Chapter 4: Getting Started with Twitter
In This Chapter
The idea behind Twitter
Setting up your Twitter account
Beginning to tweet
Hooking Twitter into Windows
The revolution will not be televised. It will be tweeted.
In July 2006, an amazing array of developers and entrepreneurs — originally intent on building a podcasting platform called Odeo — unleashed Twitter on an unsuspecting world. Seven years on, Twitter has been credited with helping to overthrow totalitarian governments, spread fear and mayhem, aid and abet leaks of embarrassing government documents, shed light on official dirty dealings, establish a rallying point for the Occupy disenfranchised, and let everyone know what Lady Gaga had for breakfast.
That’s quite an accomplishment. As of August 2013, Twitter had 500 million registered users, 200 million of them active every month, who send an average of 400 million tweets per day — more than doubling in size every year.