To many people Twitter is now almost part of the background, just part of everyday life. To others though it is a bizarre and seemingly pointless enigma – something people do on their phones when they are not paying attention to what is happening in the real world. Well, the truth is that whilst a lot of people probably waste a bit of time on Twitter, it has also had a massive effect on the way we communicate, on the way news is broadcast and spread, and even in momentous political uprisings like the Arab Spring. It pays to understand a bit more about it, and you never know – you might just end up getting hooked yourself!
Twitter in Plain English