Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is a popular microblogging social network service. The San Francisco-based company was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in 2006.

Users are able to send and read messages -- also known as tweets -- that are up to 140 characters long. Tweets are publicly visible unless a user protects his or her account so that only approved users have access to it. Users can "follow" friends and colleagues, as well as their favorite brands, news outlets and other institutions. Twitter has also become a useful marketing tool for businesses.

A username, or user's "handle," is generally a series of letters and numbers preceded by the "@" sign. For instance, Entrepreneur magazine's Twitter handle is @EntMagazine. Tweets can be tracked in groups by using a hashtag, or the "#" sign, before the word or phrase.

As of September 2011, Twitter said it has 100 million active users worldwide.

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Entrepreneurs

Biz Stone Discusses How the Right Connection Led to the Creation of Twitter

Stone and co-founder Evan Williams teamed up because they resonated and trusted great things would follow.
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The Ultimate Hashtag Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

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New Dove Campaign Aims to Cleanse Twitter of Rampant Trolling and Hate-Speech
Social Media Marketing

New Dove Campaign Aims to Cleanse Twitter of Rampant Trolling and Hate-Speech

Entitled #SpeakBeautiful, the multi-tiered campaign will aim to incite a domino effect of positivity.
Geoff Weiss
How Biz Stone Protects His Free Time
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How Biz Stone Protects His Free Time

This Twitter co-founder's digital life hack is so simple, anyone can do it.
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5 Tools for Downloading and Analyzing Twitter Data
Twitter Marketing

5 Tools for Downloading and Analyzing Twitter Data

There is a mountain of Twitter data available with vast potential to enhance your marketing, once you have the resources to make sense of it.
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7 Ways to Set Your Twitter Feed on Fire
Twitter

7 Ways to Set Your Twitter Feed on Fire

Entrepreneurs can improve engagement with their tweets with a few simple adjustments.
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10 Ways to Grow a Huge Following on Twitter
Twitter

10 Ways to Grow a Huge Following on Twitter

Twitter is much more dynamic than the 140 characters most people limit themselves to.
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Pharrell Dresses as Hilton Bellhop, Becomes a Brand Favorite Yet Again
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Pharrell Dresses as Hilton Bellhop, Becomes a Brand Favorite Yet Again

When Pharrell showed up onstage dressed like a bellhop, Hilton Hotels had a sassy tweet ready.
Kate Taylor
Chipotle Offers Free Burritos in Exchange for... Haikus
Chipotle

Chipotle Offers Free Burritos in Exchange for... Haikus

Burrito-loving poets took to Twitter and Facebook in hopes of winning a free meal for two.
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Twitter Is Bleeding Users Because 'We Suck at Dealing With Abuse and Trolls'
Twitter

Twitter Is Bleeding Users Because 'We Suck at Dealing With Abuse and Trolls'

Ahead of an earnings call today, Twitter's CEO took personal responsibility for rampant trolling on the platform in a leaked memo.
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Tweets Will Soon Be Visible in Google Search Results
Twitter

Tweets Will Soon Be Visible in Google Search Results

Twitter and Google strike a deal.
Twitter Courts Businesses With Option to Promote Their Most Popular Tweets
Twitter Marketing

Twitter Courts Businesses With Option to Promote Their Most Popular Tweets

The social network's new 'quick promote' feature lets you turn your business's top tweets into ads in two clicks.
Kim Lachance Shandrow