Like most people, when I first heard about the new twitter trend I thought it was utterly ridiculous and was no more than constantly updating your facebook status, which is entirely annoying. I cared not to read every little detail of another person’s daily life because, frankly, who does care? Yet, this summer I broke down and finally made one for myself and since then have been raving about it to every single person who feels as I once did. While there are still those people who tweet every hour, on the hour, about what they are doing I, myself, have found it to be quite amusing. Like over any internet site, twitter allows people to be more of themselves; whether that be more humorous, mean or sociable, simply because like them, everyone else is trying to do the same.
In this past year, almost everything is reported over twitter. I was in New York City this summer when the ‘earthquake’ struck and although I didn’t feel it myself, I knew it had occurred instantly through twitter. All the important (or sometimes not so important) events that occur in this modern age can be found reported through a twitter from such things as the death of Osama Bin Laden, to Kim Kardashian’s divorce. Twitter has become the place for all the breaking news reports all around the world. Yet because of this, it has also grown into another moneymaking source for celebrities, corporations and the like.
Celebrities are now getting paid to endorse products through twitter, so in between tweets of their “real, everyday life” and thanking their fans for “supporting them during this difficult time”, they are also making thousands of dollars by just saying they use a certain product. However are these endorsements, in a way, dirty politics by the corporations selling their products to the masses? The general population of twitter ‘follows’ (think of being friends with someone on facebook) celebrities because they entertaining, whether they are comical themselves or act humorously, and not to be even more caught up in the pull of big corporations.
Sadly, this is what twitter, like every other social media site, has become. There are little sites left on the Internet that haven’t been turned into a moneymaking venture. Yet, in this modern world when we hear of news seconds after it occurs, someone is going to find a way to make money off of it. Corporations need to endorse their products by whatever means necessary to get the consumer to purchase, so then they can have more money to produce newer innovations, and the cycle will continue onward as long as there people to buy the products and a way to reach them.
No matter how ludicrous twitter is, or what is has become it is going to play an important role in the news, and the economy, in the coming years. I, like many others who also have a twitter, will still recommend it to others who haven’t become part of the ‘tweeting’ trend. In it’s short 5 years, twitter has been able to change the way we learn about breaking news, how we shop, what we buy, and who we know; and that is not soon to change. People are constantly searching for new ways to be entertained and for new crazes to be a part of. While twitter is not yet on the scale of facebook, it is quickly rising up towards that number one spot. As more people join, incidents such as Pippa Middleton crashing the site on her sister’s wedding day will become more common, and news will move across the world faster than ever.
So my question is, what do you think of the concept of twitter (whether you have one or not)? Do you think it’s an important resource for news in the modern age? What is the effect you think it will have on other aspects of our social world such as the economy or political environment in the coming years? Is it’s only real use as a source of entertainment value, or could it exist as something more?