Chapter     12

Twitter

The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful.

—Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard law professor

Twitter was created in March 2006 by a small team of developers in the San Francisco Bay Area. By 2012 it had more than 500 million registered users with no drop-off in sight. Twitter allows registered users to post short, 140-character messages to their timeline, where followers and the general public can browse them. Apple began making a public push into social networking with iOS 5 when they announced the addition of the Social Framework. The first supported service would be Twitter, followed by Facebook in iOS 6. While Apple has had third-party software on iOS since 2.0 with Google Maps, ...

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