Great—you're gonna (mostly) love it.

This immediacy has made Twitter the go-to place to watch protests unfold around the world, follow and comment on sports games or TV shows as they happen, and make fun of celebrity missteps right when the news is hot.

Anyone can be a reporter or a cultural critic on Twitter, and that's led to a universe of diverse viewpoints, all amplified organically.

But if you're tweeting text, you're limited to 280 characters.

It helps make your tweets pithy, and there's much less rambling you have to read when scanning other tweets.

You'll want to use a phone you actually have access to because the next step will ask you to verify a number sent via text.

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