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Twitter is a real-time online social networking platform that allows users to post messages of up to 140 characters as well as photographs and links to other websites. These are known as tweets. It was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey. As of 2012 it reported over 500 million active users generating over 340 million tweets daily, making it one of the world's most visited websites. 

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Saturday, 8 September, 2012, 5:58pm

Now you can search Twitter archive for every tweet sent since 2006

Twitter had built a searchable index of the billions of tweets posted during the past eight years. Photo: Twitter

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006.

20 Nov 2014 - 5:25am

Twitter lets users listen instantly to music and other audio in tweets

All it takes is one tap to start the audio stream. Listeners can enjoy the content and see all the info and art full-screen, or minimize it without interrupting audio. They can continue to use Twitter while streaming audio.

Twitter has begun letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular microblogging service.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:46am

French bank allows customers to transfer money via Twitter

Twitter is eager to gain a foothold in new payment services for mobile phones or apps. Photo: Reuters

One of France's largest banks has launched a service to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter.

15 Oct 2014 - 5:19am

Twitter sues United States government over disclosure of national security information requests

Twitter is taking the US government to court. Photo: Reuters

Twitter is suing the US Department of Justice, intensifying its battle with federal agencies as the internet industry's self-described champion of free speech seeks the right to reveal the extent of US government surveillance.

9 Oct 2014 - 4:42am

Twitter seeks to raise US$1.5b from debt offer

Twitter has made several small acquisitions, including the purchase of social-data provider Gnip for US$134.1 million in May.

Twitter is tapping debt markets for the first time, with plans to raise as much as US$1.5 billion to invest in acquisitions and expansion.

12 Sep 2014 - 8:17am

Twitter declines after sales lock on shares ends

Twitter shares dropped 3.7 per cent on Wednesday to US$30.66 at the close in New York. Photo: Reuters

Twitter shares fell to the lowest level since the company's initial public offering, following the lifting of restrictions on stock sales by insiders and early investors.

9 May 2014 - 1:14am

Erdogan vows to go after Twitter

Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey's prime minister said he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims.

13 Apr 2014 - 6:00am

Twitter plans to release mobile advertising product

Twitter is expanding its mobile-ad offerings as it works to deliver on the promise of its November initial public offering. Photo: EPA

Twitter is planning to release a mobile-advertising product in the next few weeks that application makers can use to encourage downloads of their programs, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

28 Mar 2014 - 11:42pm

Turkey's Twitter ban appears to backfire

Members of the Turkish Youth Union hold cartoons depicting Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against a ban on Twitter in Ankara, Turkey on Friday. Photo: AP

The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara’s efforts were backfiring.

After Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out” Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of help from activists, Internet companies and others.

22 Mar 2014 - 10:43am

Turkey's PM Erdogan threatens to wipe out Twitter

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Twitter has been largely shut down in Turkey, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out” the social network which, along with others, was highlighting corruption allegations against his inner circle.

22 Mar 2014 - 12:09am

Twitter chief's Shanghai visit may signal growing interest in China

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo arrives at Shanghai's Pudong Airport. Photo: Reuters

Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai municipal government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signalling Twitter's interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million internet users.

18 Mar 2014 - 1:11am

Twitter's stock falls 18 per cent on paltry growth in users

Twitter's user growth fell in every quarter last year. Photo: AFP

Twitter reported its slowest pace of user growth in recent history, dimming hopes the social media phenomenon can sustain its torrid pace of expansion and wiping out nearly a fifth of the company's value in after-hours trading.

7 Feb 2014 - 2:00am

Hong Kong courtrooms now permit tweeting, texting

Professor Doreen Weisenhaus

Legal and media scholars have praised the judiciary’s decision to allow live text-based communication from court – paving the way for journalists and members of the public to tweet and send e-mail messages.

29 Jan 2014 - 12:31pm 1 comment

Apple buys Twitter data analysis firm Topsy

Apple buys Twitter data analysis firm Topsy

Apple has acquired social media search and analytics start-up Topsy, an unusual purchase for a hardware-focused company that has made few forays into social networking.

4 Dec 2013 - 6:28am