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. 

Who said it?

I'm very positive and I'm not greedy. I also do yoga and meditate every day

Chan Sui-wan, 98, on his secret to a long life as Hong Kong is shown to have one of the highest life expectancies in the world

Sunday, 1 April, 2012, 12:00am

Deep and meaningful

Top photo

Packing tape is good for packing boxes and holding things together, but for American street artist Mark Jenkins, it is a flexible material to create one-of-a-kind clear tape sculptures.

Once he's done with a piece, he leaves it on the street because he wants to turn the street into a stage as people interact around his sculptures.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How to Leave Twitter

How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent Audible (audiobook)

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Media censorship of premier's words mocked online

The official media's decision to change a transcript of remarks by Premier Wen Jiabao to refer to 'weibo' rather than Twitter has been ridiculed by mainland internet users frustrated at being blocked from overseas social networks.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Microblogs' contribution to rule of law praised

The state-run Procuratorial Daily has praised the role of microblogs in helping to build the rule of law. In its 2011 Blue Book on the Rule of Law in China, released yesterday, it said the most significant achievement last year was the completion of a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, which allowed China to properly enter an age of the rule of law.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

Welcome to Twitter. I've left you a Happy New Year message on my voicemail

British politician John Prescott's tweet to Rupert Murdoch, whose newspapers are in the midst of a row over hacking of voicemail

I detest this kind of snooping and will by no means allow it to happen

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A price to pay for a freewheeling web

There has always been an element of addiction about the internet, but the explosive popularity of Twitter has made it especially so. The social networking site has become a place for information about what the rich and famous are doing. Anyone who is anyone - or believes they are - has a presence; some attract millions of fans, and newshounds.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Asia's social media trends under the microscope

Asia's first social media laboratory is being set up at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Role of social media as sources in the spotlight

The internet had given the public a voice and was a treasure trove of first-hand information for journalists, a gathering of international editors in Hong Kong was told yesterday.

But many of the panelists at the conference also underscored the importance of verifying these online sources.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bloggers face new controls to block rumour-mongers

Beijing internet regulators will tighten controls by expanding a real-name registration system to rein in rumour-mongering and clean up content, state media said yesterday.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Making people vanish

The 'disappearance' of outspoken individuals has become a regular event in China in recent years.

But the disappearance of dozens of high-profile lawyers, bloggers and rights activists linked to calls for a 'jasmine revolution' in China in February is even more troubling than usual, because of the silence many of them have maintained since their 'reappearance'.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Loss of freedom

Disappeared but now released:

Tang Jitian, lawyer: Detained from February 19 to March 5; resumed postings on Twitter and microblog on July 26

Jiang Tianyong, lawyer: Held from February 19 to April 19; resumed postings on microblog on June 16 and on Twitter on August 12

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

World eyes fighting and famine in Africa

Top iTunes album downloads

Top 10 albums on iTunes Music Store (August 24, 2011)

1 Hell on Heels, Pistol Annies

2 21, Adele

3 Torches, Foster the People

4 Muppets: The Green Album, Various Artists

5 Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons

6 I'm With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Legco to raise heat over charcoal sales

6 Jul 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