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May

by jajamoo

Yesterday in class, we talked about blogging. Apparently, another phenomenon known as microblogging has become the new virtual phenomenon on the internet and cellphones. Microblogging is like blogging but is more like updates that are posted to a microblogging site (such as Twitter), which consist of no more than a few hundred characters. Tweeting has become a phenomenon that most of us did not see coming. As Biz Stone said on the Colbert Report a while ago, “[Twitter] was something we didn’t know we needed until it came out…” Now, I don’t know about people needing Twitter but I can say that it has become an indispensible tool for institutions, journalists, and politicians alike.

At first, I imagined Twitter to be some sort of gimmick but I see now that it has become more relevant than I thought at first. For example, President Obama uses Twitter to make updates about policies he is pushing or his plans for the future. In addition, even more up-to-minute news has become more common place: the recent elections in Iran were not particularly open to criticism or transparency. The real-time updates that Twitter provided helped the world know what was going on during Iran’s tumultuous times during the elections. When natural disasters occur such as the tragic earthquake in Haiti or Chile, Twitter was a great tool to alert the world of the disaster that was occuring in real-time, as opposed to only waiting for the world media to fly in to cover the disaster hours or days later.

I guess my point in this post is that Microblogging (especially Twitter) has become a bigger phenomenon than I realized at first and that microblogging such as Twitter has become very relevant to the world and will continue to be relevant in the coming years.

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Sources:

http://www.twitter.com

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/223487/april-02-2009/biz-stone

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-2-2009/twitter-frenzy

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