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Twitter April 5, 2007

Posted by Bertan in blogs, Internet, Social Networking Sites.

Twitter (Twitter.com) is a site which has close connections to our class. We all blog weekly for mgmt339, so I thought I’d talk about a new concept called “microblogging” or “moblogging”. I have checked out the site myself, and though I have questions about privacy, it seems like a pretty decent idea to keep in touch with your friends at all times. “Maybe you’re really busy. Maybe you don’t have much to say. Or maybe you’re just lazy. Not a problem.” is how the site defines it seld because the service allows you to broadcast text messages from your phone, your instanst messenger or the actual site, to their phones and accounts on twitter.com.

Twitter currently has 100,000 members, twice as many as 3 weeks ago. Even John Edwards is a member of twitter and uses it daily. The site became popular two weeks ago at a multimedia fare in Texas where the inventor of the multifunction blog was chosen to be the best designer blogs. Other information says that Twitter is still the most searched blog on search engines which I find a little hard to believe. The reason why Twitter has been on the rise is because they worked out a deal with myspace, and to all those who are addicted to Myspace (which I find ridiculous) can now bring myspace to their phones because messages from myspace is sent to their twitter account which is then sent to the member’s mobile phone.

This new blog site got me thinking why is everyone so interested in having their pictures online, always keeping in touch and meeting or “poking” new people online. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a facebook account too, but just what is it that makes it so popular you think? I will give my thoughts soon because I personally don’t know the answer right now either..



1. silviamocanu07 - April 10, 2007

I personally think it is a useful way to keep in touch with people, but also that there are many privacy issues associated with it. How much information about yourself do you want to make public? It all depends on what each person is comfortable with. In addition, I think particularly Facebook is a means of gaining so-called “popularity”. I’ve heard of people who simply add others to simply reach a certain number of friends on their list, which I think is quite childish for college student.
Also, Facebook has detailed privacy settings available to the user, does that apply to MySpace and Twitter? I’ve never used either.

2. Elaine - April 10, 2007

Technology enables everybody to find out anything on anyone basically. These sites may be helpful in sharing personal thoughts with others, but we should all be careful of what we actually write. I feel the pros and cons of blogging balances each other out.

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