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Twitter turns five March 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — hannahdcollins @ 4:41 pm

As Twitter turns five this week Charlie Brooker on 10 O’clock Live looks into how influential this social networking site is commenting on how Twitter has changed the way “news is disseminated, the way stalkers track their pray”. Celebrities, rappers, politicians, astronauts, citizens across the world use Twitter every day.  The simple lay out and easy to use blogging site allows people to update status’ and so on in moments from computers, lap tops, or smart phones this making Twitter a phenomenon.

Social networking sites have changed the face of media in the past seven years, Twitter took 38 months to reach a billion tweets and since then the world has gone crazy for this micro blogging site.  Today 190 million users make a billion tweets a week from what they ate for breakfast to revolutionary comments that help over turn dictators.

The market value of Twitter is ten billion dollars which shows how much micro blogging has come since five years ago, but is Twitter all its made out to be?

Charlie Brooker says in a somewhat comical manor that Twitter can be a tool of hate, many hate campaigns being established on Twitter. The social networking site can be seen as a PR tool in many ways, however, due to people being able to follow who they like and comment sometimes Twitter has helped PR disasters.

Despite the outstanding figures of the amount of people that use Twitter and Tweet on a daily basis, ‘last year, a study from R.J.Metrics, which develops online metric analysis software, showed that only 17% of all Twitter accounts were active in December 2009. That’s down from more than 70% in early 2007, when Twitter was a fledgling company with far fewer users.’

So what is next for Twitter? Can it be developed even further? Or is it just a craze that will inevitably fade out?





One Response to “Twitter turns five”

  1. rachelprblog Says:

    I think that statement about only ‘17% of all twitter accounts were active’ is a big misleading, as this seems more to be that only 17% acutally tweeted something, which is different from the account being active or not. For example, i personally use twitter everyday, normally checking it several times over the course of one day. But, the amount i actually tweet is very sparce, in fact the last time i tweeted something that wasn’t @someone or for our PR workshop was in september 2010! And even my @-ing is very rare. I often go for months without tweeting anything at all, but i still consider myself an active twitter user, because i still access the site and i still read others comments. Imagine if facebook users were only counted by who updated their status recently? Somehow i doubt they would still be able to claim that 1 in 8 people use it then!
    Being a silent tweeter really means you are just as active as those who tweet everyday. It is just that i find it much more intersting to read about what David mitchell has tweeted will be on the next 10 o’clock live then telling the word i just ate a sandwich.

    I think the problem with Twitter is there is alot more stigma attached to it then with facebook, even though in alot of ways they are the same. I mean seriously, people have ago at twitter for only using 140 characters, but think about how many facebook statuses are less then that. Atleast on twitter you can follow people of interest. I love following people like David Mitchell and Jimmy carr because they post information about their work and when/if shows will be back on TV. This is great both for me and for them, as i get the information i want and they get free adverstising. Nowadays even TV shows have their own twitter. BBC ‘Merlin’ for example has one that gives information about what cons the actors are going to or that the actors were going to open the new ride somewhere, something the news didn’t report until the day!

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