Twitter or Bust

Actually, that title may be a little misleading. Very misleading, in fact. I consider myself to be a huge proponent and user of social media. I have practically every form of it. SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. All platforms have their own unique benefits and advantages. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with all of your friends, including ones that you might have not seen in a long time. Instagram provides you with a platform to show off your photo editing skills. Snapchat gives users a simple way for users to provide their followers content that shows what they were doing at any given moment. However,in my mind, Twitter is easily the most useful and impactful of them all; its the undisputed king of all social media

One of the main advantages Twitter has over its competition is how instantaneous it is. This is particularly useful when it comes to the news. Whenever something newsworthy happens, someone can pick up their phone and go to Twitter to speak their mind on the topic. Instead of waiting on a news source like CNN to write up a story on it, one can log on their Twitter account and obtain individual’s immediate reactions to what is going on in the world. That kind of accessibility to information I think is pretty invaluable. You get to read or view people’s unadulterated responses to what is happening around them. From my experience, the content users provide on there seems to pretty authentic and raw, because they are providing immediate reactions. They aren’t taking the time to edit their tweets; their shooting from the hip, which is an aspect of Twitter I love. I often use the Twitter’s search engine rather than Google or a traditional news site due to these reasons. And I know for a fact that I’m not alone in this. The number of people who use Twitter is increasing on a year to year basis. According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, about 52% of Twitter users said that they use the platform as a news source. In 2015, that figure increased to 63%. It wouldn’t surprise me if that number jumped up again at the end of 2016. Furthermore, one might assume that the people who are starting to use Twitter as a news source would be on the younger side due to the technical knowledge one might think you need to have to use social media. However, that same study also stated that the trend of people using Twitter as a news source is cutting across all demographics; Use of Twitter for news grew among both users under 35 (55% to 67%) and those over 35 (47% to 59%.

Twitter is also a great way to interact directly with with people of fame, which can provide enormous amounts of humor. For example, back in the summer of 2015, the NBA player Deandre Jordan was a free agent who played for the Los Angeles Clippers in the previous season. He was a heavily coveted free agent, and Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, believed that he convinced him to sign to his team. Both verbally agreed to a 4 year max deal of about 80 million dollars, and it was widely considered that Deandre would be playing ball in Dallas the following year. However, Jordan texted his friend Blake Griffin on the team that he was having doubts, and after that, Twitter madness ensued.

When his teammate JJ Redick found out he potentially could get Deandre to stay in California, he rushed over to where he was staying in Dallas and posted this on Twitter:

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This signified that he was speeding over to Deandre’s house to persuade him to stay.

Blake, who was vacationing in Kauai at the time, posted this

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Chandler Parsons, a member on the Mavs wasn’t about let this prized free agent get away without a fight:

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Paul Pierce, an older fellow on the team who had no idea how emojis work, decided to get in on the action:

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Twitter then erupted in an emoji frenzy; everyone was getting in on the action. Players, ex-players, coaches, and everyday people just started blowing up Twitter with emojis:

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This comedic interaction between multiple different types of users is only possible on Twitter, and that’s a main reason why I love it so much. There is no other platform that allows individuals to interact the way you can on Twitter. Another source of entertainment I get from Twitter is from memes. If I’m trying to pass time, sometimes I just fire up the Twitter app and see what memes I can find. Over the years there have been a plethora of hilarious ones, ranging from the Arthur fist:

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To Kermit drinking tea:

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Twitter never disappoints when it comes to delivering funny content. So naturally, with all this being said, when I discovered that a large portion of this class would involve Twitter, I got pretty happy. Hopefully, by the end of this semester, I’ll have learned how to use the best social media platform in ways that I never imagined.

 

 

6 comments

  1. I liked reading about your favorite social media platform, Twitter. As someone who isn’t an avid Twitter fan, I found it interesting the reasons you enjoy and love Twitter. I am curious into how you think Twitter will do in the upcoming years, as it seems this social platform is on the decline (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/10/twitter-fourth-quarter-earnings-user-decline/80178140/). Wondering if anyone else has thoughts of how Twitter will change and how Twitter can remain a relevant player in the game?

  2. adamsmea89 · ·

    I thought it was interesting to hear about how much you like twitter and what you use it for, because I am not a regular twitter user either. I do have a twitter account and the main reasons I have it is so i can look at Boston news sources and get info very quickly. I totally agree that there is nothing else out there that allows people to basically live message the world what is happening around them and that is really powerful.

    1. I have found that a lot of people are using Twitter in this fashion. For many the platform has become more about one way communication and receiving information as opposed to the two way communication platform as it was intended. What I like about this use case is that I can tune my own feed of information to match my needs and interests.

  3. michaelahoff · ·

    I remember that DeAndre Jordan day very well. Before Twitter, we may have gotten an expose about how DeAndre Jordan changed his mind a few months later, but we saw it play out in real time, and it made a normally boring July night a lot more entertaining — which is what social media is supposed to do.

  4. gabcandelieri · ·

    This was an extremely entertaining/ relatable post. Ironically, I have never been a heavy Twitter user until college, but oftentimes I find myself accessing the app for a quick news fix, especially during past internships. I can definitely see how the app’s simplicity and conciseness are huge appeals. Millennials in general are inclined toward a fast, time-oriented lifestyle that favors snippets of information or entertainment that Twitter readily provides. I found the Deandre exchange hilarious (mostly because of the excellent use of emojis). Twitter is truly different from other platforms in that those kind of exchanges between individuals actually within the NBA circle and everyday people become possible. This allows fans to understand their athletic idols’ personalities and senses of humor a bit more, and obviously, provide a few lighthearted laughs amidst our busy days.

  5. Not too long ago, it used to be that people like Youtubers or Vine stars would provide humorous content, but it’d be hard for viewers to showcase their reactions in the same manner due to lack of time or production materials. You’re right that Twitter has really catered to that playing field of allowing people to interact and react to each other in real-time with little effort. What’s fascinating though from what I’ve seen at many colleges, including Boston College, is that many students don’t leisurely utilize Twitter as much as they do with other social media platforms like FaceBook, Instagram, and SnapChat. With people from so many places and backgrounds available on Twitter, it’s interesting how these millennials are limiting themselves from the latest information on what’s going on around the world.

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