This week’s reading, we take a look at the reading “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live”, by Steven Johnson. I think by now everyone knows what Twitter is all about and how it functions. For those who are still a little left behind in the social media world, Twitter is a social media platform which enables friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages of 140 characters or less and are known as ‘Tweets’. These messages/updates are posted on your profile timeline, sent to your ‘followers’ and are searchable on Twitter search.
In addition to the 140 characters, users can search for specific news or information using the hashtag symbol, (#). Users can share their thoughts and discuss a specific topic using the hashtag symbol. Although 140 characters may seem like there is nothing much you can ‘tweet’ or update about, Twitter serves as a more simple and direct social media platform to share news, information and updates. Unlike Facebook which is clutter with spams of photos, video and insignificant news, Twitter is simpler with the choice of people you can ‘follow’. If you have a specific account or person you follow, only his or her ‘tweets’ will appear on your timeline. And is not that Twitter can’t share photos and video but, with the limitation of 140 characters, users can share photos and video by adding the URL link of the photo or video they wish to share. As mentioned by Johnson, (2009) “Sharing links to longer articles, discussions, posts, videos — anything that lives behind a URL”.
As the years passed, Twitter is rapidly growing as one of the hottest social media platform alongside Facebook and the amount of users are fast increasing. Twitter has become one the most used social media platform for politicians, business companies and celebrities. Politicians create Twitter account in the aim to reach out to the public in a more direct manner and where by the public can express their opinion, thoughts and get a direct answer from the politician. Twitter acts an advertising media platform for business companies to advertise their product or advertise their company. Celebrities uses Twitter to connect to their fans and to promote their tour dates, new videos and new songs. Fans can communicate with celebrities and each other by using the @ symbol. Celebrities are one of the main reasons why there are increasing users in Twitter. Take me for instance, the reason why I have a Twitter account is because, I want to be updated with the news from my favourite celebrities and to see what my friends are up to. Celebrities such as, Lady Gaga, hit a milestone as she is the first celebrity user to reach 30 Million followers in Twitter.
Sure everyone enjoys tweeting about what they just had for breakfast but Twitter is not just for tweeting about breakfast, as I mentioned in my previous paragraph, Twitter is more of a direct social media platform to share news, information and updates.
E! Online uses Twitter account to share celebrities’ gossips and entertainment news to their followers. Twitter is not only accessible through the web but also available for Blackberry, Android, iPad and iPhone which users can tweet anytime and anywhere and stay connected with friends and family.
Image URL: https://twitter.com/eonline
Twitter has changed what social media is all about with only 140 characters and despite the word limitation, we can find some users becoming addicted to Twitter, tweeting every day, every hour and every second. This shows how Twitter has made an impact in our lives and made it one of the most important social media platforms today.
Johnson, S. (2009). How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live. Time [URL: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html]
Bennett, S (2012), Another Milestone For Twitter As @LadyGaga Becomes First User To Reach 30 Million Followers, assessed 5/10/2012, http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-lady-gaga-30-million_b29430