Tag Archives: Twitter

#TwitterRevolution

I’m currently watching the documentary #TwitterRevolution on CNBC and Jack Dorsey’s story is so inspiring.

I always find the undeniable power that Twitter possesses over the masses mind blowing no matter how long I spend trying to mentally dissect it. Whether it’s aiding in the discovery of the Boston bombers or journalists taking to the social media site to gain insight on breaking information, the #TwitterRevolution is here to stay. 

It always shocks me when I meet someone who doesn’t have a Twitter account. My boyfriend actually just made an account a few months ago, and I feel almost ashamed that he has sent out 0 tweets since creating it. As the documentary said, “Twitter is now home-base for the ‘who’s who’,” so if you don’t have an account yet, I highly suggest creating one.

Information is power, and Twitter users are given an unparalleled platform to dole out information to the masses. However, Twitter also enables internet trolls to freely express all negative thoughts they have on any given situation, which is clearly a deterrent for some. 

“When you share your opinions with your followers, they will share theirs with you.” Twitter users are (initially) unknowingly signing up for an open discussion of sorts wherein all of their fellow Twitter users can respond to whatever they post. Some people undoubtedly feel more courageous behind a keyboard, which of course contributes to the idea of digitized hate, but there are times when these internet haters don’t expect hateful responses back. 

The increased popularity Twitter has received in the past few years has created an idea that transcends the world living behind our computer and cell phone screens. Often Twitter users will rank social popularity based on their online followers. Now, I’m not above spitting out my number of followers when someone tries to use theirs against me, but this newfound way of valuing your self-worth (and how worthy others are of your time) seems a bit superficial at times. 

Nonetheless, everyone from employers to NBA players take to Twitter to check out what’s going on in the world and value it as a primary source for up-to-date information. It is a fascinating primary source unlike anything our world has experienced before.

Twitter’s seemingly organic integration into the world is slowly but surely changing young America and the way we live our lives. The 21st century youth think, act and handle situations differently than any other previous generation that has preceded us. It is changing the way the world receives the news and it is a primary focus of my own journalistic interests and future endeavors. Personally, I have loved Twitter since the minute I created my first account back in 2009. Sure, I felt as though I “had nothing to tweet about”, but once you get over that fear of lacking creativity, you learn that you possess all the originality in the world as your Twitter timeline is (usually) just that: your original thoughts, stream of consciousness, opinions and aspirations all in one convenient location. 

So go forth, young Twitter users, and start using Twitter to its utmost influential potential. Also, follow me @JeanOveralls to get more updates of what I’m thinking! 

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Dissecting Digitized Hate

I’d like to be able to pinpoint the exact moment in history when digitized hate became a ‘thing’.

Twitter has been around since 2006, but it’s popularity has undoubtedly skyrocketed in the past few years. Considered (by me) to be one of the quickest outlets for users to publish their feelings of disdain in 140 characters or less, Twitter is like the painful arguments you’d have with a sibling or close friend. You know the ones whom (in the heat of the moment) leave you with a gut-punch of a hurtful comment at the end of it all, only this time that gut-punch is preceded by a hashtag. Let’s just say, the age of digitized hate is definitely upon us.

I often wonder how this newfound outlet for publicizing hateful comments influences our “natural” affinity for others. Ya know, like, in the real world. Passively seeing a person fill up our Twitter timeline or Facebook home page with negative comments, whether about others or simply about the universally shared case of the Mondays, allows that negativity to be stored in our minds only to be called upon during a later encounter. I believe that we are reminded of things like a person’s social media presence first, and their “true” character, outside of what they present online, second. This presents a distinct problem for our technology-dependent generation in that we not only deem it acceptable or common to judge a person based on their online etiquette, but also we seem to forget that those hateful posts we carelessly submit to the  world wide web are, in fact, permanent ink on millions of computer screens.

Have you ever held an online argument or posted a something hateful that you later ended up regretting?

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Never Gonna Hustle

On July 24, something amazing happened in the world. No, I’m not talking about the disclosure of the Royal Baby’s three-part moniker and literally everyone taking to social media sites to gush over baby George Alexander Louis. I am, however, speaking of Matthew Berry connecting with me on Twitter. Picture this:

I’m sitting on half of my seafoam green couch (not because I chose one half over the other, but rather because I currently only have half of my couch in my apartment) staring into an equally unfinished living room. It was a hot Chicago afternoon and all I could think about was cool, sweet melons to curb my overheated body and insatiable appetite. After thinking a long while about, well, nothing important, I began daydreaming of the joy that would soon grace my apartment: Comcast internet and cable TV.

Included in this glorious cable TV package are two, count ’em TWO, ESPN channels. I know, I’m a high roller with my half-couch and two ESPN channels. So as any self-respecting Twitter user would, I began tweeting random thoughts regarding my current situation. Directly after a frivolous tweet about melons with the sweet hashtag of #MelonsOnMyMind, I sent out an even more frivolous tweet to Matthew Berry.

Pretty frivolous, right? Twitter is basically like my impulsive, public diary in that it reveals things such as my run-in with a stranger who smells like my puppy’s breath and who I’d like to eat pizza and watch ESPN with on the weekends (apologies to my boyfriend who has been dreaming of hearing me say those romantic words to him since we met).

Fast-forward to a mere 5 hours later when the man who basically got me my summer internship* appears in my push notifications. 

I’m not sure why he responded to me, but I’m not going to question it! I’ve been listening to his Fantasy Focus podcast for a few weeks now, so although I feel like we’ve created a fairly strong bond, I can only assume he now feels the same  after tweeting me back…or at least we share a similar love of pizza and sports networks.

I thought the hardest part was getting a response, but now the real challenge is getting the other half of the couch to my apartment so Matthew Berry will have somewhere to sit while we bond over mini pizzas and ESPN. But hey, who needs an entire couch when you have the clutch combo meal of Matthew Berry, mini pizzas and ESPN? Not this guy.

*Pretty hilarious story as to how I basically got hired for my summer internship with a sports comedy website, Bacon Sports. Look out for a post on that adventure soon!

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Letting It All Hang Out

I am a student at a college that, despite holding a fairly high position in the notorious Best Colleges rankings,  is often mistaken for other Universities in the area.  Similar to my school choice, I am pursuing a career that is equally overlooked and often mistaken for a life of “written bullshit” that leaves you poor and struggling: Journalism.

From trying to figure out how to get started (still doing that) to overcoming the numerous mini-heart attacks I get whenever thinking about my future, it has been quite the journey so far. The weird part? I love it. I enjoy directly challenging myself and pushing my limits, even if my perfectionist personality gets in the way 99% of the time. The hard part? Narrowing down what field of journalism I would ultimately like to spend the rest of my life happily frolicking in and blossoming into an awesome journalist.

I’m all about inspirational quotes, whether from the ubiquitous Pinterest pins my friends post or the unique encounters with people every day, so I’ll be sure to include them on this blog whenever I can!

Thanks for reading, and remember: “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” -Nietzsche.

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