In March 2006 the internet birthed a new child: Twitter. Twitter is a social-networking website that allows its users to create and read tweets. Tweets are micro-blogs that explain what the owner of the Twitter is currently doing, thinking, or just feels like saying. Users of Twitter can post tweets on the Twitter website or through text messaging on their cellular device.

It is estimated that Twitter has 5 million users as of now and it is now the third most popular social-networking website.
Twitter has played an important part in the world of the media. On December 30, 2008 Israel was the first government to hold a press conference on Twitter about the war against Hamas in Gaza. Large businesses such as Jet Blue and IBM use twitter in order to relay product information to its consumers. Durring the 2008 presidential election the Democratic Party used Twitter to support Barack Obama.

Many Notable celebrities use a twitter quite frequently to keep their fans updated with what's going on in their lives. Shaquille O'Neil,Demetri Martin, Britney Spears, and Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) are just a few that partake in the social-networking. Through celebrity tweeting you experience a wide array of different aspects about them. Many sports stars inform you of the direction of their sports teams and many musicians, such as Kanye West, use twitter as a promotional tool for their albums.

The most substantial benefit of twitter is derived from the social impact that it has upon groups of friends. Within seconds, tweets can update you on what's going on in the lives of those closest and most important to you. It allows you to instantly know what's going on (via mobile tweets), rather than waiting until you individually ask your friends. The mobile tweet option is not a necessity for twitter, so if the idea of status updates being sent to your phone constantly throughout the day doesn't appeal to you; you can always decide to only use the online option.

Twitter is a good way to keep up with current events and celebrities. It makes conversation with close friends much easier, and it is a great way to get to know new people. It is completely free (minus cell phone text messaging costs) and very fun to use. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and you can instantly start adding friends to your new social network. It features a search option so that you can easily find people that you know. Twitter also has a link with Facebook and Myspace, so that your tweets can be delivered to the status feeds of either one of those social networks. Start using Twitter today to experience a unique way of social networking that you will thoroughly enjoy.