Social Media Review: Twitter


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Twitter is one of the most popular social media sites. There are over 200 million users on Twitter currently.

by Jack Densmore, Editor-in-Chief

One of the most popular social media websites is Twitter. Almost everyone in the world has one, even the pope. The site continues to gain popularity, and has even beaten Facebook, and other social media sites. The site earns a 5/5 even with its little quirks.

The meaning behind Twitter is to update followers quickly about what the person is doing or thinking. With 140 characters or less, the “tweeter” sends off a message that is quick to read for their followers, instead of a long post. However, 140 characters does have a downside, but Twitter is looking to soon expand to more than 140 characters. “Tweeters” can also post photos, videos, and vines. There are a wide variety of different types of Twitter accounts such as ones that only post photos, celebrity accounts, meme accounts and the list goes on. People also have the option to “retweet” tweets to show they either love, agree or find the tweet funny to their followers.

Twitter is also a great way to spread news quickly. Many newspapers and news outlets use Twitter to tweet breaking news, something that couldn’t have been done before. Now, with the help of hashtags, people will be able to know what’s happening across the world quickly, and as it is happening thanks to Twitter.

If a “tweeter” follows one of their followers back they have the option to direct message said follower, instead of “@ting” them on their profile for everyone to see. With this, Twitter still offers private communication between two people like other sites such as Facebook.

A new addition to Twitter is moments. Moments are trending things happening around the world, and people can follow those events, or things as they happen such as a sporting event, big concerts, award shows and the list goes on. Top tweets, and big moments will be shown if a person clicks on the moments tab and selects a specific moment. It allows people to see the big play in a football game, or a huge award announcement in an awards show.