How did Twitter revolutionize online communications?

Author's Note

I live in a family of Twitter converts. Yet even amidst this affinity for Tweeting, I'm still not completely sold on Twitter's relevance in my own life. That's right -- in spite (or perhaps because) of being doused every day in social media of every flavor, I'm one of the many Twitter doubters out there. That's primarily because I've already adopted texts, e-mails and Facebook as my primary forms of Internet communication. Still, I do use Twitter on a daily basis for business purposes, and slowly, but surely, it's worming itself into my workflow. Perhaps someday very soon I'll join the rest of my family as Twitter-adoring Tweeters.

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