The micro-blogging bug is in the air and is spreading like a virus. As the social networking websites come tumbling down with overweight of “sheep throwing” applications and “which celebrity will you marry” quizzes, Twitter has emerged as the new love amongst techies and people otherwise.

The service has now transformed from just a medium to display your daily status message to more of global information network. We know that everyone including celebrities, geeks and news channels have something or the other to display but here are some uses which you might not have known about.

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Google reader has been the best web-based RSS reader and one of my personal favorites too. Although, upon logging for the first time in the day, I realized that Twitter was able to rub its status update feature on it. In this update, Google lets you choose that which all people you would like to “follow” (doesn’t that sound like Twitter lingo) to get the updates from them.

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Twitter has been growing fast and one of the key reasons is the applications that have been build for and around it. Recently, twitter users were seen requesting for an invite from TweetBoard, a new service that enables a small public forum where website visitors can come and have discussions. Interestingly, the service got great initial buzz and it looks to me that it’ll be able to make bloggers or webmasters to install this little wonder on their web pages.

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Twitter has been my work place, playground and I’ve been hooked to it since I started using it actively. Not only it helps me find latest information about my favorite topics, it helps me connect with new people pretty easily. It also helps me in getting clients, isn’t that like “the cashew nuts in hot chocolate fudge”?

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Twitter has become best friend of marketers, researchers and is also used by various corporates to connect with possibly new clients or to connect with their existing customers and find out the reaction of the users about their product and services. This is all possible through Real Time Search. There have been few real time search engines that are mostly based around Twitter, like Twitscoop, Scoopler, Twingly, Searchmerge, Collecta and very latest CrowdEye. All these real time search engines have some added advantage over each other and with help of these nifty tools, one can surely improve their blog and reach the latest trends and hot topics with super ease!

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My eyes froze on a post that read “How I find customers and make money with Twitter” while I was going through my feed reader. I was curious to know that what are the other tricks that Twitter users are using to market their products or services. I’ll say that there was nothing new in that post, however I realized that I haven’t shared this simplest trick with any one of you.

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Does Twitter deserve the kind of coverage it gets on tech blogs? That’s the question Amit Agarwal has posted on his wonderful blog and exactly same question was going through my mind a few days back and I thought of writing something about it too. After looking at that post, I can only say that Amit has given me the opportunity to answer the question slightly quickly. We are seeing literally hundreds of applications, thousands of posts and even more number of tweets about Twitter. That definitely sounds like over dose to me, amit and many of you like us.

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