Saturday, December 3, 2011

Believe It or Not: Twitter is Not a Social Networking Site

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Twitter has been used for direct communication among social groups and organizations, with the use of hash tags used at the end of a tweet #edchat, which means the communication will be viewed by all users who follow the topic which refers to an ongoing chat among educators.

Twitter has been used for making TV more interactive and social which is referred to as the virtual water cooler or social television. Twitter has been used also to encourage people to watch live TV events, such as the Oscars, the Super Bowl and the MTV Video Music Awards.

Twitter has been used in many different industries and scenarios. It has been used to organize protests, sometimes referred to as Twitter Revolutions that include the 2011 Egyptian protests, 2010–2011 Tunisian protests, 2009–2010 Iranian election protests, and 2009 Moldova civil unrest. The service has also been used in emergencies and political campaigning.

If we will analyze how twitter is used we will arrive a conclusion that they are all leading and connecting to social networking in any directions. But why Twitter is insisting that it is not a social networking website?

Twitter explains the following “Yes. Twitter facilitates social networking, but it’s not a social networking website. In fact, Twitter works quite differently from social networks: when you accept friend requests on social networks, it usually means you appear in that person’s network and they appear in yours. Following on Twitter is different, because instead of indicating a mutual relationship, following is a one-way action that means you want to receive information, in the form of tweets, from someone, company, or organization. If an account seems interesting, you can follow that account and see their updates in your time line.”

According to Wikipedia there are about approximately nearly 300 million registered Twitter users now and still increasing everyday. Everyday between 75 to 80 million tweets Twitter receives and spread them out to the recipients. And the first tweeter message published on March 21, 2006 was “just setting up my twttr“ from Dorsey.

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