August 19, 2010

What Is Twitter & useful Books on Twitter

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...

is a free social networking and
micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as
tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the
author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as
followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or,
by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter
website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the
service, itself, costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone
service provider fees.

The 140 character limit on message length was initially set for compatibility
with SMS messaging, and has brought to the web the kind of shorthand notation
and slang commonly used in SMS messages. The 140 character limit has also
spurred the usage of URL shortening services such as tinyurl, and,
and content hosting services, such as Twitpic and NotePub to accommodate
multimedia content and text longer than 140 characters.

Since its creation in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Twitter has gained notability and
popularity worldwide. It is sometimes described as the "SMS of the Internet"
since the use of Twitter's application programming interface for sending and
receiving short text messages by other applications often eclipses the direct
use of Twitter.

Twitter is ranked as one of the 50 most popular websites worldwide by Alexa's
web traffic analysis. Although estimates of the number of daily users vary
because the company does not release the number of active accounts, a February
2009 blog entry ranked Twitter as the third most used social network
based on their count of 6 million unique monthly visitors and 55 million monthly
visits. In March 2009, a blog ranked Twitter as the fastest-growing
site in the Member Communities category for February 2009. Twitter had a monthly
growth of 1,382 percent, Zimbio of 240 percent, followed by Facebook with an
increase of 228 percent. However, only 40 percent of Twitter's users are

Books on Twitter

Author: Leslie Poston,
Michael Gruen, Laura Fitton
Publisher: For Dummies
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages

Image of Social Media for Lawyers: Twitter Edition
Author: Adrian Dayton
Publisher: Ark Group
Binding: Paperback, 83 pages
Author: The Editors of
Publisher: New Media
Entertainment, Ltd. (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 376 pages

Author: Cliff Atkinson
Publisher: New Riders
Press (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 240

Image of Everything twitter - From Novice To Expert: The Unofficial Guide to Everything Twitter - THE BLUE BOOK (Color Edition)
Author: Monica Jones,
Steve Soho
Publisher: CreateSpace
Binding: Paperback, 162

Author: Daniel Crenna
Publisher: Wrox (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 456 pages

Author: Todd Kelsey
Publisher: Apress (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 400

Author: Hollis Thomases
Publisher: Sybex (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 432

Author: Adam L. Penenberg
Publisher: Hyperion
Binding: Hardcover, 288

Author: Joel Comm
Publisher: Wiley (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 272 pages

Image of Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook
Author: Darren Barefoot,
Julie Szabo
Publisher: No Starch
Press (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 280

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