"I started posting to Twitter just over a year ago after many
close friends spent concerted effort trying to convince me (and
many others) to join. My first post was 'Is this more than a fad?,'
a thought most new Twitter users have (Note: It's no fad--Twitter
has resonated with many people and site traffic is staggering). I
was initially skeptical of this service that looked like a cross
between instant messaging and blogging--something people often
refer to as 'micro-blogging.' Because Twitter only allows posts of
140 characters or less, you don't have a lot of room to share your
thoughts with that constraint. It didn't take long for me to see
the value in using Twitter to update and be updated by my friends
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