Twitter was started by Jack Dorsey, an NYU student. He wanted to offer an SMS service as an alternative to social media sites like Facebook and MySpace. Dorsey sent out his first tweet on March 21, 2006. The site went public July 15, 2006 and started to become popular in 2007.
Twitter is a form of microblogging because it allows users to send out messages that are 140 characters or less. Hashtags, represented by a “#,” represent popular topics and keywords. However, Twitter users should not tweet too often, as they might lose followers. It is best to follow the 4:1:1 rule– tweet four times, retweet once, and tweet about oneself once.
Twitter is a fantastic tool for journalists as long as journalists tweet in a timely fashion. It is a way to connect with readers and viewers, find photos and videos of events, and put their work out there for the public to access.