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.