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5 Top Twitter Myths Busted

Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page.

More people are using Twitter than you may think. The stats from Nielsen Online report Twitter usage grew 1,382 percent from February 2008 to February 2009, and more than 7 million new U.S. users signed up in February alone [source:¬†Ostrow]. Even with such impressive numbers, Twitter’s audience retention rate is at about 40 percent [source:¬†Wayne].

With such interest in Twitter, it’s no surprise there are various myths swirling around about it. Who’s perpetuating them? The media, twitterers, maybe even you. We’re going to look at five of the big ones here.

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Is Twitter in some Serious Trouble?

New users aren’t signing up for Twitter like they used to, according to numbers¬†provided to WebProNews by a developer with access to Twitter’s API.

9.4 million users tweeted for the first time in July, and that monthly total has only declined in the four months since.

Keep in mind, though, that while the month-over-month numbers don’t look great, Twitter is still growing at a much faster pace at the end of 2009 than it was in the beginning. 7.1 million new users tweeted in November 2009, whereas only 1.3 million people joined the service in January.

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