Well, it’s actually week six of an 11-week quarter, but that’s a quibble!
On Monday, I asked my digital journalism students to reflect on their four weeks with Twitter. One reason: to give me an idea of what they are experiencing and thinking. Another reason: they have to write an essay about their experience as part of their final work for the course; this exercise primes that pump.
Here is that discussion summary:
Twitter is being utilized by a (surprisingly) wide variety of people (demographics).
- Flattens power structures.
Twitter is a democratic form of communication.
- It’s not Facebook.
Twitter is more of news source than social networking tool.
Twitter can be a news source or personal space.
Twitter simplicity is a plus.
- It can be noisy.
Twitter noise means filters are important; tools in development, like Tweetdeck, help. But Facebook is noisy, too. Universal class objection to invites to applications – noise! – meant that the ’ignore’ button was lauded.
As a political space, Twitter facilitates and enables grassroots activity
Twitter can change the face of breaking news.
- Illustrates the power of many eyes (open source ethic).
Although there is a risk of bad information being widely transmitted, it can also be identified and corrected quickly.
There you have it. What do you think?