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China's Weibo ups character limit to 2,000 ahead of Twitter

Weibo, the Chinese social network usually viewed as the country's answer to Twitter, has axed its 140-character limit on user posts and dramatically increased the maximum length to 2,000 characters. It comes amid rumours of Twitter doing the same soon.

Op-Ed: Twitter turned 6 on March 21, or did it?

Twitter, the famous micro-blogging website apparently had its 6th birthday on 21 March 2012, but others say the birthday is actually on 15 July. Whichever it is, Twitter is having a major effect in the world.

Lady Gaga, the most popular person to follow on Twitter

The latest list of the people with the most followers on Twitter has been announced and there has been a change at the top with pop singer Lady Gaga pushing past Justin Bieber and ascending to the top spot with 20 million followers.

News Corp's Murdoch joins Twitter

New mogul Rupert Murdoch has joined the ranks of tweeters on the social media site Twitter. He has posted 17 messages to date.

Social media endorsements may prove lucrative for Charlie Sheen

Being fired from "Two and a Half Men" hasn't stopped Charlie Sheen from seeking the limelight. Because of America's love affair with celebrity train wrecks, a social networking endorsement deal could make Sheen a fortune.

NBA hits more than 2 million followers on Twitter

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has surpassed two million followers on Twitter. The NBA's 30 teams and more than 165 players have drawn a total of more than 23 million of combined followers.

Twitter Flies South, Shuts Down Outbound SMS Updates for Canadians

Canadian cellphone users can say goodbye to Twitter. The micro-blogging company announced it will no longer allow Canadians to receive outbound text messages. Twitter blames service providers who have doubled costs in the past few months.

Microblogging On The Campaign Trail

Live reporting via microblogging tools is receiving a boost due to the US primaries. Various newspapers are sending their reporters on the campaign trail who are supplementing their stories with tweets about significant developments.

Newspapers Lag Behind In Reaching Audiences Through Microblogging

Journalism and microblogging is all very well and hyped but what are the possibilities for audience building? Audience outreach projects involving news media and Twitter are only few and far between.
 

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