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->''"[[Administrivia/BrevityIsWit Brevity is the soul of wit.]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare''', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (follow his Twitter [[http://twitter.com/shakespearesays here]])

[[http://twitter.com/ Twitter]] is a "microblogging" service, where users post 140-character "tweets". They can be mundane reporting on their life, a wry one-liner, or the start of an Internet campaign that will snowball and end up with international media coverage. Really, for just 140 characters, there's lots of potential.

The site's open, public API allows for its adaptation and use on many different platforms. Android, iPhone, browser extension, desktop software, mobile phone... you can tweet from just about every device going. Hell, you can even [[http://oomlout.co.uk/?p=79 monitor tweets with a typewriter]]!

The site is popular and trendy. The real-time search function, which allows you to search all (public) tweets being made for any word or phrase you wish, is one of the most popular aspects of the site. This is combined with the "trending topics", a list of the ten most popular topics at the moment, based on how much they're being tweeted about. This list of trending topics will almost always include Music/JustinBieber, at least until Twitter supposedly banned his name from trending and his fans made "let Bieber trend" a trend instead. When they were no longer able to do that, they resorted to trends like "Bustin Jieber". Still, Justin Bieber related topics trend almost every day, and in 2012, they were joined by topics about British-Irish boy band One Direction.

Twitter has gotten a lot of media attention. Major events tend to be covered rapidly through the system, and it has become hip in Hollywood for a celebrity to have a Twitter account. Twitter nicknames get given out like email addresses. In fact, despite the Biebermania, Twitter appears to be the first FriendingNetwork type site (aside from work-oriented [=LinkedIn=]) in which thirtysomething media professionals outnumber teenagers.

You can follow [[https://twitter.com/tvtropesnews TVTropes on Twitter]], or browse TVTropes Twitter-style with the LaconicWiki.

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!!Twitter provides examples of:

* AwesomeButImpractical: Streaming is avalilable on some mobile clients, but it will eat through your battery very quickly.
* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: BigBrotherIsWatching--not to mention the rest of the world. The number of athletes and celebrities that have gotten themselves into hot water because of controversial or offensive tweets is downright staggering.
** Early in the 2012 OlympicGames, three athletes were singled out for controversial and/or racist tweets. Two of those athletes were summarily expelled from the Games.
* BeigeProse: Though it's still impressive how much you can say within 140 characters. Japanese and Chinese users can put quite an amount of information into 140 characters due to how their language works, though.
* CharacterBlog: Many fictional characters have a presence as well. Most are roleplayed (look for the telltale "''[RP]''" or "role-played" somewhere in their profile), but some are 'genuine' in the sense that their origin company controlled them. You can see a list of some of them [[CharacterBlog/{{Twitter}} here]].
* FanGirl: Many. Why do you think Justin Bieber never stops trending?
** TheJonasBrothers, Music/ArianaGrande, SelenaGomez, DemiLovato, MileyCyrus, BritneySpears, KatyPerry and LadyGaga get plenty of trends, too.
** Practically everyday, Music/OneDirection seems to get at ''least'' one trend. In fact, there is almost always a trend about them at one given time, and are now far more frequently trending than Bieber.
* FoodPorn: Look at this awesome sandwich I just made! @everyone
* GameBreakingBug:
** As of August 31st, 2010, this has happened to any Twitter application only using Basic Authentication.
** The new [=OAuth=] implementation is broken itself. It basically requires the identification keys to be hard-coded into the clients, and Twitter has announced they are going to be de-authenticating compromised keys. And, yeah, the keys to the official Twitter client for Android are a string dump away.
** As if they weren't already suffering from an overly severe [[ButtMonkey buttmonkeydom]], Zune users had to wait 2 weeks for their ''official'' app to be fixed after the switchover.
** As of June 7, 2013, any app that does not use the current version 1.1 API is dead, as Twitter permanently shut off API 1.0. While some developers will take notice and update their clients to use the new API, you may as well uninstall any long-[[{{Abandonware}} abandoned]] clients that you use.
* IAmSpartacus:
** After Paul Chambers lost his appeal against his conviction for tweeting a joke about blowing up Robin Hood airport, people began retweeting the original message en masse with this attached as a hashtag.
** During the protests in Iran in 2009, lots of users set their location to Tehran in an effort to thwart the country's censors.
* {{Nerf}}: With version 1.0 of the API, you can constantly refresh your timeline, so long as you have API calls (which you are allowed 350 of per hour) left. However, version 1.1 aims to gimp this; you can only refresh your timeline, mentions, and direct messages 15 times per 15 minutes each. This is not a problem if you use Twitter lightly, or use a client that streams tweets (which will not consume API calls), but if you are very active and/or follow a lot of people, particularly on most mobile clients, and especially if you tend to accidentally refresh more times than you try to, it's very easy to get "API limit exceeded" errors.
* NewMediaAreEvil:
** Inverted by old media's reaction to Twitter. They are crazy for it, and pretty much every old-media organization had set up multiple Twitter accounts (plus dozens of individual personal accounts for employees) before it even really caught on. See also SmallReferencePools, below.
** Played straight by younger media -- for example, read the hilariously hypocritical message board rants against it. Boo, any interpersonal e-communication that isn't e-mail... wait...
* ObviousBeta: Users became very familiar with the "Fail Whale" seen in the page image. The site suffers a lot of smaller hiccups frequently.
* OrwellianEditor: The ability to delete tweets allows a user to be one.
* {{Overheating}}:
** Refreshing your timeline, interactions, and direct messages is limited to 15 times per 15 minutes each. If you tend to refresh your timeline a lot on a mobile device, this can happen easily, especially if you accidentally make extra refreshes. Other actions, such as refreshing lists, searches, or a user's tweets, have similar limits.
** Tweeting too much within one hour or so (usually on the order of about 60-70 tweets) will disable you from tweeting again for a while, usually an hour at most. This is known amongst many users as "Twitter jail", and usually happens as a result of rapid-fire conversations with other users or livetweeting events. Generally, if you see someone with a six-digit tweet count, chances are they've been jailed at least once. Outside of jailings, each account is limited to 1,000 tweets per day.
** Private messages, however, have a cap of 250 messages sent per day.
* [[PleaseSelectNewCityName Please Select New City Hashtag]]: Sometimes hashtags collide. For instance, #btv had been used primarily for discussions pertaining to Burlington, Vermont (from the city's airport code), until a massive influx of Arabic-language posts in early 2011 referring to Bahrain Television, after which the Burlington folks switched to #bvt.
* SmallReferencePools:
** TheBBC, in particular, is ''obsessed to an indescribable degree'' with Twitter. Any news that can possibly be related to anything to do with technology or society in general, never mind the Internet, is determinedly dragged around by its news interviewers to the subject of Twitter, often leading to the more net-savvy interviewees becoming bewildered.
** Creator/{{CNN}} has a Twitter problem. ''Series/TheDailyShow'' has taken to mocking them for it.
* TheTetrisEffect:
** The practice of "@-replies" has spread to other blog comments and forums, such as on Website/{{Tumblr}} where putting @username in a post produces a link to the person's blog and an alert on their dashboard.
** From Cheezburger Network's "Failbooking";
--->'''OP''': It seems like Twitter-style hashtags have replaced HTML-style coding as Internet shorthand for meta-commentary.\\
'''Reply''':
* UnPerson: Twitter's "recalibration" of their Trending Topics algorithm was obviously meant to do this to Music/JustinBieber.
** It's more accurate to say that Bieber fans [[OverusedRunningGag clogged the trending topics]].
* WorldOfHam
* WorldOfSnark

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