• Editor's Choice
Category: Social


Editor(s) who recommend this app
(0) Members who recommend this app:
  • Vendor: Twitter, Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • 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.


Twitter - Photos

Twitter RSS Feed

Twitter CEO: 'We never planned to reorder timelines next week'

Twitter is keeping its real-time chronological timelines, at least for now, according to posts from its CEO Jack Dorsey. The posts try to deny, at least in part, rumors from Buzzfeed that Twitter was planning to switch to a more algorithmic timeline, based on what it thinks its users want to see...
Twitter may be close to switching to an algorithmic timeline

Here comes the switch: Twitter ready to launch algorithmic timeline

According to a new report, Twitter may be about to flip the switch on a change that will significantly alter the way items show up in your timeline. With the change, Twitter will switch from showing tweets in reverse chronological order to algorithmically showing what it thinks users want to see...

Twitter is currently experiencing technical difficulties

The super-popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter is currently down for many across platforms and on the web. Clients are failing to load timelines, profiles, tweets and more, while the main website is refusing to display anything other than a technical error message. On the bright side, it's...
Twitter may up character limit on tweets

Twitter said to be considering 10,000 character limit for tweets

According to a new report, it appears as though the team at Twitter may be gearing up to raise the limit as to how many characters you can have per tweet. Currently, tweets are able to contain 140 characters, but thanks to an internal project, codenamed "Beyond 140," that limit may jump as high...

Twitter brings Moments to the UK to help you see what's trending

Twitter has officially launched the company's Moments feature in the UK, which allows users of the social platform to remain up-to-date with latest news and events. Gone are the days of spending time to search a particular topic. You'll be able to try out the new feature on Twitter's own apps and...
Twitter replaces favorites with likes, changes icon from star to heart

Twitter replaces favorites with likes, changes icon from star to heart

Twitter has changed the way things work, switching from favorites to likes and changing the shape from a star to a heart. The company states that a heart is a more universal symbol, one that is recognized and resonates across various languages, cultures and time zones. Twitter has been...

Twitter to lay off up to 336 team members, or 8 percent of its work force

Twitter will be laying off a number of its workers as part of an overall restructuring of the social networking company. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it said that it plans to lay off up to 336 team members, or about 8 percent of its total work force. Twitter...
Twitter Moments

Catch up on what's trending with the new Moments tab on Twitter

Twitter is adding a new feature for its Android users today in the U.S. called Moments. The idea behind it is to help users find tweets centered on a specific subject or event and collect them in a tab. Twitter says: Tapping on the new lightning bolt tab on your phone opens a list of...
Jack Dorsey

Twitter names co-founder Jack Dorsey as new CEO, will remain as leader of Square

Twitter has found its new CEO, and it's a name from the past. The company's board of directors have named Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey to return as its permanent Chief Executive Officer. Dorsey was named as Twitter's interim CEO in June while the company searched for a replacement for its...

Twitter is reportedly planning to support posts longer than 140 characters

Twitter may finally give users of its social networking service an official way to share posts that are longer that its current 140 character limit. At the moment, it's not clear just what this product will look like. According to Re/code: In addition to the long-form product, execs have...
Twitter and Square make political donations even easier

Twitter partners with Square to make donating to political campaigns even easier

Twitter has partnered with Square to make donating to your political campaign of choice even easier. The process is pretty simple. First, the candidates will set up an account through Square Cash, and once it is verified they will be able to share a unique URL or a $Cashtag with supporters. The...
Google and Twitter may be working on 'instant articles'

Google and Twitter may be working on a new way for publishers to show 'instant articles'

According to a new report, Google and Twitter could be working together to help publishers show 'instant articles' to smartphone users of their respective services. The service could launch as early as this fall for a small group of publishers, and the aim is to make it easier to distribute the...



Reader comments