#Twitter

There seems to be no shortage of social media outlets in the world today. There’s something for everyone. You can share images over Instagram; post video’s to YouTube; stay connected with friends and the larger community on Facebook and let people know your likes, hobbies and skills on Pinterest. These outlets are innovated and allow for users to be creative and express themselves on various levels, whether it be through photographs and memes or simple status updates. One social media platform I haven’t mentioned in the list above is Twitter, now appropriately deemed the second most popular social networking site today.

Since 2009, the name Twitter has become globally known and accepted as a large, popular outlet for people who wish to communicate their idols, one-on-one. 

Founded by Jack Dorsey (@Jack), Evan Williams, Noah Glass and Biz Stone, Twitter began as a small idea in the year 2006 and has since grown into a global platform, and brought with its popularity a whole new language of Twitter jargon as well as ways of communicating easier with others on the website. Terms such as ‘tweeting’ and ‘hashtaging’ are used, almost on a daily basis. The ‘@’ symbol was added as a function of the media platform upon the increase in users who, to make communicating with one another easier, began to use the symbol before usernames. Hashtags (#) were introduced in this same way. Now, there is a hashtag for just about everything. #seriously

Celebrities, journalists, politicians and other public figures have established significant followings on Twitter and use the site as a way of broadcasting news to the world. It is a fun new way of communication for people around the globe, and it’s rapid growth over the last few years and increasing popularity is, to me at least, no real shock.

Love Beth x

 

Follow me on Twitter – @BethanyRayton

 

Sources:

http://twitter.about.com/od/Twitter-Basics/a/The-Real-History-Of-Twitter-In-Brief.htm

http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-networking-websites

http://mashable.com/category/twitter/

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