The Power of Twitter

This social media powerhouse has evolved since its debut in 2006. The site has become a habit for every day users as well as a platform for activists. Here, I provide five main points to further discuss it's power: Media Ecology, Addressivity, Cultural Conversations, Hashtags & Regulation.

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  1. The Five Points

  2. 1. Media Ecology:
  3. This term is defined as “the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs”
  4. Essentially, we use media ecology to dig deeper into different media sites and analyze how their features affect human relationships. This study is important because it leads to improvements in other sites.
  5. By analyzing Twitter, we can see how it functions as a public forum for people to use any form of expression protected under the first amendment. There are many different points of views on this site and, as Crandall & Cunningham referenced in their article, sites like Twitter can be compared to a kaleidoscope where "a person cannot control the result, only how long to linger on each visual arrangement before giving it another turn.” (Crandall & Cunningham, 2016, p.22).
  6. 2. Addressivity:
  7. Twitter allows users to address each other using the "at replies" symbol. This symbol was originally used in emails but have become an easy and efficient way to tweet or tag someone.
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  9. As you can see from the above image, there are various uses for the "@" symbol. Here a few examples of how Twitter users utilized this function:
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  11. Kevin Hart uses the "@" symbol to call out a fellow comedian. He is not necessarily seeking a response from Mike Epps but is instead more focused on ensuring that other users know exactly who is speaking about by using Mike Epps' Twitter handle.
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  13. In this exchange, Wendy's uses the symbol to reply to a customer. In this type of exchange, a chain of tweets has been created. This allows other users to follow the entire conversation.
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  15. Finally, this tweet illustrates how the symbol is used to tag someone. No reaction is needed because the main reason for the tweet is to make sure that the person sees the video.
  16. It is important to note the difference between this form of communcation versus a direct message. DMs are private direct messages that are intended to only be seen by the recipient. Others that follow the sender or recipient are not able to see such a message.
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  18. 3. Cultural Conversations
  19. While all races use Twitter, statistically speaking, Blacks have taken Twitter & ran with it. According to Brock, 25% of online Blacks utilize Twitter while only 9% of online Whites do. Also, it is important to note that 1 in 10 Blacks use Twitter every day, four times more than Whites (Brock, 2012, p. 529, p. 535).
  20. This advanced use of Twitter can be attributed to a subsection of the site called "Black Twitter". Lisa France explains it best below:
  21. What is Black Twitter?
  22. According to Meredith Clark, Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas, there is a six stage process of "being Black Twitter":
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