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The new newswire: A Dutch student called Michael

  • Jeremy Wagstaff

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 3 2008   /  12:52 am

I've written about Twitter before in these pages, but I make only a mild apology for writing about it again. Twitter, in case you missed it the first time around, is an online service that lets anyone -- you, me, companies, organizations, the Queen -- send short SMS-like messages to a web page that can be viewed by others who "subscribe" to your updates. Twitter has come a long way since it was launched. Although I must confess I don't use it as much as I used to (I have more real world friends on Facebook, so prefer to see what they're up to there), it has taken on a life of its own in places like the U.S. and Europe, where hundreds of thousands of Twitterers share their thoughts, activities, or links to websites in messages called "tweets". Most interesting, perhaps, it's become a sort of wire service for news; the BBC and other news sites have "f...