This direct quote from Twitters own blog states
"Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service—an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, “What are you doing?” However, when we implemented the service, we chose to leave something out. To stay simple, Twitter did not require individuals to confirm relationships. Instead, we left things open."
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Twitter is not about what people have said in the past, it is about what they are saying now, in this very moment. Current events such as elections, sporting events, weather and breaking news are discussed and reported on Twitter as they happen. Utilizing hash-tags one can communicate with a group of people on a specific topic such as #socialmedia. This approach allows anyone to search the discussions history to read what people have been saying on the topic. Hash-tags also provide a way to contribute to the discussions in real time.
The proliferation of mobile devices has assisted Twitter in becoming king of the conversation. Anything you see or hear can be reported via Twitter and spread across the globe in a heart beat. People are willing to share others views and ideas with their followers, and those with something to say love to be shared.
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Lists were introduced to allow many-to-many information sharing. Sharing to a list means you are directly posting tweets to an audience that have chosen to listen to a particular topic. Anyone can setup a list, as such not all lists are strictly organized to a topic or category, but the option is there to do so.
Twitter has come a long way since it first started in March 2006, and grown into the most popular micro-blogging site on the Internet. Twitter is still evolving, like everything in social media.
What do you think is next for Twitter?