For years MySpace had taken the world by storm as the social networking giant, then came Facebook, Twitter, Digg and all those who came running in after them to cash in on the social media craze. Myself, I joined Facebook almost two years ago, followed by Twitter and Digg last year. I joined Facebook for family and friends as well as to reconnect with old friends and classmates. I have even made some interesting networking contacts.
:It seems that just about everyone and their mother has a Facebook account whether they keep it active and up-to-date is another thing. I found it, as well as Twitter and Digg useful for publicizing causes that I support and circulating my written work once it's been published on the blogs that I write for, including Lunch.com.
A lot of celebriities seem to tweet on Twitter, you can catch their status updates regularly on cable's
E! Entertainment network as a ticker at the bottom of the screen. If celebrities are breaking up, making up, making a film , etc. you can catch it on Twitter. Twitter has a limit of how much can be written on each tweet. Ahhh, the social networking/social media craze-people don't even make phone calls or write letters anymore. They just text each other or post it on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. Whatever you do, just don't post it that you're going on vacation in the Bahamas or out for the night with friends-you may come home to find your place robbed. There is such as thing as TMI, folks. ( For those who don't know what TMI is, it's short for TOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!)
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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to update with text messages of up to 140 characters in length. Users can also read updates from others by going to users' pages or by "following" them. "Following" allows updates from others to arrive automatically in a feed on a user's Twitter homepage. Twitter functionality is similar to that of Facebook's "status" feature, and both can by synced via Facebook status settings.
Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in early 2006. The site later won a South by Southwest Award in the blog category in March 2007. By mid-2008, Twitter featured over 3M accounts.
In addition to its functionality as a microblogging service, Twitter also features several social networking elements, including public lists of members who are following a user's updates and those who each user is following (although both of these features may be set to private). Twitter also offers a public profile, a scraping mechanism to find and invite people a user knows through email accounts, and a minimally customizable page.