Everybody’s talking about Twitter

21 Mar

If you look up “twitter” in the dictionary, you will find that its definition is “to utter successive chirping noises.” Those noises birds make when they sound happy, basically.

Now, birds aren’t the only things that tweet. People can tweet too, all thanks to the invention that is Twitter.

Explaining Twitter to someone isn’t simple per say, especially if the person asking is your technologically-challenged mom, but it is best summed up as a social networking site in the form of a microblog. Just pray that whoever asked that  original question doesn’t need you to clarify about blogging. Just walk away for your own sanity at this point, please.

While Twitter can be used for a variety of reasons, it has become relevant to the ever-evolving field of journalism. Though many news organizations do have their own Twitter handles to tweet abbreviated clips, the miraculous thing about the platform is that it allows regular people to report the news. Even more intriguing is the news can range from a friend 20 miles north of you tweeting about the torrential downpour that came out of nowhere to organizing an Egyptian revolution.

Journalists themselves are turning to Twitter as a way to enhance their reporting capabilities. Not only can Twitter aid a journalist in his or her search for story ideas or sources, but it keeps readers involved. Readers can follow a story’s development. They can react to stories and send their thoughts directly to the reporter. And what writer doesn’t want to have a loving fan base that wants to interact in a simple 140-character Q-and-A session?

As with most things in life, staying organized in the world of Twitter is a key to journalistic success. By creating lists and searching for hashtags, one can certainly use Twitter to a professional advantage.

Though Twitter is a concept that many people have difficulty comprehending, those who do start to use it are becoming part of an evolving landscape, much like journalism itself. Surprisingly, not even those who run the site know what Twitter will evolve into next because its users come up with the new purposes, not the company.

So, keep an eye on all those tweets from people and organizations you follow. I’m sure we’ll see what the future holds for the site in 140 characters or less.




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