Twitter is a free online service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected from one to another through the quick connection of Internet for exchanging frequent answers and questions (James Bucki). However, Twitter has now 32 millions users and an increase is found from a year ago, according to the research from Wall Street Journal (Wall St., 2009). A number of large companies, in terms of businesses and celebrities are using it and they have more than a hundred of followers even it limits users to use only 140 characters or fewer for a tweet.
According to Steve Johnson, it is one certain thing that Twitter makes a terrible impression when one only allowed to send a limited characters to update status but it has been one of the largest platforms in the the world for sharing real-time conversation and data (McIntyre, 2009). The Twitter’s creator claimed that there were reasons for Twitter to limit the characters of tweets which is the threat of attention span on long posting blogging with links and articles. However, this limitation actually turns out to have unsuspected path that Clive Thompson calls it “ambient awareness”. It allows you to get a satisfying glimpse from the tweets from friends or family by updating a short and quick status where Twitter allows you to know without even asking it. In short, Twitter is the most fascinating thing that allows us to do what we do to it, not what it does to us (Johnson, 2009).
As it grows, Twitter has become one of the marketing tools for most companies to communicate with customers, build brands, do research and conduct e-commerce. Wal-Mart is one of the good examples transformed by Twitter in order to inform and have opportunity to tell customers about promotions and new products at remarkably low cost when it allows to provide greater geographic accuracy (Wall St., 2009).
Moreover, some celebrities, such as the most famously Ashton Kutcher have crossed a million followers on Twitter which effectively gives them a huge broadcast-size of audiences (Johnson, 2009). Twitter seems like a mix media experience which has about not just one particular thing but a handful of celebrities, colleagues or a collage of friends. Undeniably, Twitter is not just a communication platform to stay connected with friends and family, it is more like a live reporter which gives you in-the-moment conversation than an abundance of information (Johnson, 2009). Google is a good example which indicates Twitter is a more effectively supplier which needs longer time to build audiences; if you’re looking for interesting sites about hacker leaks nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, you search Google. If you are looking for comments from your social network about how the nude photo is criticized and talked about, you go to Twitter.
In addition, Twitter is more than a communication platform nowadays which threatens and causes a lot of problems in journalism. Furthermore, Twitter is more like a pressure or threat for politics. The origin of journalism changes when Twitter users are now defined as influencers who actually have the greater power of changing or influencing politics. One of the facts that e-journalism seems to be a problem in Canadian politics where citizen journalists were mistaken of using Twitter as a way to report news.
Discussion on Canadian politics by The Insiders about how Twitter influences public and changes the way how we live.