Twitter is a real-time online social networking platform founded in 2006. 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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Monday, 14 January, 2013, 6:19am

Twitter user alleged to be behind Chavez rumours has home raided

Venezuelan intelligence officers have raided the home of a Twitter user suspected of spreading rumours about the health of President Hugo Chavez.

The alleged microblogger, Federico Medina Ravell, is the cousin of a prominent opposition figure, prompting concerns that a lengthy "information war" between the government and its opponents could be escalating.

10 Jan 2013 - 5:09am

Twitter likely to launch IPO in 2014

Twitter likely to mark IPO for 2014

Twitter is about to celebrate its seventh year amid speculation that a shake-up of its management ranks before the Christmas holidays might pave the way for an initial public offering as soon as next year.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Bryant attracts over 340,000 Twitter fans

Los Angeles Lakers' star Kobe Bryant. Photo: AP

You can add Kobe Bryant’s name to the list of National Basketball Association stars who are reaching out to fans via Twitter.

The Los Angeles Lakers player ended his holdout and set up an account on the social media network on Friday, tweeting: “The antisocial has become social.”

5 Jan 2013 - 2:19pm

Twitter valued at US$11b as it prepares IPO plan for 2014

Twitter is thought to be worth around US$11 billion. Photo: SMP PIctures

Twitter could float on the stock market next year with a valuation of around US$11 billion, according to analysts.

4 Jan 2013 - 2:36pm

Electronic turbulence: airlines and social media

Cathay cabin crew threats to withhold food or even smiles on a recent flight elicited Twitter comment. Photo: EPA

Disruptions to airline schedules can now be instantly relayed through social media sites, confronting carriers with real-time feedback that could either harm or burnish their image depending on how they respond.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Liverpool's Suso fined for calling teammate 'gay' on Twitter

A joking tweet landed Reds' player Suso in trouble. Photo: AP

Liverpool forward Suso was fined £10,000 (HK$126,000) after labelling teammate Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter.

Suso sparked protests last month when he posted a photo on the microblogging website of Reds defender Enrique having his teeth whitened and added a tweet which read: "What f**k is he doing? This guy is gay...he does everything except play football."

20 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Instagram to share data with Facebook

From next month Instagram’s new privacy policy clears the way for sharing data with its parent, social networking giant, Facebook. Photo: EPA

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram has refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

“Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them,” Instagram said in a blog post.

18 Dec 2012 - 1:17pm

The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data

The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data

Behind every successful man, there is supposed to be a woman. But behind every successful entertainer, you know for sure there is a genius manager. So it is with Lady Gaga. My children are "little monster" fans of the megastar, but I am absolutely in awe of her manager, Troy Carter, whose phenomenal intellect may well have made him one of our generation's great entrepreneurs.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:25am

Pope joins Twitter with pontifex handle

Screen shot of Pope's official twitter account. Photo: SCMP

Pope Benedict XVI is joining Twitter promising “pearls of wisdom” in eight languages under the handle pontifex, the Vatican announced on Monday.

3 Dec 2012 - 11:55pm

Briefs, November 22, 2012

A ceremony for fallen Gurkha soldiers in Nepal. Photo: AFP

American DJ held for dealing drugs

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Inciting 'untruthful terror-mongering' sees blogger arrested

Zhai Xiaobing

More than 200 people have signed an online petition calling for the release of a Beijing-based microgblogger who was detained for "untruthful terror-mongering" because of a microblog post he made two weeks ago ahead of the opening of the 18th party congress.

19 Nov 2012 - 7:58pm 2 comments

Xi Jinping's punctuality #FAIL wins him Twitter hashtag

Xi Jinping's punctuality #FAIL wins him Twitter hashtag

The country was told 11am but Xi and the other six members of the new Politburo Standing Committee didn't make their inaugural appearance until nearly noon. So Twitter made a hashtag.

15 Nov 2012 - 1:12pm

Briefs: US Election, November 8, 2012

A screen shows Barack Obama's post. It was re-tweeted 472,000 times in three hours. Photo: AFP

Twitter users get busy with 20 million posts

8 Nov 2012 - 4:15am

Election most tweeted event in US political history

Barack Obama announces victory via Twitter. Photo: AFP

Election day in the United States became the most tweeted about event in US political history on Tuesday with enthusiastic netizens firing off 20 million poll-related tweets, the social network said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am