The Twitter phenomenon

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , , | Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Despite being around since 2006, free social networking site Twitter has only recently become increasingly popular among Bruneians. We've been following the change of Twitter's worldwide popularity for quite some time now, watching it grow from just personal use to a platform full of information from 'real' up-to-date celebrity, technology and world news, to a great place for marketing your products and services. So what is Twitter?

The somewhat addictive micro-blogging service lets users send and read other users' updates (known as Tweets). Imagine a stripped-down, easier to use version of Facebook that concentrates on just one simple question: What are you doing?

It lets you stay connected, and more or less lets you know what people are doing. Twitter lets you follow the updates of people who matter to you - from friends and family, to celebrities for some. Check out the video below to understand what it is and how simple it is to use.

The service did not take off as soon as they might have wanted, with it only gaining worldwide popularity arguably after high-profile, A-list celebrities started 'Tweeting'. Actor Ashton Kutcher is currently the most popular person on the service with more than a million followers.

Celebrity news addicts can now get their fix from even more reliable sources - the celebrities themselves! Imagine knowing what celebrities like Demi Moore, Britney Spears, John Mayer, Ryan Seacrest and P.Diddy (just to name a few) are doing right now, and be able to communicate with them personally!

Twitter also lets you find out breaking world news even before they get to be shown on TV, with large news corporations like CNN and the BBC too getting in on the act. You can now even get emergency updates from the US Center for Disease Control Emergency team regarding the recent outbreak of the Swine Flu.

If you're very much familiar with Facebook, then Twitter will be easy to understand. Your home page will consist of a similar 'live feed' of that of the popular social networking site, which shows you what the people you're following are doing at the moment. These 'Tweets' will usually consist of links to photos and web-pages, making them even more interesting to read. From there, you'll be able to interact with them and post what you're doing too.

Just like we were before, you might be skeptical about joining yet another social networking site, but you really have to try this one out to actually see how fun and informative it will be.

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Once you're on Twitter, you'll also get to follow the likes of our famous local bloggers too, including Ranoadidas, AnakBrunei, Jan Shim and Kurapak too.

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Top Twitter users: Twitterholic

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