Twitter is basically a simple social network. You can think of it as a hybrid of email, instant messaging and SMS messaging all rolled into one neat and simple package.
The idea behind twitter is that you broadcast to anyone who chooses to follow you, simple messages also known as “tweets”. It could be as simple as what you are doing right now or you could ask a question to your followers. Likewise you can choose to follow people and receive their messages.
Twitter also has:
- The ability to send direct messages to users instead of broadcasting to everyone,
- Mobile options to send and receive tweets via SMS messaging on your cell phone,
- Search options allowing you to find other Twitter users near your location,
- An API (application program interface) that allows 3rd party developers to develop some great applications.