According to Wikipedia, Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). The San Francisco-based service, launched in 2006, has become immensely popular, with growth estimated by Nielson at 1,382% between February 2008 and February 2009, and anecdotal reports of a continuing explosion through the first half of 2009. Compared with other social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, Twitter is touted for its utter simplicity, often referred to by co-founder Biz Stone as just “a messaging system that you didn’t know you needed until you had it.” Twitter has evolved from its almost cliché use as a simple way for friends and family to keep each other up-to-date on events in their daily life to news services, businesses, nonprofits, religious leaders and institutions, notable public figures and even members and branches of the US Government using the service to inform and engage with their customers, contributors, followers, fans and constituents. Uses vary almost as much as those of blogs and web pages as the Twitter population booms and new applications are conceived of. The editors of Hinduism Today magazine and Hindu Press International announced their Twitter account today to connect more with its readers and share the uniquely focused perspective they have on happenings both within the Hindu world and of interest to Hindus around the globe. To sign up for a Twitter account, visit twitter.com. Follow @HinduismToday, where Hinduism Today’s editorial staff will post information about pertinent events and articles, useful thoughts as well as daily HPI headlines.
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Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.