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Twitter is a fun way to stay in the loop.

Twitter is a fun way to stay in the loop.

Twitter is a free social networking site that is taking the online world by storm. Essentially it's a kind of online subscription service for text messages. Users register at www.twitter.com as a subscriber ("follower") of another Twitter user. They then receive regular brief updates, which are known as "tweets" and can be up to 140 characters long, from that person. Tweets can be anything from "having a coffee" to "check out this link".

Hundreds of thousands of people are already using this platform to stay connected with their friends, family and co-workers. It's also a great way to hear about interesting Web sites, since any user can also "twitter" Internet links to their followers.

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