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Twitter is supposed to be nothing more than a space for people to offer short thoughts on any given topic.
What is a Twitter hashtag?
Using Twitter for professional purposes has become common since the introduction of hashtags. Thanks to these modern marvels, it is easier than ever to draw traffic, catch the attention of a target audience, follow trends and manage reputation.
Although Lists isn’t a new concept ( Friendfeed has had them for months) they have proven to be a great addition to Twitter.
Twitter is immensely useful as a utility for joining in the global conversation and sharing thoughts, opinions, information, and media. But for new users, there's also a fairly steep learning curve.
Jeremy Cole , a DBA Team Lead/Database Architect at Twitter, gave a really good talk at the O'Reilly MySQL conference: Big and Small Data at @Twitter , where the topic was thinking of Twitter from the data perspective. One of the interesting stories he told was of the transition from Twitter's old way of storing tweets using temporal sharding , to a more distributed approach using a new tweet store called T-bird, which is built on top of Gizzard , which is built using MySQL.