Advantages Speedy to use, simple to use and easy to register. Anonymity if you so wish.
Disadvantages Lacks the features of other social networking sites, some unsavoury characters.
Until very recently I didn't really get Twitter. It always seemed to me to be Facebook's inferior cousin. You know like when you watch the remake of The Karate Kid and just think, "There isn't anything wrong with it but what does it actually add to the franchise?" There are a few reasons however why Twitter is taking more chunks out of my time by the day whereas my interest in facebook is on the wane.For the people who don't know, Twitter is a social networking site that allows you to share your thoughts with other people online. Where it differs from the likes of myspace, Bebo and facebook is that it doesn't offer anywhere near the amount of bells and whistles that these and many other sites do. If you want games and applications Twitter is not the place to be. If you want to listen to music by new bands or watch videos Twitter will offer you nothing but links to other sites. Stripped down to the bare bones Twitter offers you just one thing, the ability to express yourself to the twittering community in no more 140 characters or less.
Yep, that is not a typo. Just 140 characters which includes spaces and punctuation. Of course if you want to ramble more you can link to offsite blogs etc but fundamentally Twitter is about being short and sweet and this is one of the things I have come to love about it. No rambling melancholic posts about 97% of people not posting this status on their walls, no endless links to crappy music videos, just people sharing their short opinions on their World.As you have so little space to say what you think you find yourself getting creative with your text to squeeze out those characters. Refreshingly despite the overwhelming temptation, a lot of people don't resort to text/online speak so U do not get 2 much of this kind of stuff to read! Joining is very easy requiring only one page of name, username and password stuff to get going initially. This is much more pleasant than wading through the now multiple pages you get when you join the majority of sites although you have to be creative with your username as some outlandish ones are taken. Of course once joined up you can add the usual personalisation to your viewing profile including avatars, backgrounds and a short bio. However, this is a stripped down service so you won't need to be constantly titivating as it is more about what you say rather than how pretty things are. The whole site is very streamlined in predominantly white and black and this makes it very easy to navigate and a joy to the eyes. Indeed, it is so streamlined that you can quite happily use it on your mobile and post a new tweet via text. It is all about the speed and ease of use.
What marks out Twitter from other sites is the anonymity it can give you if you so wish. There is a certain freedom of speech on here that you simply do not get on facebook. Whereas everyone from your work colleagues and your nan will probably see what you have written in your latest facebook status. If you choose an anonymous username you can be free to say whatever you please with the repercussions of a telling off from your mum!
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