On Friday the High Court in London awarded £24,000 in damages to food blogger Jack Monroe after she sued Katie Hopkins, a former contestant on The Apprentice who now writes for the Daily Mail, for libel.
The case centred on two tweets sent by Hopkins that implied Monroe had defaced a war memorial, and legal experts say the judgment now forms the leading case in English law on Twitter and libel.
In his 28-page ruling, the judge in the case, Mr Justice Warby, explained that although Twitter was "widely used and very well known", it was a "relatively new medium, and not every knows all the details of how it works". So as an appendix to the judgment, he attached a 26-point "How Twitter Works" guide that had been agreed by the two parties.
So here is the definitive, judicially endorsed description of Twitter.