Archive | June, 2012

Extra Credit: Twitter

3 Jun

RE: what does it mean to be put in Twitter jail? I honestly don’t understand Twitter. What is it about that particular social network that appeals to you? Please persuade me that it is a worthwhile tool. You could even write a one-page argument defending Twitter as an extra credit assignment if you like.


Twitter: An information network. Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place. (

I was introduced to Twitter in 2009 during the time MySpace was deceasing, and Facebook was reaching the mountain peak. One of my friends joined Twitter during that time and constantly kept saying how cool twitter was and insisted me to join. I eventually ended up joining Twitter, however I did not use it often since I found complicated. After I got the hang of it I seriously became addicted to Twitter, I just couldn’t get off Twitter! Since I didn’t have internet access on my phone back then, I activated the text notifications so I was literally tweeting via text all day just random stuff. This is where Twitter jail comes along. I was not aware each user had a limit of 100 tweets per hour, if you surpass 100 tweets within an hour you’re sent to Twitter jail which basically means you are not allowed to tweet till the next hour or so. I was sent to twitter jail a few times especially during the Lakers game I would seriously tweet play by play it was terrible. I would get this anxiety not being able to tweet that’s how bad it was, but after time I got over it and calmed my tweeting.

This social network appeals to me in a variety of ways such as, it has helped build networks, made new friends, ways to interact with your favorite celebrities, and has definitely turned out to be my source for current news (“breaking news”).Twitter has turned out to be a great source for me to network, I’ve luckily been able to meet great people in the industry who have in a way mentored me in my career of choice by giving me advice and support. I’ve also built great friendships with people that share same interest with me, whether its basketball, music, or whatever I’ve met awesome people not only from LA from almost all over the world. It’s kind of cool if you ask me! Another reason is that I can interact with my favorite celebrities and know what they’re up to. I’ve died a couple of times when my all-time favorites have replied back to me like Derek Fisher (former Lakers, who now plays for OKC Thunder) and Ludacris that’s just to name of a few. Lastly, Twitter is the place to get your news from. I warn you though it can be a TV/MOVIE spoiler since people from the East usually get priority because of the time difference they will spill the beans in a tweet. I can almost guarantee that you will find something out first on Twitter before it’s actually announced on national TV.

Thus far, If you’re looking for a place to entertain yourself, get news, build networks, make friends, promote, or whatever you name it by all means Twitter is the place to be. It’s like that place that has no boundaries and allows you to interact with people from all over the world. Overall it’s a pretty interesting social network; you can expect the unexpected there. Join if you haven’t done so already, explore the world of twitter 🙂