Social networking sites begin with a group of founders sending out messages to friends to join the network. In turn the friends send out messages to their friends, and the network grows. When members join the network, they create a profile. Depending on the site, users can customize their profile to reflect their interests. They also begin to have contact with friends, acquaintances, and strangers. There is no doubt that social media has affected the way of people’s lives. Twitter, along with all the other social media sites, is probably one of the most popular. This networking sites gives people the ability to follow and find anyone in the world. You can post anything and to top it off you can even post pictures, videos, and even vines on twitter. Which in this case I think it is more popular than Instagram and Facebook. This site gained 500 million registered users in 2012, who posted 340 million tweets per day. Twitter is now one of the ten most-visited websites, and has been describes as “the SMS of the internet.
Twitter began as an idea that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had in 2006. Dorsey had originally imagined Twitter as an SMS-based communications platform. Groups of friends could keep tabs on what each other were doing based on their status updates. Like texting, but not. The first tweet ever was, “just setting up my twttr”. Twitter has change the way that people tell information. Sometimes people try to act like a different person behind the screen but when their not behind the screen they are a totally different person. This shows how some people live two different lives. Twitter is a great example of someone wanting to talk bad about someone instead of actually telling them to their face, or a rumor being but on their and it keep going on and on. Just a week a go, Justin Bieber, got caught with a DUI and getting arrested and went to jail. I didn’t even give it a minute and it was all over twitter with people commenting and retweeting things about him. Too be honest I wasn’t really shocked what had happened. It was bound to happen. The next day it was all over the news and it official spread all over the world. In Tom Gunning’s essay, he stresses the idea that news is never-ending. He believes that no matter how different and fun it is he will always believe that it will be its own thing. Twitter is much more than just your friends telling you about their day. It has changed the media, politics and business. Many will report they hear their news first on Twitter- stories of natural disasters, sports scores, the death of a celebrity and more are shared first on Twitter. With all these new, experienced, and improved social media sites, Tom Gunning’s theory about twitter will eventually be replaced and not be known anymore, kinda of like how Facebook is today.
- “Twitter.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 2 Feb. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
- MacArthur, Amanda. “The Real History of Twitter, In Brief.” About.com Twitter. N.p., 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2014. <http://twitter.about.com/od/Twitter-Basics/a/The-Real-History-Of-Twitter-In-Brief.html