I noticed something as I began writing this post. Pre-Twitter days, the world always said that birds chirp. Not tweet. Just a little food for thought.
Just like Mallary Tenore said in her article, I thought Twitter was something that I’d never get into or ever use. That was true for the first couple years of existence. The reason I ever got a Twitter account in the first place was because my mom had one and she kept sharing with me funny things that celebrities were saying. To me, it was a really cool idea to be able to be connected to your favorite celebrities in a medium that they could share their thoughts at a distance and you could be close to them without hiding in a tree outside of their window.
Twitter has evolved into a journalistic revolution. It brought a whole new meaning to breaking news. It’s completely different now. Steve Buttry outlines Twitter’s effect on breaking news in his article. In the article he says, “When public news breaks in your community, whether that news is a plane crash, terrorist attack, earthquake, flood, mass murder or snowstorm, people who have seen and experienced the news event tweet about it.” That is completely true. When things like that happen, your Twitter feed is full of people’s opinions and coverage of the event and this can give you a feel of how people are reacting. Twitter makes everything quick. News flies into the world at the length of 140 characters at an insane rate of speed and shared at that same speed all over the world.
My experience with Twitter has been full of reporters live-tweeting an event. I’ve seen people argue with each other with 140 character or less insults. I’ve seen floods of breaking news come from every source in the world all at the same time clogging up my feed. With Twitter, a current aspiring journalist has seen the craft of journalism transform into this high-paced attack of news.