There's still debate about whether Twitter is a mainstream phenomenon, but Google's instant popularity on it should dispel any doubts the microblogging service has become an essential tool in tech-savvy circles.
Google's Twitter account attracted 27,176 followers in the less than two full days since its launch Wednesday. That's nearly one every 5 seconds.
Google's first tweet was characteristically nerdy. "I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010." Translated, first from binary to decimal ASCII codes to letters: "I'm feeling lucky."
Google hasn't attained the Twitter follower popularity of Barack Obama, with 333,381 as of Friday morning, but it is a remarkably fast ascent. Microsoft's Live Search Twitter account has 1,536 followers, and Yahoo's Twitter account has 4,876. Yahoo climbed aboard the Twitter bandwagon two and a half weeks ago. … Read more