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Twitter, tweets, tweeters (or twitterers, rhymes with widowers, which is ironic because obsessive users can make their loved ones feel abandoned) are just some of the words used to describe this latest rage.

Twitter (www.twitter.com) is a free social network that allows users to communicate to groups of people in short bursts of text known as “tweets.” How short? Well, up to 140 characters, which can include links to stories, pictures or even video. That doesn’t seem like much text with which to communicate anything worthwhile, but with the right acronyms or “initialisms” (i.e., LOL or laugh out loud) and abbreviations, you can pack a lot into a few lines.

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