When trying to think of which part of the blog I enjoyed writing about most I struggled to pinpoint only one. After logging into Twitter I realised it was its 10th birthday and thought why not celebrate it by writing my final blog post about how the wonderful world of Twitter interlinks with many of the subjects our blog posts have touched on.
- Online Resources
Twitter is a great place to find a variety of sources, although many of them are not necessarily academic sources this is a place where we find most of our information first. For example, whenever a major story breaks through I hear about it first through my automatic Twitter notifications from accounts such as The Guardian. This then links to a reliable source such as The Guardian’s website.
2. Audience Participation
Recently Twitter created the option to create polls that allows users to vote anonymously from two options within 24 hours. This gives users the opportunity to ask their follows for their participation and input on almost anything e.g. ‘Should the UK leave the EU?’ (Yes or No) Or ‘What should I have for dinner?’ (McDonald’s or KFC).
3. Online Communities
In my blog post about this subject I spoke about Taylor Swift’s fanbase (‘swifties’) who have a huge presence on social media, especially Twitter. However this is not the only fanbase to have a large online presence on Twitter. Twitter is a platform that allows online communities to communicate freely with each other, although 140 can be restrictive. From here online communities often become close friends and will sometimes organise meet-ups to hang out with each other and bond over their shared interests. Accounts such as Taylor Nation help to support and encourage these online relationships.
4. Online Visibility
An obvious subject that links with Twitter is online visibility. From reading many previous blog posts on this topic it seemed many of us did not realise how much information about ourselves is available online. Since reading everyone’s stories and solutions to protect our data I have made many of my accounts private, including Twitter. This way only those I know will have access to the content I display.