What is Twitter: Definition and 20 Discussions

Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface or its mobile-device application software ("app"), though the service could also be accessed via SMS before April 2020. The service is provided by Twitter, Inc., a corporation based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world. Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but the limit was doubled to 280 for non-CJK languages in November 2017. Audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.
Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year. By 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day, and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet". As of Q1 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users. Twitter is a some-to-many microblogging service, given that the vast majority of tweets are written by a small minority of users.

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  1. BillTre

    Can't use links to Twitter (which is now X)

    When I copy a link from twitter and paste it into the insert media panel, I get this: when using this as a link: https://x.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1701523035621077394?s=20 I am guessing its because Twitter is making a bunch of dumb-ass changes and PF has not caught up, but maybe someone...
  2. kyphysics

    Adblock Plus No Longer Blocking Stuff? (Must Pay?)

    Approximately two weeks ago, I noticed my ABP not blocking ads on Twitter. This then spread to YouTube and other sites. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling. There is a "honor"ware page, whereby you can "donate" an amount you can afford. I skipped that page after installation (i.e...
  3. Wrichik Basu

    Has this Twitter account been hacked?

    I don't post a lot on Twitter, but I do follow numerous people, mostly physicists in my field of interest, so that I can stay up to date on the latest research in the field. The account I am referring to is one such account. I don't know the user personally, but they are an established physicist...
  4. quasar987

    Science journalists to follow on twitter

    So, I'm not on twitter but I just heard Sean Caroll say on his podcast that he's following science journalists on twitter and that he uses that to know when something interesting happens in science because these journalists will link to it. Do some of you do that also? I'd like to know who you...
  5. J

    Comp Sci Twitter API finding the most common word in a tweet

    So in the class TJTwitter, I have the following defined: private Twitter twitter; private PrintStream consolePrint; private List<Status> statuses; private List<String> terms; private String popularWord; private int frequencyMax; and in the same class, I have a few methods that are meant to...
  6. S

    Job Skills Alternative new methods regaining former type of employment?

    I'm curious if anyone/any member of the forum has used newer methods like twitter, to try to regain employment in some earlier type of work that one had from a long time ago. Instead of the typical job search of going to advertisements, calling companies, finding managers to talk to by phone...
  7. Grands

    Why Twitter allows NSFW content?

    Hi guys. I have a problem about Twitter. I have a friend of 14 years old that yesterday used my computer to see Twitter profiles of famous football player. Then searching on twitter he found by himself NSFW content that wasn't hide and Twitter didn't ask if the user is over 18 years old. So he...
  8. kyphysics

    Twitter Worker Making $160K Struggling to Survive?

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/twitter-employee-making-160-000-193700556.html And I was thinking I'd be happy with $75K where I live. lol
  9. hackhard

    Tweeting Images with Arduino: Libraries and Limitations

    i ve got an Arduino Uno R3 and the OV7670 camera module SD Module and a Wifi shield . ive done tweeting with arduino using twitter library http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/TwitterLibrary i was wondering Is there any library to post images in a tweet? or some other hack?
  10. Greg Bernhardt

    #ILookLikeAPhysicist is trending on Twitter

    This is in addition to #ILookLikeAnEnineer http://www.vox.com/2015/8/5/9099719/does-an-engineer-look-like-this-yes So now #ILookLikeAPhysicist has taken off. People posting photos of what Physicists really look like https://twitter.com/search?vertical=default&q=#ILookLikeAPhysicist &src=typd...
  11. Laura Forczyk

    A Space Geek's Return to the Forums

    Hello all! I was a member of this forum years ago when I was a student. A drive to give back to the community has brought me back here as a professional. I hope that I can help with my limited experiences! I live on the Space Coast of Florida and work at Kennedy Space Center. I help to run a...
  12. Garth

    News IS Hack of US Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts

    This is the most disturbing news US Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts have been hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State. Firstly are we sure it is the IS? Secondly how did they do it, and surely the military/government ought to be on top of the game with security...
  13. S

    Identities under the Contact Settings

    Does anyone use these: Skype, Google Talk, or Twitter in their physicsforums profile? On occasion I looked at some members' profile pages but did not see much of those identities listed for the member.
  14. W

    Can Twitter improve by implementing group-based posting and upvoting?

    I know many of you might not be the that into social networking but perhaps the idea of the algorithms and things involved to implement this might interest you. Basically, Twitter should have "groups" created by individuals. They can be completely open, open only to member-invitation or closed...
  15. Greg Bernhardt

    Twitter Tool Allows Centralized Censorship

    The social networking service*Twitter announced a new tool today that allows it to selectively censor users’ tweets based on a host of criteria. *This has taken a lot of heat from some critics but there’s another side to this that … Continue reading...
  16. Evo

    State Dept Warns Students: Don't Discuss WikiLeaks on Social Media

    I know I've said it before, be careful what you do and say online. http://news.yahoo.com/s/mashable/20101205/tc_mashable/state_department_warns_students_against_discussing_wikileaks_on_facebook_twitter It's good advice. A lot of you may end up needing some sort of clearance or background...
  17. B

    Twitter: increasing traffic to my website

    What is the best method to increase visitors to my website from Twitter?
  18. Evo

    Free Gold memberships and PF on twitter

    Check out the great new stuff Greg has in feedback! I will add 10 GOOBF cards (Get Out Of Banning Free) to Greg's free gold membership offer. I'm printing up flyers for The Evo child, Spawn and their friends to post. They might not enter for the free membership, but they will put up...
  19. Math Is Hard

    Twitter: Is It Worth the Time and Effort?

    Posting all those updates about oneself seems very time consuming. But maybe I am just behind the times, as usual.