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A Little Twitter Bird Once Told Me…

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Twitter is the place to be.

When I first heard of Twitter and when I first joined, I thought it was merely going to be a “quick status update” platform that keeps my friends in the loop of what I’m doing and what I’m thinking.

But it quickly evolved into something so much more than that.

Twitter now offers a quick status update of everything going on in the world.

We all owe the birth of #hashtags to Twitter.

From #JeSuisCharlie to the more recent #PrayForOrlando, Twitter gives people a platform to connect with local, national and international news. Whether it’s to tweet support or to tweet disapproval, Twitter has given people the opportunity to voice out their opinions and be heard. #Hashtags are used to track current news and see what the public is saying.

It makes this big world we live in a little bit smaller.

This makes Twitter a crucial tool for all journalists. While it’s hard to give thorough information in 140 characters, journalists now have to try. That’s what the average person wants– quick, sound bites of news.

In a fast-paced technological world, with so many social media platforms and websites to visit, people crave for a place to get their news fast and quick.

And that’s Twitter.

You can get your entertainment news, sports news, fashion news, political news, all news on Twitter.

It also gives readers and journalists a place to interact conveniently, and that’s the keyword: Convenience. With Twitter alone, journalists will be able to reach more audiences.

But that’s not where the magic ends.

Twitter also helps with data collection that involve public health and safety, and helps with data collection that make marketing more efficient and accurate. Read Andrew Hutchinson’s article here, to learn more about that.

Twitter has become a phenomenon and it’s adamant that journalists choose to join it, or risk getting themselves– and their work– left behind.


  1. desirees wrote:

    I agree that Twitter is the place to be right now so I am curious to see how Twitter will change in the next five years. Will it be the place that people get their breaking news from, or will it be a new social media platform? I agree that the great thing about Twitter is you can get a quick sound bite of all the news going around the world and what people think about it. The danger of finding out what people are saying about it can lead to misinformation or have people side with an opinion they don’t agree with just because everyone else feels one way.

    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  2. rachelp wrote:

    Very insightful post Ariana! I remember using Twitter about 10 years ago when it first launched. There was no app, you just texted a phone number a status update of what you were up to or what you were thinking about. Fast forward to 2016 and Twitter has completely changed. I am really excited to see where technology will take us in the years to come. I think Twitter works because as you mentioned, we have shorter attention spans than ever and it allows us to get the gist of stories while scrolling through our feeds. It’s a wonderful, convenient tool that all journalists should use.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 3:19 am | Permalink
  3. Allysa Sutton wrote:

    “Journalists have to try.” That is exactly what I want everyone to take from these blog posts in that we all have to accept this wild new World of technology. It rules our audiences and influences and informs them more than it ever has. Like you said, Twitter is fast-paced and that is how so many of us live our lives the days. We want our information as accurate as possible and, more importantly, as quickly as possible.

    I really enjoyed your post. It was entertaining and definitely well-written. Great job!

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 4:21 am | Permalink

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