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.

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Franchisees: The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media

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Twitter Train Wreck: Why We Can't Turn Away From PayPal Exec's Shocking Meltdown
Crisis Management

Twitter Train Wreck: Why We Can't Turn Away From PayPal Exec's Shocking Meltdown

While a riveted audience gawks on, PayPal has responded to the Twitter tirade of former employee Rakesh Agrawal, calling his meltdown 'tasteless' and 'worrisome.'
Geoff Weiss
Amazon's New Twitter Hashtag Puts Items in Your Shopping Cart
Amazon

Amazon's New Twitter Hashtag Puts Items in Your Shopping Cart

With #AmazonCart, you can now add items to your Amazon shopping basket without leaving Twitter.
Nina Zipkin
The Crazy, Cool and Unsettling Ways Police Are Using Social Media
Social Media

The Crazy, Cool and Unsettling Ways Police Are Using Social Media

You can't fault the organization for staying current. But does live tweeting a sting operation go too far?
Laura Entis
Ssshhhhh: Put the Kibosh on Annoying Twitter Users Without Them Knowing
Twitter

Ssshhhhh: Put the Kibosh on Annoying Twitter Users Without Them Knowing

Twitter is testing out a mute function that will make a user's tweets disappear from your feed.
Wendy Frink
Q&A With Whisper CEO Michael Heyward: We Are Your 'Stranger on a Train'
Social Media

Q&A With Whisper CEO Michael Heyward: We Are Your 'Stranger on a Train'

The CEO and co-founder of Whisper offers an in-depth look at how he launched the anonymous confessional app and why he believes all the secrets shared are real.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
4 Ways to Fall in Love With Twitter Again
Twitter

4 Ways to Fall in Love With Twitter Again

Resuscitate that neglected Twitter account with a few easy tips.
Wendy Frink
4 Tactics for Surviving Facebook's Algorithm Changes (Infographic)
Social Media Marketing

4 Tactics for Surviving Facebook's Algorithm Changes (Infographic)

Develop the strategy the company should have had from the start: a results-driven effort across many social-media platforms, connected to other marketing campaigns.
Kevin Bobowski
It's All About #LameOfficeHolidays
Social Media

It's All About #LameOfficeHolidays

People are taking to Twitter with their own holidays.
Wendy Frink
Avoid These Social Media Dead Zones
Productivity

Avoid These Social Media Dead Zones

Here are the worst times to post to the different channels.
Dane Atkinson
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Midlife Crisis? Ronald McDonald Gets a Makeover, Joins Twitter
McDonalds

Midlife Crisis? Ronald McDonald Gets a Makeover, Joins Twitter

On the heels of a disappointing earnings report, McDonald's announced its mascot is getting a new look and joining social media.
Kate Taylor
 Another Hashtag Hijack: NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires
Twitter

Another Hashtag Hijack: NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

The New York Police Department got a little more than it bargained for on social media when Twitter users hijacked its #myNYPD campaign.
Wendy Frink
Can Twitter Be Used to Predict Crime?
Twitter

Can Twitter Be Used to Predict Crime?

A newly published paper says geo-tagged tweets can assist in the prediction of crime.
Wendy Frink
An Entrepreneur's Social-Media Plan for Success
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An Entrepreneur's Social-Media Plan for Success

For those just jumping on the social-media bandwagon, here are a few tips on getting started.
Lisa Danielpour
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