Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service that allows users to send messages to large groups of people all at once, has officially become an Internet sensation. Users of all stripes, from your average Joe to big-time celebrities, have embraced the medium as a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and fan bases. Maybe it's the simplicity of the system -- all you really need is a free account and a cell phone. Or maybe it's the ease with which you can send messages to tens of thousands of people. Celebrities like it because they can avoid the pitfalls of the traditional media outlets and deliver information straight from the horse's mouth. The messages, called tweets, can only be 140 characters long, so perhaps the popularity is due to the lack of serious commitment that running a Web site or blog entails.
Any way you slice it, Twitter has become a big hit. Actor Ashton Kutcher made headlines in 2009 when he became the first account holder to gain one million followers. If you signed up for Twitter today, you'd likely not have more than a couple. That brings up a spin on the age-old falling tree question -- if you twitter and no one is around to read it, does it make a difference? The good news is that there are ways you can sign up and gain many more followers than if you just left it up to chance. There are actual tactics you can use to become more popular in Twitterland, and your friends here at HowStuffWorks.com are here to help you out.
Read on to find out 10 ways you can stop twittering into the abyss.