Twitter: Old and New Media

1 Meme   Limited to only one hundred and forty characters there is a new type of media that came out nearly 8 years ago. Of course I am referring to Twitter which has seem to grow in importance all over the world in just the past 3 years. It took a while for the public to move from the ever growing Facebook app to Twitter, which is currently sitting at 645,750,000 users.

As you look at the structure of Twitter most can see similar features that have appeared in its competitor and predecessor Facebook. Both have a timeline that start at the top with the most current post and drop down to later posts. Clearly Twitter is not something new to come to the internet but its changes are what make it seem new and exciting.

The mere idea of being limited to only 140 character and the sense of microblogging made people pause for a second. This can be explained as the astonishment phase, which can be seen in Tom Gunning’s article, in which people are shocked and in awe of this n+

8ew technology.  The limitation of just that few characters had not been around and also the term microblogging had not appeared in many places until Twitter came around. After that paralysis was over figuring out how to spit out ideas in 140 characters was difficult.  It took time for users to come to grips with all that Twitter can be.

When it came to adapting to the use of twitter the world saw it expand globally. Hashtags for humanitarian purposes that have saved lives. Conversations between people from all walks of life. We have seen tweets change lives and start movements like the 99 precenters that took over Wall Street just a handful of years ago.

Some of the people in an older generation say we are typing out our lives for the world to see forever. And in truth once something goes on the internet, it never really goes away, our words are etched onto the digital walls of the internet forever. The world may be able to see it right after it’s posted or maybe years later similar to the hieroglyphic walls around ancient Egypt.

0Whether you believe that your posts are changing the world, just there to amuse your friends, or just there to keep yourself 75

6entertained during your down time, know that this form of technology will be a part of history forever.


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