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  • A Web-based social networking service cofounded by the software engineers Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone in 2006. The tool asks users the driving question “What are you doing?” and broadcasts the response (a “tweet”) to other Twitter users who are registered and subscribed to their fellow users' updates (“followers”). The short text message updates are limited to fewer than 140 characters and can reach many users at one time. The impetus for the creation of the service was to provide an easy method to keep in touch with friends and family and simultaneously to quell the information overload perceived in the digital age of the early 21st century. Fans find it to be an effective communication and marketing tool, while critics contend that it is ...

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