Who would have thought, that a 140-character word update to your followers idea could now have such importance to the social networking world? Who knew that updating about what is going on or what are you doing right now with such limited characters would be such a hit? I doubt that even the creators of Twitter would expect Twitter to have such an impact to how we communicate today.
Real time updates on Twitter allows your followers to know what you are up to at that exact moment. Johnson (2009) describes it as something like a phone call asking your friends how’s their day and Twitter allows that without having to ask. It is like you giving permission to your followers to stalk you with your knowledge.
Twitter has become a tool for open conversations, news feed, and even an advertising tool used by some companies. Twitter has even become an educational use as well. Take this subject for example (Global Networks), we use Twitter to give feeds about our topic each week, as updates to our assessment task by including #digc202 after every tweet. And if you were to search #digc202 on Twitter, everyone’s feed can be seen.
With that same concept, companies use the “#” function to update their followers (or customers) on the most recent updates on products; people with same interests use this function as a socializing tool; news are spread across even more faster than before, people are now able to know there’s an earthquake from another part of the globe while its happening.
Ironically, what was once a social networking tool that give a bad impression is the same tool that changed our ways of communicating. In a way, changed our lives as well.
Johnson, S 2009, “How twitter will change the way we live”, Time Magazine, 5 June, p1-4, accessed 6/10/012, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1902818-1,00.html