<< by on March 10th, 2009
So I’m sure you, along with the rest of the world, have been hearing non-stop updates on everything to do with Twitter the past few weeks. When I hear the word “Twitter”, immediately the Hulu commercials depicting consumer’s brains turning to mush comes to mind. I feel like my mind has been completely turned to “mushy mush” simply from all the references to Twitter. It’s everywhere.
In light of all the buzz… or twittering… or tweeting?…chirping???… about Twitter, I thought I’d sum up my favorite news from the recent past.
In case you have been living under a rock, here’s a brief explanation of what exactly Twitter is:
Wikipedia’s definition of Twitter:
“Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service. It enables its users to send and read other users’ updates (known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.”
You know Twitter has become main stream when Entertainment Weekly is publishing the latest celebrity tweets. Honestly, who wants to read about Ryan Seacrest tweeting about the new Miley Cyrus song? Or that MC Hammer recently went out and it was raining and he forgot his coat? Not me. But obviously someone’s into it. If you want to see what they are doing, just follow them!
You know it’s controversial. Some people love it, some people hate it, and some people just flat out don’t get it. Recently, John Stewart did a bit about Twitter. The segment addresses the issue that people can get so engrossed in their desire to constantly tweet, that they are missing out on what’s actually going on. Example: Congressmen updating their tweets during the State of the Union address. Stewart compares them to school children, and the whole reason why they aren’t allowed to have cell phones in class… because they won’t pay attention! It also pokes fun at it and other social media like it, suggesting them a portal that allows stalking.
Finally, Twitter vs. Google. Twitter is applauded at being a search engine that offers up real-time results. Will Twitter eventually replace Google? Heck no. But the question still looms. If your company is going to try to get ahead using Twitter… be careful. (You may have read about Skittles.)
So there’s a brief summary about what all the hype’s about… Now go log on to your account because I know you’re itching to tweet about your heartburn after eating that spicy chili. I’m sure your followers will be thrilled!