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Why Twitter?

Posted on: May 22, 2009

This week in my Emerging Media class, a lot of class mates talked about Twitter.  I have to admit, I do not have a Twitter account.  When I asked a few friends about Twitter and what it was I don’t think I was too impressed.  Apparently, the idea behind Twitter is that a person has 140 characters to tell others who “follow” them what they are up to in their day.  This is 2009 and from what I’ve gained about Twitter is that they’ve been around since 2006.  For something that is now so trendy, why did it take so long to gain millions of users?  More importantly, why Twitter?

I’m relieved not to feel so alone with not having a Twitter account.  A lot of friends and co-workers of mine have discussed the popularity in Twitter.  The over all verdict is that it sounds like online stalking to a point. We are now in the age where we can upload and tell people whom we may not even know every step we take, but we have to do it in 140 characters or less.  There was once a point where people had to chose if MySpace or Facebook reigned supreme as a social networking site.  People are either loyal to one or the other or they may have both, but find themselves using one more than the other.  MySpace has a massive amount of advertising ability.  I’ve always personally thought that MySpace was great for casual keeping in touch with friends from school or people that you’ve met along your path in life.  Facebook seemed more formal and a little boring, but a good place to keep in touch with friends at different colleges because when I first signed up for Facebook, you had to have a college email address.  However, Twitter has become so popular, it’s become a better place to organize events than Facebook.  MySpace is still huge,  especially for advertisers, as you can’t even log on to MySpace without being subjected to an ad.  So we will break down the top 3 social networks into categories:

  • MySpace: Informal, Casual, Great for Advertisers, Great for Entertainment
  • Facebook: Formal, More Business/Education, Lacks the Advertising MySpace Generates, Great for Networking
  • Twitter: Formal and Informal, Casual/Business/Education, Great for Event Coordinators, Good for Entertainment and Networking

Overall, I believe Twitter is overrated for the same reason MySpace was once viewed as overrated.  It’s not a new concept, but just a new site in our social networking world.  In a year or two with the way technology keeps advancing, Twitter is going to be replaced with another networking site.  Another site will be formed and we will have more pop culture lingo in addition to: “Myspacing”, “Blogging”, “Texting”, “Facebooking”, “Twittering”.

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3 Responses to "Why Twitter?"

Hi Danille,

I have a Twitter but only because I felt I should have a Twitter. I have yet to figure out what the big deal is. I think Facebook status updates serve the same purpose.

I do think you should join so you can have a final verdict. I know they are new, but getting some of the kinks worked out might make the site a lot better.


This is Anna T.

It seems that Twitter has become very popular within the celebrity crowd. From Ashton Kutcher to Ellen Degenerse, these celebrities are using Twitter as a way of keeping in touch with their fans and commenting on the daily happenings in the world.

“As Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet, tech observers are debating: Does Friday mark a new peak for the microblogging service? Or the beginning of its demise?” (Griggs & Sutter, April 18, 2009) Bloggers and Twitter users have expressed some concern that the once-cultish site is being overwhelmed by celebrities and media hype. However, others are excited by Twitter’s ever-growing reach.

Beside celebrities, companies like CNN are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. CNN operates more than 40 Twitter accounts and has approximately 1.5 million followers. CNN’s accounts provide followers with brief updates about breaking news.

Many companies are turning to Twitter has a way of staying connected with their target audience. In this day and age, companies are turning to a variety of emerging media to create brand awareness and attract and maintain loyal consumers.

Griggs, B. & Sutter, J. (April 18, 2009). Oprah, Ashton Kutcher mark Twitter ‘turning point’. Retrieved, June 28, 2009, from http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/17/ashton.cnn.twitter.battle/index.html

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