Twitter Comes Out On Top

Posted: May 6, 2011 in Week #14

When the news first broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Twitter triumphed in bringing that breaking news story to millions. In a matter of minutes, the news went viral, and the whole world knew that the world’s most dangerous terrorist was no longer with us. Thanks to 4G download speeds, the internet, and social media, we no longer have to wait for the morning headlines or the morning television news to find out what is happening around the world. The importance that social media has on journalism is even greater. Computers, smartphones, and tablets are virtually taking over. From Navy Seal, to President Obama, to my cell phone’s Twitter account, and finally to my eyes; that’s the new face of journalism. Where does the actual “journalist” fit into that scenario? Can journalists have a “face” in this day and age? With Twitter, all we see are avatars and 140 characters. We know there has to be a person typing those characters onto the screen, but even then, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the account holder writing it.

Social media, and in this case Twitter, is changing the game of journalism so journalists have to be more creative than ever to make a name for themselves. They have to go above and beyond aggregation, and actually write meaning words, and then boil that essence down to highlight those meanings on Twitter. Along with the Navy Seals, I think Twitter also came out on top as a hero because Twitter is showing that it can be a leader.

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