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Twitter – excuse me?

Posted in Twitter by adda21 on October 4, 2009
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“Twitter” – I must admit, the first time I heard this very word has not occured long ago. Even though I would consider myself to be well active on the Social Web,  it has only been a term for me since I’ve started studying “International Communication and Media”.

Since then, I’ve started to notice more and more people falling in love with this platform. And why not? My first thought after taking a look myself was “it is really, really simple”.  Twitter seems to be the purest and quickest form of social networking, or, if you can call it that…blogging.

Twitter also seems to be the new uniform of the Social Web. Almost every site you visit, be it videos, forums, other networks, everyone is offering to “follow us on Twitter” up front.

Some reports say that social networks such as Facebook or Twitter would reduce the user’s morals and empathy, which studies seem to have rejected.
Meanwhile a psychologists claims that while Facebook strenghtens the short-term memory and thus raise the intelligence of its user, Twitter with its fast style would work counterproductive towards these attributes.

People who critize Twitter often state that they do not want to read about just anybody’s issues online, and that people who would never speak up face to face, go on a rant about whatever comes to their head.

Since most other social platforms also offer opportunities to quick-post spontaneous thoughts, Twitter should just be seen as a combination of that and traditional blogging. If you don’t want to read just anybody’s rants…just avoid them!