Happy birthday Twitter. Why do we tweet?

Happy birthday Twitter. Why do we tweet?

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Twitter is eight tomorrow. Its my favourite form of social media because it is, ad products aside, truly democratic and social. In the last week or so I asked my network to share favourite moments from Twitter in recent years, and reasons for tweeting.

I should have known that the response would be enthusiastic and noisy. It included business development, connecting and conversation, job hunting, news, research and much more.

I've included a selection of the responses below. Thanks to everyone that joined in the conversation and apologies if I have omitted your response.

If you don't use Twitter there'll almost certainly be a reason that you should based on these responses. In fact you might want to print out this web page and share it with Twitter deniers.

Em Murphy-Wearmouth's tweet is one of my favourite ever.

Twitter has 200 million active users, or thereabouts. It has a market capitalisation of around $30 billion but let's not forget it has still to make a profit (net loss of $511 million Q4 2013) and continues to build an ad-funded business model.

We'll find out in the next eight years whether its successful. In the meantime happy birthday Twitter.

Your best bits

#1 Conversation

#2 Business development

#3 Job hunting

#4 Building networks

#5 Information sharing

#6 News

#7 Listening

#8 Learning and development

#9 Research

#10 Sport

#11 Brainstorming

#12 Organisational communication

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