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  • Vendor: Twitter, Inc.
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  • Price: Free

Is there possibly a bigger overnight success story than Twitter? Launched in 2006, it was a quirky little thing that let people post short messages — a mere 140 characters — and follow the posts of others. What could you possible have to say that other people would want to read? Or, what could you possibly say in so few characters?

Turns out, quite a bit.

As of March 2014, Twitter boasted 225 million monthly active users. It does somewhere near a quarter-billion dollars in revenue in a quarter. You can't turn on a TV or watch a morning show or see a billboard or visit Facebook or load a website without seeing a reference to Twitter. Or to a "hashtag" — the unofficial method by which Twitter users began making their tweets more easily searchable. It's not quite as ubiquitous as, say, text messaging, but it's not that far off, either. Twitter is a way for celebrities other members of the famous ilk to "connect" with their fans. It's a way for anyone to communicate with everyone.

And mobile quickly became Twitter's go-to medium. The ability to post from anywhere, at any time, be it via app or mobile site or text. The ability to post a selfie or countless pictures of food. Or, more important as we started to see with the Arab Spring uprising, the ability to share news as it's happening (much to the chagrin of the occasional government).

It's not all been without controversy, however, especially when it comes to apps. Twitter still provides APIs for developers to tap into, but it has significantly capped the number of users new apps can have, thus limiting the usefulness of apps as a revenue source for developers. Meanwhile, Twitter's own apps have been a bit of a mess, off and on.

With Twitter, you have to take the good (social change and the connecting of the world) with the bad (anything and everything Kardashian and Bieber). And that's OK. Because you only have to take it for 140 characters at a time.

Oh, by the way be sure to follow us on Twitter.

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Twitter starts rolling out autoplay videos on the web, coming to Android soon

Twitter starts rolling out autoplay videos on the web, coming to Android soon

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Ask AC: Why does Twitter now need to use my microphone?

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Twitter begins testing two new features for discovering more about products and places

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Twitter's Project Lightning will keep you up to date on important news

Twitter's Project Lightning will keep you up to date on important news

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Twitter starts rolling out autoplay videos on the web, coming to Android soon

Twitter starts rolling out autoplay videos on the web, coming to Android soon

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Twitter will remove 140 character limits for DM's in July

Twitter to remove 140-character limit for DMs in July

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Dick Costolo stepping down as Twitter CEO on July 1

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Twitter now lets you share your list of blocked accounts

Twitter will now let you share your list of blocked accounts with other users

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Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

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Twitter makes policy changes to help combat abusive users

Twitter has announced some changes in its policies, along with some revised enforcement options, designed to combat the abusive users of its social network. The changes include expanding the definitions of Twitter's violent threats policy, along with more options for the company's service team...
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Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

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