Morgan Stanley Smith Barney today made the inevitable official by allowing a test group of 600 wealth management advisors to use Twitter in a limited capacity to connect and interact with clients and prospective new clients.

A little more than a week after co-leading social networking site LinkedIn's spectacular initial public offering, the nation's largest retail brokerage got a jump on wealth management competitors UBS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America Merrill Lynch by publicly embracing the ubiquitous microblogging site.

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