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, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. It has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.”
Short and sweet, and right now. Twitter is news right now, tweets have a short lifespan unlike facebook where users will browse photos and updates from the past, tweets show up in a feed and are not something people are likely to trawl back through.