We Don’t Talk About It- Twitter Is The Superior Social Media Platform
Twitter… oh Twitter. Home to the thread sized rants, endless noteworthy memes, and complaints of the general population of the world. I for one stayed off this platform for the longest time; to me, it seemed like a catalyst for drama (which I actively avoid) and an overall waste of time. I never really cared about how Kim Kardashian was feeling or what someone else had to say about the weather. Besides, everyone seemed to be saying the same exact thing no matter what was going on… The whole platform just screamed redundance and repetition.
However, when I joined an intensive summer internship program during my junior year of high school, I was asked to create a Twitter account for professional reasons. Having an account that was associated with my full name meant that I was Google-able (and everyone knows how important it is to have a clean internet presense). The mentors from the program encouraged all of the students to use the account for promotional purposes; we were to post our opinions in a sophisticated manner and share articles from credible sources. It was even acceptable to post small brags here and there.
At first, the idea of having a Twitter account did not sit well with me. Why would I want to tell everyone what I am doing? Why was it important for my name to be Google-able? Who cared what I thought about various issues or events? The whole idea behind having an account seemed superficial. To make matters worse, there were guidelines that had to be followed after the account was made. The organization that led the internship program created booklets that clearly outlined what to do and what not to do, who to follow and who not to follow, amongst many other things. I remember staring at the screen with my blank profile staring right back at me. I had nothing to say.
Flash forward to present day! I refresh my Twitter feed multiple times a day. I interact with my friends and favorite tweets from my favorite music artists and journalists. I no longer face the dilemma of “Can I tweet this?” or “Who is going to look at this?” before posting a tweet. I know the power of this platform and how to play it to my advantage.
Twitter is fast paced. Information on current events hits Twitter as the events unfold. As a result, the general public has the ability to stay as up to date as they wish to be.
For example: If a terror attack occurs, there is usually not enough information for a substantial write up or blog post. Because of this, news outlets and other media sources share as much information as they can on Twitter. Society finds comfort in being aware of what is going on in situations like this.
On a lighter note, Twitter is also usually the first platform to share information on book signings, concert tickets, and meet and greets. By having all of this information available on a single feed, users are able to actively participate in their fandoms and stay in the loop with their favorite actors, musicians, and authors. This is a feature that is equally important to both sides.
Another perk of Twitter is that millions of people around the world use this app and website; this opens doors to a large variety of perspectives. While this may be annoying at times, it is still a valuable feature because users are exposed to opinions that they might not come across in real life; this exposure is definitely one of the things we take for granted in today’s society.
Because of all of these features, Twitter has asserted its superiority in the world of social media; we are very lucky to have the world at our fingertips!