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What is Twitter and how does it work?

Hardly any star or media company can now do without their own Twitter presence. Many news, rumors or scandals have their origin in the service. But what is Twitter actually and how does it work?

Twitter is an online service. While Twitter still plays a subordinate role behind Facebook and Co. in the private sphere, the service is now international and indispensable in the large media world. Donald Trump, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Pope - hardly any public figure can do without tweets.


What is Twitter anyway?

The micro-blogging service Twitter was characterized by the fact that messages could not be longer than 140 characters. The unique selling point has now been softened, the so-called tweets can now be up to 280 characters long. Twitter follows in the footsteps of MySpace and private blogs, but shortens long messages and messages to the limited character length. In contrast to emails and WhatsApp messages, tweets are theoretically visible to everyone. This means that posts can also be read without your own account.
  • In order to be able to post messages, i.e. tweets, you need to register.
  • A username and a profile picture can be selected there for recognition.
  • Similar to Facebook, the profile page can be individually designed.
  • Messages can now be tweeted out into the world via the website in the field provided for this purpose.
  • Alternatively, tweets can also be sent on the go using the corresponding apps for iPhone and Android.

In addition to text, often creative, tweets can also contain other elements such as links to other websites, images or videos. Other Twitter users can also be addressed directly by using "@USERNAME". Furthermore, Twitter is a means of picking up or starting current trends. In order to find messages quickly and easily, they are provided with a "hashtag". The hashtag is preceded by the double cross symbol, the hashtag itself has a descriptive name.

What is Twitter and how does it work?

If you have found accounts of important or interesting people or companies, you can follow these Twitter members (also called "Twit"). In your feed you will stay up to date with all current posts. There is also the option of responding to tweets directly in order to start an online conversation. Similar to other chats, Twitter also offers the option of sending direct messages to Twits that are only visible to the recipient and sender.

Thanks in particular to the character restriction, Twitter has now developed into a contact point for lots of creative and funny news on current topics. In addition, thanks to its topicality, Twitter is also a point of contact for news and rumors from all areas of the world. The micro-blogging service is also often the origin of so-called "Shitstorms".

With us you can also learn how to delete your Twitter account and how to change your Twitter name. The founder Jack Dorsey dropped the first tweet. You can still see this message online today:

By the end of 2017, over 330 million Internet users were using the online service on a regular basis:

In 2018, Twitter is still one of the most important online services of all. Due to its up-to-dateness, the service is often a first source of information for current events in the world. What about with you? Do you also tweet what's up? Do you only read what others are “chirping”? Or do you not care about the service at all?

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Originally posted on June 24, 2015, last updated on January 17, 2018

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