Every now and then, we receive news of a new social tool online. While some tools never make it past the “hype stage,” there are some which actually do stand the test of time. I am not sure if Twitter can be considered to fall under the latter category but it sure has been around for quite some time and its popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. If you are not familiar with Twitter, then I just might be wrong! However, there are big personalities in the blogging world, the SEO-verse, and all sorts of other sub-cultures online who are Twittering their way around cyberspace.

Just a brief description for those who are lost. I think Wikipedia’s description sums it up pretty well:

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS, email or through an application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. For SMS, four gateway numbers are currently available: short codes for the United States, Canada, and India, as well as a United Kingdom-based number for international use. Several third parties offer posting and receiving updates via email.

As of July 2008, over 2,200,000 accounts were registered.

Think about your MSN or other IM status line. Transport that to a social platform that is more widespread. That is what you get when you Twitter.

I read a blog post about whether or not Twittering is a good thing with regard to SEO. Come to think of it, you can actually get information to your readers faster and there is interaction as well. I am not so sure as to SEO implications, however. What do you think?