Chapter 4

Getting Started with Twitter

In This Chapter

arrow The idea behind Twitter

arrow Setting up your Twitter account

arrow Beginning to tweet

arrow Hooking Twitter into Windows

The revolution will not be televised. It will be tweeted.

In March 2006, an amazing array of developers and entrepreneurs — originally intent on building a podcasting platform called Odeo — unleashed Twitter on an unsuspecting world. A decade later, Twitter has been credited with helping to overthrow totalitarian governments, spread fear and mayhem, aid and abet leaks of embarrassing government documents, shed light on official dirty dealings, establish a rallying point for the Occupy disenfranchised, and let everyone know what Lady Gaga had for breakfast.

That’s quite an accomplishment. As of early 2015, Twitter had more than a billion registered users, 300 million of them active every month, who send an average of 500 million or so tweets per day. Those are all industry estimates because Twitter doesn’t divulge much, even though it’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Interestingly, 77% of the most active users hail ...

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