friends, co-workers and family members are already on it. But do you know what it is?

Wikipedia defines Twitter as a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates, known as “tweets.” These tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, posted in real-time.

It’s a pretty simple definition, but then Twitter itself is pretty simple. You write something and your followers read it instantly.

Twitter was founded in 2006 by three guys working at a podcasting company in San Francisco. It started as a research project. Its popularity exploded in 2007 and Twitter become its own separate entity.

Twitter isn’t the same as your kids’ social networking sites. Forget MySpace and Facebook, this is different.

Some notable Twitter users are CNN, NASA, the New York Times and ESPN. Many celebrities post Twitter updates as well.

You can also follow KAKE News, Weather and Sports on Twitter. Larry Hatteberg, Susan Peters and Jeff Herndon even have their own Twitter pages.

Send your good questions to news@kake.com.

For a very simple, video explanation of Twitter, click here.

You can also read our blog about Twitter by clicking here..


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