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. 

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

Sunday, 8 January, 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

Lai See

A case of handbags at dawn for bosses at Milan Station

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

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