What Is Twitter?

First it was instant messaging, then came MySpace and Facebook.

Now there's an even faster way to communicate with people you know.

This way is not just for friends and family, it's also a way for schools, government officials and even news anchors to chat.

It has been described as the fastest growing internet phenomena.

Millions of people and groups have created Twitter accounts, giving people instant status updates.

From local goverments to Universities it appears everybody seems to be doing it.

Even Stars like Brad Pitt can offer instant updates on what he's up to, but what is Twitter?

“It’s become this kind of communication tool for individuals, corporations, and universities like ours. Just to share basic blurbs of information. Just quick takes on what's going on here,” Jamie Hornbuckle, Morehead State University said.

Twitter also comes with its own set of lingo.

Subscribers are called “Followers” and instant updates are "Tweets."

But only followers who sign up can get tweets.

In Morehead's case students, alumni, staff and community members make up their hundreds of "followers."

Followers get the instant updates through facebook, email or even on their cell phones.

Hornbuckle says she tries to Tweet at least once a day.

In addition to deadlines and information of interest, Twitter may soon supplement campus safety alerts in Morehead.

Many Twitter subscribers use it to keep up with family members and friends... A tweet could be anything from "I am at the mall" to "it's a girl."

Most everyone agrees that it's a new, fast way to communicate.

You can also follow what WYMT is doing on Twitter.

All of our anchors, reporters, and producers have a Twitter page.


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