How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live
Where can you update up to only 140 character of words? Which Social Network? Twitter of course.
Twitter is the place where you can update what you do, such as what you eat or drink or sometimes ask on how your followers on how their day is so far and many more. You don’t have to ask only one person on what they are doing. You can asked all your followers at the same time.
“We don’t think it at all moronic to start a phone call with a friend by asking how her day is going. Twitter gives you the same information without your even having to ask.” Steven Johnson
Who would have thought that a social network that only allows you to update up to 140 character of words would be such a hit? Believe it or not, Twitter is not only for us to connect to our friends and gain new one. But it is also the place where we can get information.
Sometimes I consider Twitter as one of the next Search Engine other than Google for you can get almost any kind of information that you want. Such as Entertainment, Politics, Arab Spring and many more. It’s the matter of knowing what to look and which account to follow. But other than that, one can just start by using “#” function, it can help update followers on the news, updates and so much more. People with the same interest uses this as a tool, a socializing tool. By using this tool, news spreads fast and not only in one country, but globally.
I shall state an example, #EligiumMY . It is a new online game in Malaysia and it is slowly growing fast and spreading through the social networks, especially on Twitter. Say one is curious and wants to know what the game is all about, one can just search #EligiumMy and he will be able to get all the information he needs about the online game.
Twitter do come in handy at times. It help spreads on what needs to be spreads and sometimes at the same time help promote on what is new. Like the example I stated above. But one thing I noticed is that, when one has Twitter, they can sometime be rather anti-social when they are out with their family or friends for they are too busy ‘tweeting’ with their followers.
From the anti-social behaviour, you can see how much the social network can sometimes effect an individual when they are outdoors. But then, there are pros and cons for everything. If one knows the boundaries and put aside their cell phone, having a social network account like Twitter isn’t such a bad idea. It’s how one controls oneself.
Johnson, S 2009, “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live,” Time Magazine, 5 June, p1-4, accessed 5/10/2012, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1902818,00.html