Practicum – Twitter

As I’ve been using Twitter more frequently, I’ve begun to use it for a variety of reasons.  Not only do I use it to keep up with my friends, I use it to Follow news sources such as Fox News, CNN, and the New York Times, celebrities such as the Kardashians and Lady Gaga, and some other entertaining accounts such as Totalsratmove and UWGirlProblems.  Twitter has come to serve many functions for me based on who I Follow.  It has become my quick and easy news source, a way to keep up with Hollywood celebrities, and has become an addicting distraction.

News Source.  News sources, such as Fox News and CNN, post short clips of recent news that may be found on their website or television show.  They often place the link to the full news story in their Tweet so that you are able to get all of the details and find similar stories.  I have found this extremely beneficial for my busy lifestyle.  Myself, and I’m sure many others, do not have time to sit down in front of the TV everyday to watch the local and national news.  With Twitter, I can get all the news I need using my Blackberry Twitter application.  It’s all at the palm of my hand or on my laptop.  I don’t need to schedule my day around when the news will be on, since that is not always possible being a college student.  Twitter has definitely become an easy way to access information about what is going on locally, nationally, and worldwide.  By using Twitter to keep up to date on the news, I actually feel more informed than I did without Twitter because I don’t need to go searching to find information – it’s all right there in one spot.

Just for Fun.  Celebrities, sports teams, and other entertainment sources are all over Twitter.  A few that I Follow are ItsWillyFerrel, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Packers, UW Football, and UW-Madison.  UW Football and the Packers give play-by-play updates of football games, Kim Kardashian talks about herself (a lot), ItsWillyFerrel’s Tweets are absolutely hilarious (see picture below), and Lady Gaga gives updates about concerts and albums.  There are a variety of ways to stay in touch with “just for fun” things that I otherwise would not have time to look up.  Twitter has become a source of entertainment on top of being a social networking site.  It’s not just a way to keep up with friends, like Facebook generally is.  I’ve actually found myself taking study breaks on Twitter more than I do on Facebook!

Twitter has become an increasingly popular social networking site in recent years and I can only assume that it is because of its convenience.  You can catch up on what your favorite celebrities are doing, learn about what’s going on around the world and in your hometown, or just get distracted and find yourself consumed by all of the entertaining and hilarious Twitter accounts that are out there.  There are so many ways to use Twitter and each user can customize just who they want to Follow and who can Follow them.  It’s a way to stay current on everything, not just to keep up with your friends.  I have found Twitter to be extremely helpful and convenient because of its short, straight to the point format.  I get the information I want at a time that works best for me.  It doesn’t get much easier than that to stay up to date!

2 Comments on “Practicum – Twitter”

  1. tbrickman says:

    I really love using twitter for both of the reasons you have stated. Though I don’t necessarily follow “real” news sites, I find that I get all of my news on today’s popular culture through twitter. When Steve Jobs died, I felt like I knew immediately, before many of the news stations reported his death. Additionally, I love reading tweets from my friends. I like being updated on their daily lives without having to make an effort to keep in touch with them. And with celebrity tweets mixed in with the tweets of people I know in real life, I can pretend like I am friends with the famous people that I follow on twitter!
    However, a large part of the reason that I use twitter is to post updates about what is going on in my life. Whenever I am doing something fun or unique, I love to document it on twitter- I especially love attaching pictures to my tweets. I think it is a great way to keep all of my friends updated on my daily activities in a fast, easy way!

  2. Just a quick comment about your preacticum project! Since you started to tweet more and follow different things something that may interest you is looking at @UWGirlProblems or @SconnieProblems. Just an idea, they are kind of funny. Maybe you already do follow these but I thought it could be something to blog about that relates to your project 🙂

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