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Twitter

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. 

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco to raise heat over charcoal sales

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011, 12:00am

Who said it?

Once the post-quake reconstruction efforts are settled, I will pass on my responsibility to younger generations

Embattled Japanese PM Naoto Kan signals he will step down

We are not trying to hold China down. China has been a great power for thousands of years. It is a global power and will be a global power

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

A case of handbags at dawn for bosses at Milan Station

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

www.social_media_impact.com

If you morphed Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, you'd end up with something called 'You Twit Face'. Of course, you would. Glibness aside, clearly this technology is a major element of our society's zeitgeist. It's part of the modern fabric of how dating, business and friendships are conducted, not to mention adding a new dimension to the voyeuristic cult of celebrity-watching.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

David Tang gets it right (not many people know that)

Entrepreneur David Tang Wing-cheung is on a mission to help the rich and famous set the record straight.

His new brainchild is Icorrect, a website where celebrities can rectify untruths said about them.

Take British actor Michael Caine. For years he has been mimicked with the words: 'Not many people know that.'

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mystery behind the rallying call that unnerved the security apparatus

Is it a well-organised campaign or a massive overreaction by the mainland's security apparatus?

It started off as an anonymous posting on the internet last week, urging people to rally in 13 mainland cities last Sunday afternoon to emulate the 'jasmine revolutions' that have rocked the Arab world and brought down two heads of state.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Nothing can stop the empty chair, one Net user writes as officials race to remove offending posts

Photos of an empty chair posted online were circulated by mainland internet users yesterday to pay tribute to jailed human rights activist Liu Xiaobo before his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Keep training short and simple

Lawrence Lee, director of corporate learning and development for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, and a speaker at last week's HR Magazine conference, has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Tweeting their hearts out

Stanley Tang is a first-year student at Stanford University in California. Josh Lam has just begun studying architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Yet it's on Twitter that these two academic high-achievers really stand out.

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Crackdown begins on microblog activities

The online crackdown on mainland microblog sites that many activists feared has begun, with a massive self-censorship campaign resulting in the removal of sensitive content, the shutdown of some accounts and a reversion to testing mode.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

House arrest for lawyers, dissidents

A group of dissidents and rights lawyers in Beijing have been placed under house arrest or harassed for planning a get-together at a homeless activist's tent yesterday.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Young Filipinos provide non-stop, real-time tweets on day at the polls

Filipino youth voting for the first time packed polling stations yesterday - and they brought their cellphones with them.

From the moment the polls opened at 7am, cyberspace was flooded with tweets from young voters standing in lines.

'Today is the historic automated national and local elections. Go out and exercise your right to vote,' one tweet said.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Airport dissident home with family for Lunar New Year

Prominent dissident and blogger Feng Zhenghu began relaxing with family in Shanghai yesterday after months of 'abnormal life' in enforced exile in Japan.

The Charter 08 signatory said officials had not placed any restrictions on his movements when they finally allowed him to enter the country - on his ninth attempt in eight months.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Laudable attempt to reach young audience

Governments are generally not renowned for being innovative. They like to play it safe. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's office has broken the mould with a comic book to encourage young people to express views about the upcoming budget.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Short and tweet

Classic literature is taking a fearful beating in 2009. First, American writer Seth Grahame-Smith mashed up Pride and Prejudice with a zombie novel. Jane Austen would have turned in her grave - had she not been re-animated and infected with the desire to feed on human flesh.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am