On July 15, 2006, the microblogging site Twitter launched. Twitter is sometimes nicknamed the “sms of the internet.”#shortmessageservice
 
Twitter is an up-to-date site for personal messages. More profoundly, it’s a crowdsourcing platform.
 
Twitter has been instrumental in communicating information about political movements (#arabspring), and natural (#haitiearthquake) and man-made (#bostonbombing) disasters.
Arab Spring
Noun

(2010-ongoing) demonstrations and uprisings supporting democracy throughout North Africa and the Middle East.

blog
Noun

(web log) website that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

crowdsourcing
Noun

technique that enlists the public to assist with a specialized task.

influential
Adjective

important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.

instrumental
Adjective

important.

man-made
Noun

produced by people.

natural disaster
Noun

an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.

platform
Noun

basic computer technology, including both hardware and software, sometimes geared to a specific purpose or application.

political
Adjective

having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

profound
Adjective

powerful or insightful.

sms
Noun

(short message service) data application that allows short text messaging from one device (such as a cell phone) to another.

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