PostPoints tip: What's the big deal about Twitter?
The "micro-blogging" site Twitter, which lets you share no-more-than-140-characters-long updates with designated friends or the Web at large, has been in the news a lot lately--such as when Oprah Winfrey began using it on Friday. Why the fuss? This free service has turned out to be a handy little communications tool, combining the simplicity of e-mail with the instant publicity of blogging at an easy-to-navigate site that happens to work pretty well on a phone too (m.twitter.com). Some people use Twitter to stay in touch with a small group of friends (a good reason to "protect" your updates from public view), while others employ it to broadcast their musings to whoever might be interested. That leaves room for a lot of drivel but also plenty of interesting reading, as I've found over my last year or so of Twittering. I started out using the site--you can find me at twitter.com/robpegoraro--as a sort of public notebook to document weird, funny or annoying things seen on the job, but I've since found it's also a convenient way to connect with readers, sources and other journalists.
April 21, 2009; 9:09 AM ET
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