The age of Facebook has finally started to pass, and from its ashes a new form of media has taken its place. This new social media is Twitter. As someone who is fairly active in social media, the appeal of Twitter is very apparent. The problem with Facebook is the fact that there is a certain social norm for the way people post. People who constantly post and rant via Facebook are looked at as out-of-the-ordinary. Why is this the case? Well, Facebook is a way to interact with a large pool of people in a way that shows off who we are. There is this sort of ‘formal’ feeling in presenting our personal information, activities, occupations, pictures, etc., to the public. It is almost like an online resume of who you are and what you do, and while it is okay to post opinionated posts, it can be seen as annoying if one is constantly ranting via Facebook. The typical user does not want to hear all the nitty-gritty details of people’s opinions, especially if they don’t really know them that well.
So, if people want to rant or talk about anything from political issues to what they had for lunch, where do they go? To Twitter!! Twitter is a designated space where there is less focus on presenting personal information and more focus on just letting our random tid-bits of information. It is a good way for people to say what is on their mind. There is also this notion what my friends call ‘Twitter Therapy.’ This is when a person uses twitter to vent on things that may be on their mind, and a lot of the time they feel better after!
Twitter also differs in Facebook in the sense that it focuses on shorter updates, having a text limit for tweets. While some of us may find this method of shorter text intervals convenient, others see harm in it. With short bits of information that are being updated every few minutes, we see the way information is presented changes, and thus the way we receive information changes. It is Nicohlas Carr that describes this new way of receiving information as a “swiftly moving stream of particles.” Since this stream is giving us new information constantly, he believes it is taking away from the brains ability to form strong neural connections. This negatively affects the brain and how we take in information. He tries to come to the point that this will actually make us dumber. Now, maybe the method by which we receive information has changed, but that does not necessarily imply that this change is a bad thing. For some, a constant exposure to various sources of information may actually be a more effective way to process information.
Regardless of the opinions on Twitter, good or bad, it is safe to say that twitter is going to be around for a while. It is a growing form of media that is both easy and fun to use!