The Twitter Debate

Some journalists blame twitter for hurting their industry while others say it’s only helping it.  Some just need it to be explained to them so they can learn how to navigate it usefully.  I think Twitter can only improve the way the world gives and receives its news.

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When people want to know the news, they want to know it now.  They don’t want a ton of information, just the basics.  Twitter’s 140-character maximum forces people to limit their tweets to only the most essential, important information.  Readers like this because they can quickly glance at a tweet and they don’t have to read an entire article just to get the jist of what happened.

The quick and easy access of twitter makes news much more convenient.  Long gone at the days of waiting until six o-clock to turn on the TV and see what’s going on in the world.  Because Twitter can be accessed from your computer and phone, constant news updates are always at your fingertips.

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This convenience and quickness of receiving news updates has really turned adults on to Twitter.  Statistics don’t lie and there have been some shocking growths when it comes to the 50 and older crowd joining social networks.  From April 2009 to May 2010 the percentage of 50+ users doubled from 22 to 42!

Oddly enough, as the popularity for older adults using Twitter goes up, the teenage crowd doesn’t seem to be jumping on the bandwagon quite as fast.  This is surprising to me since I am a big fan of twitter.  I use mine daily from both my phone and computer and follow a wide variety of users.  From famous journalists to my favorite celebrities to my friends and teachers, I am constantly being updated with news and that’s the way I like it!

How often do you all use Twitter?  Do any of your parents or even grandparents have accounts?  What negative things have you heard about Twitter?

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-Alyssa Wichman

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One Response to The Twitter Debate

  1. Kristin says:

    I think this is an interesting story—especially the part about young people being more hesitant to join the twitter movement. I am one of those people and I believe that one of the reasons is that prior to twitter, young people likely ALREADY had email, facebook, text messaging, skype, perhaps a personal blog? There is an overwhelming amount of mediums for communication—twitter was one of the later mediums to come out and therefore might be a little too late…

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