Twitter is the home of Tweets, little statements only 140 characters long. I know something about Twitter I currently have access to two accounts, one is a joint account with my partner, the other is a little more for professional purposes these days. Twitter is another social media time-waster which is easily accessible on a smart phone or tablet. If you’re up for reading a bunch of random stuff then it is the place to go.
Like Facebook and other social media it is amazing what people post about their lives, likes and of course dramas.
You don’t have ‘friends’ on Twitter but ‘followers’ and you can share articles and video clips, state an opinion or just post about what you’re having for breakfast. A lot of silly tweets seem to get most of the attention, however there is a lot of breaking news, motivational and leadership stuff as well.
Like most of the social media spectrum except, my
partner gets me into them and then I take the baton and run with it. At least till I get bored or frustrated by the lack of response
to something I thought would be commented on. A lot of television shows now have a twitter feed and put some of the comments on
air. An example of this is ABC’s QandA program which runs a feed at the bottom of the screen. For a while I was a big fan of Twitter but now it sits in the background and when I share stuff on Facebook by smart phone I tend to share it as a Tweet as well. Twitter tells you what issues/terms are trending and that can be handy if you are looking to engage in a particular discussion.
It is a great source for extra information on a news story
and often one of the first sites to break big news stories. The site seems to be designed however for those with a short attention
span and those who need new distractions constantly. It can keep you glued to the screen if you’re not careful and is one
of the many sites causing the phenomenon seen in cities and towns. The phenomenon of people with their eyes glued to their phone
and not paying much attention to what’s around them.
Often there is so much going on on this particular site, it’s hard not to be distracted and I suppose that is the point. These sites offer distraction, they keep you hooked looking for the next bit of news and it can be hard to push through that to find what you want or need. There is a search function so all is not lost if you lose a particular train of thought. Just like
everywhere else in the brave new world of the internet you have to be careful of some of the links in tweets as they can hide viruses or or other hacking devices.
Stay tuned for my next instalment…. Instagram.