I recently came across this article in the state press by Matt Culbertson that discusses the use (or uselessness) of Twitter. Among other things, the author critisizes Twitter for being “mediocritydefined”, and says that it amounts to little more than a stupider version of a facebook feed.
I have to admit that my first impressions of Twitter gave me the same impression. I remember Dr. Gilpin showing us an example of a Twitter post that said “running late for work”, and thinking: “if you were running late for work, why would you take the time to log onto your Twitter account and let the whole world know something that they probably don’t care about?”
However, after the presentations in class and witht he guest video speaker, my opinon quickly changed. For unexperienced people who have not been educated to the benefits of Twitter, I can easily see how it would appear to be a useless waste of time. However, even the littest amount of experience with it proves it to be a useful tool for any media professional.
I came across a blog that discusses the many benefits of Twitter and how to successfully “game” it. The author talks about how one of his collegues amassed thousands of Twitter followers in a matter of days, and how that has affected their careers. If nothing else, it definitly proves to be one of the easiest ways to get a short message out to a mass audience, fast. The blog also gives four helpful hints on how to gain a mass audience using Twitter, and how it can better your career.
So, with that said, and the presenations behind us, that leads me to ask: Does anyone in class believe in Twitter now, or do they agree with Culbertsons assessment that it is “mediocrity defined”?