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Twitter, Inc.
Type Private
Founded San Francisco, California, U.S.
Founder Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass,
Evan Williams, Biz Stone
Area served Worldwide
Industry Internet
Type of site Social network service, microblogging
Registration Required (to post, follow or be followed)
Available in Multilingual
Launched July 15, 2006 (2006-07-15)[1]
Current status Active
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Homepage of Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 300 million users as of 2011,[2] generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.[3][4][5] It has been described as "the SMS (text messaging) of the Internet."[6]

Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, with additional servers and offices in New York City.

Projects using Twitter[edit]

Using Twitter[edit]

Benefits for nonprofits[edit]

Adding and following content[edit]

There are numerous tools for adding content, monitoring content and conversations including Twitvid (video sharing),[7] Tweetdeck,, HootSuite, and Twitterfeed. Less than half of tweets are posted using the web user interface with most users using third-party applications (based on analysis of 500 million tweets by Sysomos).[8]

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  1. Arrington, Michael (July 15, 2006). "Odeo Releases Twttr". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  2. Taylor, Chris (June 27, 2011). "Social networking 'utopia' isn't coming". CNN. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. "Your world, more connected". Twitter. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. Twitter Search Team (2011-05-31). "The Engineering Behind Twitter’s New Search Experience". Twitter Engineering Blog (blog of Twitter Engineering Division). Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  5. [1][dead link]
  6. D'Monte, Leslie (April 29, 2009). "Swine Flu's Tweet Tweet Causes Online Flutter". Business Standard. Retrieved February 4, 2011. "Also known as the 'SMS of the internet', Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service" 
  7. Laura Locke, "Twitter video-sharing service nabs $6.5 million ", CNET, September 29, 2011
  8. "Inside Twitter Clients – An Analysis of 500 Million Tweets". Sysomos. November 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 

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