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Twitter as a real-time, breaking news service. Case in point: This Tweet sent by Twitter user Jānis Krūms immediately after US Airways Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River near New York City in January 2009.
And let's not forget that being a social network, striking up a conversation is at the core of this platform. What differentiates Twitter from Facebook is that many of these conversations (even between celebrities) are public entertainment for all of us.
After winning the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, Twitter said this Tweet from President Obama's account was viewed approximately 25 million times.