Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.- Andre Gide
I do not have a twitter account personally. However, I am familiar with social networking such as facebook. Facebook users are increasingly updating their status about following them on twitter. I can't say twitter is the next "big thing", but there are millions of users. As a social network user, I've witnessed grammatical errors and potential gossip. On social networks, these things are common and also acceptable. Daily status updates include celebrity news, reality show updates, and sports events. Twitter having a 140 character limit makes users feel comfortable with writing brief tweets that cover daily events. Misspellings, irregular use of literary devices, and abbreviations fit into the 140 character limit on twitter. It is rare for users to propose tweets using paragraphs. Like other social networks, i.e. (myspace), twitter will eventually be replaced by something more convenient. I must agree that twitter is indeed popular in this present time. The question is what new social network will potentially be the next big thing? -Kevaris Doughty
Kevaris: what are the consequences to a generation that writes and reads less and less while passively consuming the static of the social network's elite?
Many people say that social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace are increasing the amount of people that read and write less and its true but social networking can also provide us more information is a less time period. In my opinion, Twitter is a strong social network because you can be in touch in your interests such as news, fashion, celebrities, sports etc. The fact that Twitter just allows 140 characters per tweet makes it interesting because you read the tweet and if you are interest enough you can look more information about the information in that tweet. I believe that social networking will eradicate other media such as newspaper, magazines etc and I found that a problem because we are depending a big amount on technology. So I think that Twitter has positive thing and negatives things at the same time, Twitter could be short and quick but at the same time we are depending too much in technology and in the long run it could be a serious problem.- Andrea Castillo G.
As to what Kevaris posted, I also do not have a Twitter account. I personally stick with Facebook because I see social networking as it is: a social network website. I do not need multiple social networking sites to keep in tabs with other followers (friends, family, or coworkers). As previously mentioned, I do agree Twitter as become to be a popular microblogging, social networking website, I can still gain my news from my widgets on my phone or on the Pages from my Facebook. The limit character use of 140 on twitter allows users to post quick “twits” which encourages the fast pace world of what we are living in today. In other words, you won’t sound too talkative, or “chatty”, and get straight to the point. Overall, Twitter could be seen as a mixture of the Blogging Website Tumblr and other known social network websites such as Facebook, Myspace and Hi5. -Rene Gonzalez
I have both a Facebook and a Twitter (That I only use once in a blue moon).From what I have seen, i don't believe Twitter will be the next big thing. One thing is for sure; when Twitter first started it wasn’t really known well, until celebrities started to use the site, or in other words they started tweeting. I see Twitter as a site only to see updates on news sport and the casual gossip about celebrities here and there. Twitter lacks in words and communication when compare to Facebook. The ways people have to express themselves is limited to no more the 140 words per post. No one likes to be limited in what they say, including me. Another feature that Twitter lacks is the communication with your friends like a chat system. Where the fun in that? All you can do is updating what you are doing at that moment or going to do, on the site and follow the people that you like.-Alexandra Acevedo.
Social Networking has created more ways to connect with others more efficiently and conveniently world-wide. Extending new forms of communication to better connect and share information quickly without breaking a sweat. Social network demand such as, Twitter, is said to be the next big thing, with its simplicity of informal writing deliberation and instant information findings that takes the stress out of emails and IM exertion; for both personal and business use. Surprisingly, chatting with other, or in other words, “twittering” is restricted to a short format of one hundred and forty words. Leaving such a confine space to write can be difficult, especially when sharing piles of information. Social Networking is about expressing yourself as much as can in a “formal” but engaging manner. In the same manner, I believe that allowing network users to write unfashionable creates bad writing habits that reflect s what social networking has become. Communication through social networking has become so convenient that our minds are not doing all the thinking.-Latanya Felix
Social Networking has created more ways to connect with others more efficiently and conveniently world-wide. Extending new forms of communication to better connect and share information quickly without breaking a sweat. Social network demand such as, Twitter, is said to be the next big thing, with its simplicity of informal writing deliberation and instant information findings that takes the stress out of emails and IM exertion; for both personal and business use. Surprisingly, chatting with others, or in other words, “twittering” is restricted to a short format of one hundred and forty words. Leaving such a confine space to write can be difficult, especially when sharing piles of information. Social Networking is about expressing yourself as much as can in a “formal” but engaging manner. In the same manner, I believe that allowing network users to write unfashionable creates bad writing habits that reflects what social networking has become. Communication through social networking has become so convenient that our minds are not doing all the thinking.
I, a fellow “tweeter” find twitter at times very informative and entertaining, if and only if you’re the type who’s constantly checking up on the latest buzz. Twittering unfortunately isn’t for everybody; I feel that those who disapprove of Twitter only do so because they have never really explored the site. However, the down fall of having to express one’s self in only 140 characters is really difficult. Especially, when there’s so much that one has on their mind and so little space to put it. Although most of the none sense that’s posted on sites like Facebook and Myspace fits in 140 characters as well (even so less than that), so if one can express oneself in less than 140 characters why is it such a bad thing. Twitter as of this moment isn’t that popular right now because just like Facebook (in the past) it takes baby steps to become popular. The site is mainly meant for those that can sum up their whole thoughts and opinions in one sentence. It’s a keep it clear and simple site….something that everybody has forgotten about. -Brandis McGlond
As mentioned in other comments I do not have a Twitter account but I do have a Facebook. Personally I have never been attracted to the whole tweet thing I just don’t really get the whole idea. Facebook does enough for me as a social network site, which is to keep in touch with those who I don’t see on a regular basis or speak to as much as I would like to. Tweet lets you see what others are doing and how they feel at a certain moment in the day but can you really communicate with that person privately just to see how they are? Also the 140 character count although it can be good for those who like to keep it short and simple but what if you need to express more? Not only that, it could always get misunderstood, so for every good there’s a bad. I have nothing against Twitter but as others said before me it is what it was designed to be a social network, today it is known as the next big thing and tomorrow it is left in memories just as Myspace was. -- Lorena Riveras
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As many others already mentioned, I also do not have a twitter account. However, social networks are nothing new for me. Content in these kind of social networks are pretty much repetitive, having people "borrow" other's people status, tweets, etc. Many of the posts generated are no more than a mimic of what you have already seen. Although twitter is currently gaining a lot of popularity, there will be a time in which it'll be replaced for "the next big thing". This trend have been seen in many other social networks such as Friendster, Myspace, Hi5, etc. The fact that a 140 character limit is established, only means that you're restricting yourself to short and concise posts, not expressing ideas adequately and limiting your posts to " At___ place doing ___". Also as posted in other comments, the lack of features twitter has such as a chat system, could contribute to a future downfall.- King Yactayo
The networking... what a topic! The use of social network have been misinterpreted. I believe that it is a wonderful creation because in these times, where everyone immigrates to other countries leaving their own behind, it is amazing that you can keep in touch with your friends and family. I am not Twitter's member, but I do have Facebook, and I find it very useful due to the fact that I mentioned previously. Now, for those addicted cyber social freaks that post what their doing every five minutes and those who use it as their personal therapist, for all of them, Twitter has become an obsession and a need. I must admit, it is very contagious, sometimes you will find yourself checking everybody's status for hours and you won't notice how much time you've wasted. So, the social network, is it really how we are going to socialize in the future? Are we going to turn every big thing into a bad habit ? I rather spend some time doing something more exciting.-Amira Sarasola
Well it’s called social network for a reason. If you would like to keep in touch with friends or want to hear their random opinions about the way of life then I recommend getting one of these networks, As for twitter I do not have an account and having a 140 character limit wouldn’t prevent me from writing what I am feeling since there's no need to post an essay about how my life is going, or even write about how bad a movie was. If you want more characters then make a blog. I can't say that twitter will be replace since I saw that it can be link to one of the most popular networks (facebook)but then again i do not understand why have two of them and then linked when facebook pretty much does the same. I believe that society will benefit from these networks because it forces you to learn new concepts and even help with your vocabulary, in other cases you may have a friend that has many grammatical errors and if he might do it on purpose out of laziness, but if that’s not the case you can always comment on that so that they can fix it. For the people that love their privacy you might have to let your friends know how much privacy means to you before its too late... Christopher Paulino
I am an avid twitter user and have been since the site first launched in 2008.I first heard about it by my favorite band who started using it to keep their fans informed with new cd details.Immediatly I was hooked, I started following the NYT and The Huffington Post which help me keep in touch with what's going on around the world with the simple click of the "follow" button.Along with its ability to follow your favorite artisit it helps raise awarness to organizations,for example actress/singer Selena Gomez is using her twitter account to raise awareness to the disaters in Haiti.I thinkTwitter still hasn't reached it's full capabilty,but just like Facebook it will in a short time.I just hope that the unlike FB it doesnt consume our entire days; but that's asking for too much.-Gaby Pavon
Twitter can be helpful, or it can be detrimental to our society as a whole. In my case I have a twitter account, but I barely use it. Twitter is a meritorious tool which one could utilize to keep in contact with old friends and family members that are far away from us; on the other hand, each one of us as human beings have to be cautious with letting this technological advance get in the way of other objects that are important in our life. Examples of this include our education, our personal life; and the way we interact with people. The above 3 are influenced by the amount of time that we spend online. These social networks (twitter and facebook) are a form of procrastination which is maiming our society as a whole. It has also influenced our communication with people. Even though keeping up with old friends is pivotal for interaction, it escalates to the point where communication is done online with everybody. This is not right as one should integrate themselves more into the tangible society around them. There is more to life than just a twitter account. Tangible people are also important for the socialization of people. As the 140 character on twitter is concerned, I believe that this makes people condense their ideas in a negative way, but twitter´s intention is to make people think instead of mindlessly posting their thoughts. This is done by using abbreviations and by shrinking their idea instead of thinking of a shorter way of saying what they want to say. As for twitter being the next best thing is concerned, I believe it will continue to exponentially grow despite its young age. Sincerely Yours: Steven Russi ^_^
Have you ever wondered what happened to us? How did we all turn into a profile rather than a human being? How did we go from buying a close friend/relative a birthday card to just simply leaving them a Facebook post on their page-and that being perfectly accepted in society? When did a man loose his confidence to approach a woman in pubic, instead of leaving a comment on one of her pictures- and that count as "making a move on her"? Don't get me wrong I think social networks are great, if they were actually used for what that were intended such as: keeping in touch with those we don't see as often with updated pictures and a simple click away. Personally, I think social networks are another way of saying "gossip sites", and in a way it’s sort of making us cold individuals. Everyone knows everything about everyone whether you're close or met each other once. Single, engaged, suffering a break up, sick, upset, happy: we are putting our business out there for everyone to know, and at times all this information just a log in away can cause more drama than we bargain for. How many people haven't broken up, because one caught the other leaving someone a "flirty" comment? How many friends haven't gotten in fights, because they weren't their best friend's top 1 on Myspace. It’s gotten to the point that if you get in a fight with someone the first thing you do is block them from your friends list. Even though that's a bit immature, we are all guilty of it. I don't think Twitter is going to be the next big thing, because there are a lot of flaws that people don't like very much like for instance, the limit on characters. It's basically as if you were writing a text message to all of your friends at once. In a way, all social websites are the same, but I don't think our social online lives are going to end with Facebook. Eventually something new and exciting is going to come out, and we're all going to transfer over to that as we did with Facebook. Our social lives as well as our communication have changed drastically due to access to these sites, but change is a form of evolution regardless of how you look at it. Every action and every step we take is a way of progressing our society, even if it's Twitter. Jennifer VidalT R 8:25 AM
Twitter is already a tremendous thing inside the phenomenon of all Internet tools including the ones that are clearly focused in social networking. Most of the people access Internet searching for something to fulfill necessity or sense or both. People search for information, for fun, for people, for work, for business, for affection, for surprises and so on. There are too many links of everything on the Internet. Then, I see Twitter like one more search tool that has peculiar requirements (the famous 140 characters) and features. Any person able to access Twitter is also able to choose “what”, “who” and “IF” he/she wants follow things. Therefore, if your desire is to tweet on Twitter, you must follow their rules, compress meanings and swim in swallow waters. In the Internet time, information is a commodity. Marx might well explain the cause-effect of the passive consumption of the static of the social network's elite mentioned by the professor. Information through the Internet speeds. The way we get information and process contents and emptiness from in the Internet seems to affect our mental routines and cognitive functions. “We are not only what we read… we are how we read” says the contemporary psychologist, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Maryanne Wolf.I think that, in the spiral of the time, the history seems to repeat itself in other level. Recalling the Plato´s Phaedrus and The Legend of Thamus. Socrates told this story to his friend Phaedrus to illustrate his reasons on disapproving the development of writing as people would “substitute the knowledge they used to carry inside their heads by relying on the written words”. Summing up, I agree with Jennifer when she says “Every action and every step we take are a way of progressing our society”… in this case, the Socrates fears of the dissemination of the writing.Sheila Guisard
I have an account with twitter that I opened a couple years back. I rarely log on to twitter because I find it to be a bit boring. The reason I had for opening an account with twitter was because it was the new trend and I wanted to see what the big deal was about. I always found myself trying to reduce the amount of words I was writing and cutting out the unnecessary ones. Doing so, I couldn’t express myself and say exactly what was on my mind. Twitter is used by many companies to see what is on the consumers mind. A thing I did enjoy about twitter is that you are able to follow your favorite celebrities or brands; this is what in my opinion makes it so popular and interesting. The bad thing about this site is that people get accustomed to not thinking and also they don’t challenge themselves to write something that requires a bit more thinking on their part. -Nicole Encalada
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