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Twitter, Tweets, Peeps, Hashtags and More By Jacqueline Duda Twitter is a social networking website that has quickly grown into a commonplace and popular communications tool. It combines social networking as well as blogging to create a new and expressive outlet. Like Facebook, it offers people the opportunity to connect with friends and family or simply express their feelings and opinions with the click of a button. Twitter messages known, as “tweets” are similar to the format of a text message. Tweets allow for 140 characters to be displayed. They can be anything the tweeter wants them to be: thoughts, feelings, pictures, links, even a personal message to someone. Users are able to send other users tweets by mentioning the individual within the message. This is done by using the @ symbol before the person’s username, or through a direct message. A direct message (DM) is sent privately to the individual. A username can be anything a person wants it to be, as long it doesn’t include any spaces, whether it is simply your name, or a witty spin-off of your name. For example, my Twitter username is @jjayyDEE. With my initials being J.D. it is my attempt at being cleaver.
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