I know I gave my Twitter name at the beginning of this. But this just links to my profile with all my tweets (or at least I think it does). I’m not sure it’s even needed, because I didn’t write my project on my Twitter, but I just thought I’d give it anyways. Enjoy…?
Oh my gosh… Sometimes I just hate technology. I was just typing away, minding my own business and apparently my mouse was on the refresh button, and I accidentally hit the touch pad, refreshing the page, and therefore deleting everything I just wrote. So take two!
Um, I’m not sure what to do at this point. In the beginning, I was really against the idea of Twitter. And I wasn’t really happy with my choice to do a project on it. But I thought it would be a good learning experience. I had a bad attitude about it. But somewhere down the line, I just started to embrace it. And it changed everything. Twitter is by far more interesting than I gave it credit for, although it’s still quite an obnoxious form of social media. Then again so is Facebook, but I still continue to use it daily.
My problem is, where do I go from here? Should I keep tweeting? I have 5 followers, whether they’re legitimate or not. And I have linked my Twitter to Facebook and I have a few friends that enjoy my posts. But it’s really more than that.
Twitter is a lifestyle. One that is hard to keep up with unless you are an intense Twitter user. As far as knowing what’s going on in the world, it’s way better than Facebook. I learned a lot more of news-type information than I ever have on Facebook. Twitter is constantly being updated, every second. People have jobs for updating! And there is SO much information happening every second, you’re either up on it, or you’re out. You can’t really live in between.
As far as staying with it…? Too much stress. I think I lost some hair in the last month just trying to keep up (although, being poly, I could do with a little less hair).
I don’t know. The digital world is amazing. There’s so much to learn and understand, but like I said, it’s hard to keep up. For now, I think it’s time for a break. Although I’m glad I got to do it all in the first place.
Now, I’m off to go enjoy the real world (cuz I hear there is still one out there)! And by real, I mean offline ;]
It’s been fun. Cheers!
PS. also note, on my Tumblr, It’s not just on one page, there’s a little arrow in the corner to go to the next page for more posts. Just making sure you see it!
Last legitimate post! …I think.
We talked about cyborgs today, which is super interesting! Unfortunately, that’s not what I’m going to be talking about.
In the book “Understanding Digital Culture” by Vincent Miller, it says, “…when technologies are being used, the tool and the tool user become ‘one’ in the sense that, in use, the tool ‘withdraws’ from us as a separate object and becomes part of the body image and overall identity of the person.”
Okay in a sense I’m talking about cyborgs(…?). We talked about how clothing is a tool that just became part of us and our identity. And then we talked about a cell phone doing the same thing. It’s a little scary to think about, but that’s what we as people are becoming. Now I suppose it’s a bit of a stretch, but I thought I’d bring Twitter into the equation.
Obviously, Twitter doesn’t really have a physical form, but it comes on your phone. The quote got me thinking. The phone is the tool, and what you do on the phone gives you an identity. You wouldn’t really consider your phone a part of your identity if you weren’t doing anything on it, right? So, Twitter comes with that tool. And it most certainly gives you an identity. It gives you an identity in the world, in your personal relationships, etc.
it all actually made me think of what communication will be like in the future. Are we all just going to be texting each other, or heaven forbid, @replying each other for ALL communication?? If our phones are becoming part of our identity, how far will our usage, our obsession, go? Will we consider it so much of our identity and body image that we only use it to communicate? Perhaps we’re just the same as machines afterall.
I don’t know. Perhaps it seems like a bit of a stretch in trying to relate Twitter to this topic, but it makes sense to me.
And look at that. This one is pretty short! I know, you’re secretly celebrating…
Okay, well one more just conclusion post in the morning should do it. Ah, look at the time. It’s 3am. Time to tweet.
I feel like this is a typical relationship on Twitter:
Person: @justinbieber i love ur muzik please RT this or respond back to me !! im ur like biggest fan pleaseeee!
2 hours later:
Person: @justinbieber this is my 50 bajillionth time writing u plz respond i am a fan!
3 days later:
Person: @justinbieber i hate u why u treat ur biggest fan like this? u can just go jump off a bridge !
1 minute later:
Person: @justinbieber i was just kidding justin i luv u please respond!!
Okay, perhaps that’s a little exaggerated (not the conversation part, the fact that it’s a typical Twitter relationship). The majority of tweets I see to famous people are them begging them to follow them, RT (retweet), or respond. And of course, that isn’t always how it goes. Not to mention that a lot of people actually do respond or RT or favorite the tweet or something. And how do the fans react? “Oh my gosh I think I’m gonna faint. @justinbieber just responded to me!” “@justinbieber thx for the RT! Made my LIFE!”
Does this count as a personal relationship? To me…..No. But to some, perhaps. Even if Justin Bieber did retweet your post or respond, it doesn’t mean you know him and are friends with him. It doesn’t make your relationship personal. Although as far as Twitter being a popularity contest, I think people strive to make it as personal as they can. But some do think it is personal.
And there is another aspect of Twitter that truly is personal. It’s the relationships you have with your followers that you actually know. I found it interesting that Hailey Gardiner was disagreeing with what I was seeing in the Twitter world. Now I actually looked up Hailey’s Twitter. She has quite a few followers and she’s semi-popular on Youtube. Not to mention that she has active friends and family members on Twitter. I can see how our viewpoints differ. I have NO family or friends on Twitter. I have (count ‘em!) five followers, none of which know me personally or watch me on Youtube. So when she says things can be personal, I can understand why should would say that. And I don’t disagree with that. It can be very personal, but as I search around Twitter, I see a lot (A LOT) of NOT personal stuff. Or, I suppose, attempted personal relationships (like the one-way conversation to Justin Bieber).
I do believe that in general, Twitter can make you feel like you’re part of a community, especially if you have followers. Twitter can be a community of interest, of relationships, or of fantasy I suppose. Any person has the opportunity to contact anyone else in the Twitter world.
Relationships are hard to maintain, understand, create, etc. Relationship on Twitter are quite the same. They require work. But it’s pretty neat to think that it’s possible at all. Before technology, how would @justinbieber have been able to reach out to his loyal Beliebers (dear heaven I can’t believe I just said that…)?
Last post coming soon,
Today was the last day of class (so yes, I’m rushing to finish some more posts before this is due), but I mentioned that I was slightly addicted to Twitter. I say that mostly because it caused me to always wonder in the back of my mind what I was going to write next. But I suppose I was kind of being hard on myself… Personally, I just really hate posting things that a) aren’t potentially funny and b) just talking about my life (for example “really tired…wanna go to bed.”) Although that’s how I’m feeling right now, as it is finals week and its 1am, I don’t want to tell people. Not because they don’t care (although that’s true too), but because I just DON’T want to be one of THOSE people. The constant “tweet your every move” type of people. However, that is a way that people take Twitter (or really any social media). And it bugs the CRAP out of me. But either ways, back to what I was originally saying (I tend to stray from my original topic easily, I apologize)… I was always trying to think of what to write next. And it made me think of other things like digital inequality (among other things).
This is a terrible segue (oh my gosh, just learned that that’s not spelled ‘segway’ like the two-wheeled vehicle—feeling like an idiot), but there is digital inequality on Twitter! Just staying pretty general here, but basic inequality for Twitter is access (whether motivational or actual material access) or skill.
As far as access goes, can I generalize and say the majority of Twitter is used by the first world? Is it also safe to say that young adults are the majority of Twitter users? I found an interesting article: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/06/04/who-is-using-twitter/. I obviously can’t verify all of the data, but the numbers make sense to me. Young adults ages 18-29 use Twitter the most, according to the article (at 26%). “Residents of urban areas are significantly more likely to use Twitter than their rural counterparts.” I’d agree with the numbers and the noted findings. So what does that mean? It means that there’s a divide. Although older people still use Twitter, the majority seems to be young adults. Although some of the other world uses Twitter, the majority seems to be city residents.
**Just as a side note (yes, I’m straying again), the article also talks about Black, Non-Hispanic people being the majority of users (at 28%). I completely agree with this and find it very interesting. I’ve noticed many of the popular trends (ex trending now: #SinceWeBeingHonest or #GhettoIceCreamFlavors) would tend to sound? seem? more like something a black person would say (uh oh, am I being racist?). Even if I am seemingly stereotyping, all you need to do is look at who’s putting those hashtags in their tweets. Obviously, yes a white guy could put the hashtag in his tweet (it is trending afterall), but I doubt the majority of people doing it are white.
Back to what I was saying. There is a divide, and actually I just looked on Twitter to where I could finding trending topics. The box in the corner with the trending topics is on “Worldwide trending.” But where else in the world is Twitter noting to have trending topics? Well you can pick a country and a city, but the majority of countries available are doing okay in the world (whether it be most of the country or major cities that are thriving). But that got me thinking of more inequality.
Within countries, not everyone is equal. Take any country and you’ll find people well off and people that are dirt poor. Not everyone has a cell phone (although that’s changing), and definitely not everyone has a smart phone. Twitter has an app (which I use, of course). However, you can also use it on a regular cell phone through an SMS. So it is available to more people than just people with smart phones or with computers (at least it’s closing the gap a little bit?).
In conclusion(!), because I have just talked FAR too much for one post, Twitter does have inequality. However, it will be interesting to see how that changes over the years. 1) Will Twitter be around for a while? 2) With the increasing world access to the internet and mobile phones, what will change?
Will Twitter be the answer to world peace?!! Tune in next time to Digital Rehabilitation Center to find out! ….Dear gosh I’m tired.
Forgot to link the article on the Iran Protests from Time Magazine. Enjoy!
I figured my last post would segway nicely into this post. About the popularity contest…not the mail-order bride post lol.
Okay, so we’re all familiar with KONY 2012… which went viral on Facebook. But I was thinking about Twitter (obviously) and if it could have the same impact. Can Twitter spread “new social movements”?
I think a good first aspect to consider is that new social movements (NSM’s) are created BY the people in the digital world. Now, there still seems like there’s a twist to that. Can I personally spread a new social movement? Absolutely not with my whole THREE followers… However, I believe it’s possible for others to enable NSM’s on Twitter.
As was recently brought up to me… Twitter was a part of the protests in 2009 for the Iran elections (#iranelection). I read a good article from Time Magazine about it, which I will post the link to later. However, this quote that I’ll post really just sums up this Twitter/NSM stuff really well.
"This makes Twitter practically ideal for a mass protest movement, both very easy for the average citizen to use and very hard for any central authority to control. The same might be true of e-mail and Facebook, but those media aren’t public. They don’t broadcast, as Twitter does. On June 13, when protests started to escalate, and the Iranian government moved to suppress dissent both on- and off-line, the Twitterverse exploded with tweets from people who weren’t having it, both in English and in Farsi. While the front pages of Iranian newspapers were full of blank space where censors had whited-out news stories, Twitter was delivering information from street level, in real time…"
Pretty interesting stuff, right? The article goes on to explain that they can’t be sure of the authors of the specific tweets. Were the Tweeters really in Iran protesting or Iranians living in the Western world trying to bring attention to it? Etc, etc. The article said that the Iranian government may have made Twitter accounts to counter the protests. But then the protesters would strike back telling people not to retweet (RT) things from “new” Twitter accounts. Either ways, the word was getting out…and it was through Twitter.
I actually searched #iranelection, and people are still tweeting about it today. In 10 or so days marks the 3 year anniversary of the uproar. It just goes to show how powerful social media is. If it weren’t for Twitter, what would have happened? What changes have come from it?
Twitter can be an enabler of NSM’s. Like I said before, probably not through someone like me (at least for starting a revolution). But if Neil Patrick Harris wanted to start a revolution, he could easily let 3,000,000+ people know in an instant. Not to mention other famous people that are following him (Jimmy Kimmel, People Magazine, etc) could easily let their millions of followers know too. But even NOT famous people work too. For example, I follow Neil Patrick Harris, so if I see his post, I can tweet about it. And my Twitter is linked to my Facebook so my friends can see it, and their friends can see it, etc. It’s all about networking, right (hey, it at least STARTED on Twitter)? Or if I see something revolutionary that’s trending… Some random person had to have tried to get it trending. So I randomly pick it up and spread the word. Blah blah blah…
So, I think it’s safe to say Twitter is capable of great things. It’s just a matter of finding a good cause and having the right people to back it up and spread the word. And I am soooo done talking for now.
Gained another follower today!… Pretty sure it’s a Russian mail-order bride…….
…No I’m serious… Her name is Svetlana…
Not sure why she’s following me. But, it just goes to show the kind of random people you can pick up via Twitter! Interesting stuff!
And good ol’ Destiny Nichols/@nichols_destiny has been following me since day one, and hasn’t yet UNfollowed me! I feel like were good friends. Not good enough friends for me follower HER……but ya know how that goes (or maybe not).
Anyways, I’ll be posting more soon! Stay tuned.
I was just thinking that it is really FREAKING hard to be popular on Twitter. What does it take to be followed by so many?
I told everyone in class that I had one random follower. But I actually looked at the history of my following. I’ve actually had 4 followers! However only 2 still follow me (I know… I’m soooo popular…) No, but really, it made me think. What did I do to deserve even two followers? And what makes people want to follow you, just to unfollow you days later? How did these people find me in the first place?
Well, I can tell you how I got followed by 2 out of the 4 (ironically the same two who then unfollowed me later). On my first day on Twitter, I was finding people to follow. I chose to follow @kevjumba (a popular Youtuber). Shortly after I followed him, I got followed by Kevin Woo/@TheKevJumba. Kevin Woo (actually its Wu—but minor details) is kevjumba’s real name, however it was a fan-controlled Twitter account. A Kevjumba impersonator of sorts, which is a very popular thing to do on Twitter. So this person saw that I followed (the real) @kevjumba, so they followed me. Like the saying goes, any friend of “blank” is a friend of mine. But on Twitter, it’s a little more complicated. Like I said before, there are many impersonators of famous people (@ladygaga—real vs. @ladygagaOficial—fake). And as impersonators, many will do #TEAMFOLLOWBACK, basically saying that if you follow them, they will follow you back (popularity contest?) So my biggest hunch for why I was followed by @TheKevJumba was for that very reason—a follow back. However, when I didn’t follow back, they quickly unfollowed me. Why waste their time and attempts for a follower on someone who won’t pull through?
The second follower/unfollower was Polynesia World/@Poly_Promoters who follow polys to promote #teampoly. I was followed by them shortly after I posted my Instagram photo of the “We Are Samoa” competition. I also tweeted about my #hawaiiproblems. I haven’t posted anything since then about being Polynesian, and they have of course, unfollowed me. Would I have had to continue constantly posting #teampoly for them to have continued to follow me? My whole life doesn’t reflect being Polynesian ALL the time. However, with Twitter, it’s a little shallow like that sometimes. The impersonators only tweet about who their impersonating or who they are a fan of. But is @beiberarmy’s entire life about Justin Bieber? If it is, and all they can say is things having to do with him, then we have SERIOUS problems.
So back to my original thought. Is Twitter a popularity contest? I hope my answer is clear. The next question is, however, how successful is having #teamfollowback in your bio? Because my latest follower @ILoveMuzik30 has it in their bio. I fear when I don’t follow back, they’ll follow suit of @TheKevJumba and @Poly_Promoters…
I’ll end with a tweet I just saw when I searched #teamfollowback. I love sarcastic humor.
“Oh so you have #TeamFollowBack in your bio? That is totally going to make people follow you.”
Well said, @itsAlishaMars. Well said.
Until next time,