First there was MySpace, then Facebook and now there’s Twitter. Twitter.com is the fastest growing website among the social networking segment in the cyber world, according to Nielsen.com. In 2009, Compete.com ranked Twitter as the third most used social network behind Facebook and MySpace. That means Twitter is receiving upwards of 6 million unique visitors each month and about 55 million visits monthly.
What exactly is Twitter? According to Wikipedia, "Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them, known as followers." Twitter was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
For the technologically-challenged, Twitter is the new "Short Message Service of the Internet." Like SMS texting except on the Internet and not to just one person but to all of your followers at once. The Twitter platform allows senders to restrict delivery to just their friends or allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website or on applications like Twitterrific, Twitterfon, TweetDeck, Tweetie and feedalizr. Facebook just recently updated their homepage format to look a lot like Twitter. As if Facebook-stalking wasn’t enough, Twitter has taken it a step farther. Now you can really, really follow a person’s every move. Reminds us of that creepy song, "every move you make, I’ll be watching you." In all seriousness, the website is a great marketing tool especially for small businesses. Creating your profile is dummy-proof and free, so go get your Twitter on. Then go download the Twitter applications for Blackberry or iPhone and you’ll be caught up with social cyberspace networking for the moment.