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Twitter Now Wishes To Know “What’s Happening”

Twitter is bringing upon a relatively smaller change in its service which include replacing the prompting question “What are you doing?” that was mentioned atop the website’s status box since it moved into the blogosphere with that of a new tagline “What’s Happening?”.

The move, which perceptibly aims at inciting users to share whatever’s happening around them with other members on the website, was announced by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in his blog post on Thursday.

“Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service -- an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, 'What are you doing?”, Stone quoted in a blog post.

But this preliminary characteristic of the hugely popular microblogging website has long been transformed and the website has evolved magnificently as an interactive platform to let people share whatever they have in their mind, Stone mentioned.

Denoting the new change in the website, he quoted: “What are you doing?' isn't the right question anymore. Starting today, we've shortened it by two characters. Twitter now asks, "What's happening?”

However, the new change would hardly have an impact on the way people use this microblogging service, he added.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.