Twitter’s latest milestone: Twitter is a popular social network service and has hit 10 billion tweets, which is a really fast growth from the past milestones. Whereas, 1 billion tweets was hit in November 2008 and 5 billion was hit in November 2009. But, as per the projections of Gigatweet, that the future tweeter’s milestone will hit with 20 billion in 197 days from now or about mid- September. This is a great record made by the tweeter which shows the popularity and fame of the networking service. The simplicity of tweeter can give a voice to even the weakest signals and users can access twitter on powerful broadband connections via a video game. Twitter helps its users in a very broad way like whether its breaking news, a local traffic jam, a deal or funny pick me up from a friend, it keeps them informed with what matters most to them today and helps them to discover what might matter them most tomorrow. Twitter is even a useful tool of business which helps to connect with the right audience at the right time in a more meaningful manner. Twitter provides timely information which can help to make better choices and decisions. Users can access twitter through even weak connections in rural areas via SMS on a simple mobile phone even.
‘Twitter’ the most modern chat technology: Twitter is the most advances mode of social networking services and has been described as akin to a web-based Internet Relay Chat client. From 2007 to 2008 the messages were handled by a Ruby persistent queue server which is called as Starling but since 2009 it has been replaced and handled by the software written in Scala. Further in late 2009, the new list of twitter feature was added to make it possible for the users to follow the lists of authors instead of following individual authors. The service’s API allows other web services and applications to integrate with twitter. For the group posts together by topic or type the users use the hash tags and to prefix the words or phrases # is to be used. Similarly, when users want to send messages privately then they use the letter d followed by a username and the sign @ followed by a username publicly states the attached tweets as a reply to any specific users. The limit of characters used in message was set as 140 only for the compatibility with SMS messaging and has brought to the web the kind of shorthand notation commonly used in SMS messages. Twitter was used by the long distance university Shanghai Jiao Tong University, china with native Chinese students as a tool of training. Where students used to post a certain number of English tweets and react to the tweets of their other fellow students.
Different uses of Twitter: Twitter is proved to be the very useful in different areas as in several universities it is taken as a tool of education like- The University of Vienna, Austria, used twitter as an evaluation platform for student ratings. Here every student had to send a tweet after each course unit with feedback to the teacher. Due to the simple use of twitter and electronic handling of data , the administrative efforts remain very small. At the University of Texas at Dallas, twitter was incorporated into the actual classroom setting of History courses with big groups of students. This approach gives more opportunities to the students to express their views and ideas in their class-room discussions. The limit of characters forces the students to the central point, which is also a big advantage of this technology. Some schools in U.K. put Twitter in their primary school curriculum. Where children should be able to organize and adjust speaking and writing skills depending on the technology used which includes emails, messaging, wikis and twitters. Where children should also be taught to speak, write and broadcast using blogs, podcasts, websites, email and video. In April 2009, the first criminal prosecution was arrised from Twitter posts. Daniel Knight Hayden was arrested for sending tweets threatening violence in connection with his plan to attend a tea party protest in Oklahoma city.