Hashtags: Have they changed the world?

Have you noticed all the campaigns and activism that has increased on social media? They all include a hashtag! The Washington Post article written by Caitlin Dewey about #Bringbackourgirls and #Kony2012 was a reminder about the hashtags that were trending this past year that I forgot about. Hence forgot. What happened to them now? Has justice been served? Yes, maybe posting an article or tweeting about an event might not help the cause directly, but I think it does indirectly. The fact that someone is raising awareness in itself about an atrocity is better than staying silent. They are telling the world that they are against it. It may be hard to fly there and directly help out, and sending letters to Congress may be even less productive.

I believe Twitter has changed the world and the way we communicate with each other. The article titled, Breaking Bin Laden: Visualizing the Power of a Single Tweet stated, “Within a minute, more than 80 people had already reposted the message, including the NYTimes reporter Brian Stelter.” This put into perspective how fast information can spread using Twitter, and it can be used for many ways.

For example, the Arab Spring could not have evolved with the speed it did without social media such as Twitter. In a Huffington Post article titled, “Revolutionizing Revolutions: Virtual Collective consciousness and the Arab Spring” written by Yousri Mazrouki, he explained how some revolutions occurred. “One reason is the influence of cyber-activism via social media platforms that classical approaches to collective movements do not take into account,” he said. Another example is in Bahrain, where a human rights activist named Nabeel Rajab was jailed for a tweet. He sent a tweet out against the kingdom and the regime did not like it.

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You can read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yousri-marzouki/revolutionizing-revolutio_b_1679181.html

Twitter definitely has caused change around the world. The “Twitter Literacy” article that talked about the advantages of Twitter gave some really good points that I haven’t thought of. Twitter, however, does have its downsides. The 140 character count can sometimes be extremely irritating. If I want to tweet a rant, I would have to separate that into separate tweets and spam people’s newsfeeds. But I think the pros outweigh the cons. What do you think you like/dislike most about Twitter?

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28 thoughts on “Hashtags: Have they changed the world?

  1. Carly Hernandez January 28, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    I have understood the basics of Twitter since 2007 when I joined. In the beginning stages of Twitter no one really understood how to use it. Since then Twitter has become one of the most popular social media websites. While I still do have that same Twitter account from 2007 I haven’t used it in months. I understand that it is supposed to bring communities together, spread the word of news and media stories, interact with your favorite celebrities and express your mind on a day to day basis. But after a while people get tired of doing the same thing over and over again. When I had my Twitter I never clicked on the hashtags. I know that I joined in on some social movements using different hashtags to “support” the cause. What happened to those causes today? Did they become lost in cyberspace? It’s hard to keep something consistent on social media since it is something that changes every single day. This is the reason why social movements don’t stay alive for more than a couple days. I definitely understand that social media is one of the main and most important ways to relay information and reach communities on a global scale. But there are so many things happening all around the world that it is hard for us to keep up with just one issue at a time. We all have something to express but like they say, actions are more powerful than words. If we really wanted to make a change we would go out and do something about it.

    I like that you can express whatever you want on twitter and be able to follow your favorite celebrities and your best friends. It lets you know what people are up to, where they are and their opinions on different issues. I agree with you in that the 140 word count is frustrating, especially when you have a lot to say. I wonder if people would tweet more if the word count was higher. It’s hard to tell if Twitter is something that is going to stay around for a while because just like Facebook it can only be popular for so long.

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    • jaemillz411 January 30, 2015 / 9:46 am

      I really like Twitter has allowed people across the globe to create the best versions of them online. It gives a microphone to people who would otherwise have no voice in society. They get to promote the person they want to be instead of the person they actually are. Twitter has accomplished what Facebook and Email have failed to do. It allows people become part of global conversion. People can filer through the vast amount of information with a follow button. People choose the news they wish to know about. And that is putting the power in the people’s hands. Twitter, just like the Internet, is only as useful as people want it to be. But one of the most effective methods that Twitter has caused is the acknowledgement of issues around the world. People can start a revolt against injustices in 140 characters. So yes, I believe the pros of Twitter will always out weigh the cons because Twitter makes the once impossible possible and I think that this sort of evolution will only make our societies more collectivistic and informed. With a hashtag or no hashtag it’s all relevant. I also found this website that goes into more pros and cons of Twitter in case anyone is interested.
      http://www.grosocial.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-twitter/

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  2. mvzang January 29, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I am new to Twitter, but have bombarded with hash tag this and hash tag that for years now. I even have cousins that send text messages with hash tags in them! Twitter has been very influential in today’s society, and just about anyone can appreciate when people band together for a cause and something actually gets done, because you’re absolutely correct in saying a letter to a congress person will virtually fall on deaf ears. I am a very visual person and love to interact with people, so when I’m feeling a little lazy or unmotivated to go anywhere, social media can fulfill that desire.

    What I think a lot of people lack today is social or people skills. If you watch how people walk around today, they’re either looking down at their phones or avoiding communicating with an actual an actual human being. On a more basic level, I couldn’t agree with you more that the 150 word limit per tweet is way too low. It’s sometimes hard to try and get your point across to the reader with so few characters.

    I‘ve found myself really appreciating the smaller things like following the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on Twitter. They post real time hazards on the roadway such as traffic crashes and when they have been cleared. This helps my long commute to school and other expeditions in the car. I’ve also followed history pages that post interesting facts and photos about Michigan from the 1800’s, which I have an interest in. Only time will tell if I’m the person that continues to use it, or it falls to the wayside like other social media outlets have in the past.

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    • efekete February 1, 2015 / 11:32 pm

      @mvzang I agree that I have received personal messages from friends and family with hashtags and I wonder to myself, “is this a joke?” Its funny to think that we are becoming conditioned by social media in how we communicate to one another. Maybe this direction of using shorter sentences will make people more direct in oral communication. It is amazing though that Twitter has changed our syntax, basically when we tweet we’re writing a headline.

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      • mvzang February 1, 2015 / 11:58 pm

        Nothing worse than a long winded message. I do appreciate short concise messages.

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  3. Brandon Coulter January 29, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Their is no need to pull punches when talking about the lack of true care that the majority of Twitter users have when applying a “hashtag activism” campaign within their latest tweet about Game of Thrones or how amazing their fourth drink of the day from Starbucks is. The fact that the cause is being spread by a large number of people across the internet is in itself an amazing feature. This being said, promoting a “hashtag activism” campaign without actually putting in any genuine effort to support a cause is relatively worthless, short of spreading the issue across the globe. It is amazing for people to go slightly out of their way to tweet about the latest issue and how it affects the afflicted it pertains to, but it just doesn’t seem enough sometimes.

    The latest “hashtag activism” campaign, however, is setting out to change that.

    In terms of its association with Twitter, for every tweet containing the phrase #BellLetsTalk, Bell Let’s Talk has pledged to donate five cents towards promoting mental health services and support. This allows every single individual who takes action, even if it is as small as a tweet, to feel as though they are contributing towards the cause. While several media outlets and independent sources have engaged in back-lashing remarks and articles against this campaign — stating that it only serves as a cynical marketing ploy from a company who are taking advantage of the trendy public — it is still serving as a foundation for Twitter campaigns that have yet to come, allowing all of those involved to truly participate in an activist campaign intended to promote the greater good. This sort of small action-oriented activism is a necessary start for encouraging others to support serious issues across the globe.

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  4. adrianhormsby January 29, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    I must agree with you that Twitter has changed the world, the Arab Spring alone as you pointed out is testament to that fact. I know I’m giving away my age when I say this but until I took this class I didn’t even use Twitter. My teenage daughters set an account up for me several years ago that I didn’t even use once. Why is that? Because there really wasn’t the perceived need for me to do so. Compared to you social media young adult butterflies, my social media usage was limited almost exclusively to close family members out of state or overseas through FaceBook, which I still use but now using only an App on my cell phone (years ago we kept in touch via MyFamily, a program most of you haven’t even heard of). Case in point, last Tuesday night I was at the Pistons vs Cavaliers game, after taking video of LeBron James doing a Harlem Shuffle during warm up at half time it was on FaceBook within minutes to my family and friends. Before the game had ended I had gotten two likes and several comments. Just to see if it worked, I took an image on Twitter and posted it to #iicW2105, and yes I got a like from Professor Proctor later that night, so I stand humbled by your claim that Twitter does work. But as a techno-challenged old guy it’s taken me several years to get to the point where I know how to navigate FaceBook without having to give my phone to my kids to figure out what I want to do. As you can see, it’s not that I dislike Twitter, it’s just takes so much time and effort out of our busy lives to get comfortable with new technology and then you’re moving on before you know it. I thought at one time that I could keep up with my kids on social media, but I realized a long time ago that I’m fighting a loosing battle and I think so is Twitter, even Star Trek must move on to the Next Generation.

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  5. bjuhasz10 January 29, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    As others have commented, Twitter certainly has plenty of pros and cons. After reading Adrian’s comments, I realized that while I have had twitter for 3 years, I rarely tweet (maybe twice a week), yet it is my primary source for news. On the other hand, while I don’t really post on Facebook either, I find it much easier to interact with people, store my pictures, etc.

    For me, the biggest pro to using Twitter is the fact that I never have to watch the news in the morning, don’t need to read newspapers, don’t need to watch ESPN for 45 minutes before I see something awesome in the sports world that happened last night, etc. I literally just opened my Twitter while writing this post and read news from the Middle East, watched a video of Kyrie Irving scoring 55 points last night in an NBA basketball game, and saw some reporters tweeting some injury news for the upcoming Super Bowl game. I acquired all of this information in about 2 minutes. The ability for me to be connected to the sports world instantly is something no other platform offers.

    On the other hand, the biggest problem I have with Twitter is the difficulties of interacting with people. Celebrities and giant companies with millions of followers never respond, most of my friends don’t use Twitter (I only follow about 80 people, yet I have 300+ friends on Facebook), and the 140 character limit makes is extremely difficult to communicate.

    Ultimately, I think for average users like myself, Twitter can be a great source for news, but not much else, while for giant companies and celebrities, it can be a great way to sell products, interact with fans, and even occasionally help causes (as we have seen recently with #Bringbackourgirls and #Kony2012).

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    • galaradi January 30, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      I agree with you on that one. Celebrities and big companies probably benefit more from Twitter, whereas we use it to keep up with their latest news. When you first meet someone, they’re not going to ask you, “Do you have a Twitter?” It’s usually Instagram or Snapchat now.

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  6. asibo January 30, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    In regards to just how powerful cyberactivism and social media have been in changing the world and policies, the enfranchisement of many during the Arab Spring, as Courtney C. Radsch’s research on cyberactivism and revolutionaries in the Middle East has unveiled (http://www.academia.edu/2915611/UNVEILING_THE_REVOLUTIONARIES_CYBERACTIVISM_AND_THE_ROLE_OF_WOMEN_IN_THE_ARAB_UPRISINGS). Social media and Twitter in particular have been instrumental in not only breaking down political and social barriers, but empowering women to do so, whose voices would normally had been censured and unheard in traditional forms of media. Early adopters of these new forms of media were able to build significant followings, and were thus able to reach a wide audience on social media when the political climate began to change.

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  7. eakoonter January 30, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    I love hashtags. They’re so powerful and I feel sum up your Tweet in a pin-pointed way#handsupdontshoot. I also enjoy the sarcastic hashtags like #sorrynotsorry. I knew that this is what Twitter was made for. To spread awareness with the world and to allow people to communicate. I wish that Tweets could be longer since I don’t feel like I get enough characters to say what I want to say, but sometimes all you need is a really good hashtag.

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  8. doniecew January 30, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I like the hashtags personally and I think that they reach out to people that would otherwise be unaware of certain information, campaigns and so on. Its much easier for people to read a short passage of 140 characters than to go on a website and read a whole article. 140 characters is actually enough to get the users point across and if the reader would like more information, they have the option to click on a link for a full article or even look it up. I think that hashtags allow for situations to become more widespread quickly. But the problem I have with hashtags is how do you know what is true and what is not true? How many people has been killed off through the grapevine of twitter and hashtags? #RIPsuchandsuch…. On a brighter side, when something actually is TRUE the word is spread around a lot faster. Do you think that the cases of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin would have been as widely talked about if not for Twitter and hashtags, #JusticeforTrayvonMartin #JusticeforMikeBrown?

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  9. spgregor January 31, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I am new to Twitter, but so far am not a fan. With that said, I do find it has some positive features. I like that I can click on the weather and news links that I want to read. This saves me from watching the entire newscast just to see a piece I am waiting for. I also like the concept of the #hashtag activism. Understandably, there are some out there that are nonsense and stir the pot more than anything. However, it is encouraging to see those that are truly trying to bring awareness and help. We see so much ugliness in the world today and many of us are in no position to help. Why not band together in a social media forum and try to spread the word in the hopes of making a change? I would rather see something like this than some mundane, idiotic post about what someone is wearing today.

    What don’t I like about Twitter? The limited character count on Twitter frustrates me. Granted, I don’t want to see someone posting long-winded paragraphs but a little more space would be nice. I also don’t like that fact that I only know one person (outside of class) who uses Twitter. Twitter seems like it would be more useful for those highly visible people than us ordinary folks.

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  10. cseejay February 1, 2015 / 5:40 am

    Personally the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to my personal usage of Twitter. It’s has slowly become my go to source for information regarding anything I’m interested like new technology, games, or movies. Just a few weeks ago when the Oscar nominations were announced, the first place I went was Twitter, because I couldn’t watch the reveal live. Sure enough every category was listed and with the individuals nominated underneath. There’s no question that for acquiring information, Twitter is hands down up there among the best ways to stay informed. Over the past few years corporations like CNN have gotten better about linking more informative articles within their tweets allowing people to become more informed. But, the ability to misinform the public is at an all time high, and corporations like CNN are also reasonable for many issues that have risen over the last half-decade. I think we’re now at the point where we’re trying to figure out what Twitter can be, past what it is now. With that comes a level of uncertainty about what’s fact and opinion, and what is and isn’t news. Reporting what people say on Twitter, only depending on the context can be considered news. This seems to be one of the larger cons, of the past few years: reporting responses on Twitter as news. As a result I think you see people saying and doing crazy things, just to get some type of notoriety.

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  11. nebior February 1, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Well, I wrote my #Hashtag activism response on the post below this one so now I need to think of something different to say! Hashtags have changed the world in many ways, and one way I feel is major pertains to marketing. Hashtags can, as mentioned above, raise major awareness to world events very quickly. Something that many people do not focus on while browsing twitter is how they are helping to perpetuate a brand name across the internet by following brands that they like. They may just follow the brand for information about their products or maybe they do it because they feel so tied to the “like” button that Facebook has. When these brands are followed, we become the advertisers and marketers for these products which saves every company large amounts of money. One hard part about selling something was getting the name out to customers who might be interested; now people track down what they like, tell the company, and tell all of their friends. The way companies advertise their products on other mediums such as television or billboards has been changed to include a hashtag so their customers can spread their product all over the internet.

    –Ben Walker

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  12. seananthony3 February 1, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    I dislike the character limit on Twitter, but that’s because I absolutely despise trying to use “text speak” to eliminate characters. I understand why we have the limit and it makes Twitter a very interesting platform. One thing I wish it had would be the ability to add Hashtags without them counting as character spaces, but the way news spreads is fantastic. It is an example of the power of the internet, but it provides a dangerous side effect, too.

    News Outlets are now competing to keep up with the flow of how information spreads on the internet. Thanks to this, they are sometimes giving away false information. During a plane accident over a year ago, one news outlet was given, by an unreliable source, the names of the pilots. When read aloud, they were obviously a racist joke that passed by their quality control, all for the sake of getting the news out first.

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  13. kevinpayton1 February 1, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Twitter has become a way for people to back a cause without necessarily backing a cause. Hashtag activism has done well as far as spreading the word about good causes and injustices around the world but I would end its usefulness there. I would like to take an honest poll on all these people who are hashtag activist and ask them how much do they really know about the cause they are hashtagging or are they just doing the cool thing. These hashatag remarks tend to come after their tweet regarding how good their cheeseburger was or what happened on Scandal last night. Are these people willing to spend their time or money for the cause they so strongly support from their cell phone keyboard? I believe hashtag activism is about 40% of sincere concern and 60% of the in thing to do. With that being said I am not against hashtag activism nor do I think it serves no purpose. What actually is the purpose of hashtag activism? If these tweets with hashtags regarding current issues inform at least one person about an issue, then I believe it has worked or served a purpose. That is to inform. When the First Lady is pictured holding a hashtag sign that is a sure indicator that is serving some purpose and has changed the world.

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  14. thegradytrain February 1, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Since I am relatively new to Twitter, everything seems pretty weird. I don’t really like the fact that it is a little more revealing than Facebook. I think with Facebook, the people that can see my information or the things I post (when I actually do post things) I already know to some extent so I am comfortable more or less sharing with them. With Twitter, I barely know any of my followers, but with my attitude towards Twitter, I don’t really care as much. The asymmetric of Twitter is one thing about it that I do like, I don’t have to feel obligated to follow someone back if they are following me. I also like the immediacy of certain Twitter feeds, it is like an updated RSS news feed.

    Twitter’s exact use platform is something I feel is hard to determine, since I feel like everyone uses it in a different way so the exact use is subjective. This is one reason why I think the idea of Hashtag Activism sort of works but not in a direct way. I think the concept of Hashtag Activism is an indirect movement at most. What I mean by this is that people will spread the hashtag but won’t necessarily do anything other than spread it around the net. What does happen is that it reaches people that can actually do something and then positive change happens. This is a case of Twitter as more of a catalyst to change. A good example of this is #Kony2012, where the spread of the hashtag made people look it up and research it to see how they could make a difference.

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  15. mstor763 February 1, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    As with anything else, there are always pros and cons. I however, am practically brand new to twitter due to this class, so I am not sure on what I like or dislike exactly yet. I can say what I do not like so far is the character restriction. A lot of times im including a hyperlink with my tweet for the class and I cant even finish why im pointing out the article in the first place. Maybe I am just doing it wrong? Who knows. I also do not like how random groups of people or companies are able to like or favorite things I tweeted. Makes me wonder what else they can see via twitter, which is why I wanted to stay off of it.

    As far as the pros go, I personally can not point out many as I avoid twitter as much as I can. I suppose I can find out news via twitter if i wanted to, but Facebook tells me everything that I ever wanted to know when I wanted to know.

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  16. akuelbs February 1, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I have to say, there is not a lot i like about Twitter. I personally have had a twitter account since September of 2011, but throughout the entire time of having this account, i have only really been posting for about 6 months of that time, and actively browsing twitter for maybe 1 month, up until this semester. I find twitter a quick way to conveniently give out information, but i hate browsing what some people say because a lot of the time it is nonsense and irrelevant stuff to me. I know you can ask me why i follow those people, well i follow my friends and people i know , but people can say some really stupid things. I just like using twitter for being able to post quick thoughts that come into my head that could be cleaver and such.
    The problem with little benefit i see from Twitter is the fact that i don’t personally like social medias at all. So if you look at my history of social media you will see i’ve been on them for awhile because i did join in the fads, but the usage is way below par. I would personally rather browse a forum, a magazine, or the news than to browse twitter. So there is very little appeal to me, because there is no content filter and a majority of it is stupid.

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  17. smkiraco February 1, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    140 character count irritating? More like infuriating, and this is from someone who has been told by many professors/teachers I have a very condensed writing style. In short I will quote Steven Colbert: “Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?”

    However, I do like how fast information can spread especially links that contain a much more detailed context. This is the main reason why I would like a Twitter account over my Facebook account in addition to Twitter’s asymmetrical nature. The thought of spamming another’s account just because I want to follow them is very disheartening to me. But that is not to say that I post often.

    I guess if I want to rant I could dig up my old student blog or create another one and link it, but that is, in my opinion, a hurdle you should not have to jump through. That is a major pet peeve of mine. *Glares at Windows 8*

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  18. mwiedmeyer February 1, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    People are very quick to criticize the frequent use of hashtags in our society but I like to think of it as a conversational shortcut. It’s obviously a way to join a conversation, that’s the entire point, but hashtags can make it clear that something is a joke or a political statement. They help spread information quickly as every gains an understanding of what it means, like women who tweeted their experiences with rape or sexual assault with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. It connected those experiences into a single conversation and made a very powerful statement.
    As for the 140 character limit, I have to echo the sentiment found above. It’s a complete pain. Thanks to tools like bit.ly, it becomes easier to preserve characters and incorporate a link into your tweet, but still, it’s a pretty much pointless limit. It forces pithiness, I suppose, but because I hate breaking up a statement, I usually end up with one tweet and an abbreviated version of what I actually wanted to say. Not a fan.

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  19. Ms.McCollum February 1, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    While hashtag activism does quickly promote social movements, whether for the good or bad, you are not really involved. It’s good to take part and have sharing a hashtag with your followers gets more activity, but you haven’t done anything. I think the positive end of hashtag activism is that it gives the right people the fuel they need to get involved.

    Hashtag activism does not have a lasting effect though. As you mentioned, where have they gone? This could be looked at as a bad thing but I think that the attention a movement gets in that time is great and even though it goes on the back-burners of media it does not completely die. Take a look at the ice bucket challenge. We’re still aware of it, more aware of ALS, and know the need to donate. In the heat of the challenge ALS had raised an extraordinary amount of money compared the same time in the previous year.

    Although Twitter is a fast social media site, it is effective. It gets the points across in the time it is needed. Now that hashtags can be used on other social media sites other than Twitter I’d say that they are changing the world

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  20. lewenzel93 February 1, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I’ll have to join the club on the distain for the 140 characters limit, I suppose. It really is frustrating when I finally find what I have to say to be “tweet-worthy,” and I finish typing everything out, only to find I am unable to post my beautiful and eloquent thoughts. Okay, maybe tweeting song lyrics that just happens to relate to the current state of my love life isn’t all that informative, but being unable to do so is still a hinderance. On the other hand, I have to wonder if this limitation will ever change. I know we can’t be the only ones who are annoyed by it, but maybe that’s kind of the point of Twitter. That every piece of information shared isn’t some long rant or too many song lyrics, but just the main focus. Maybe this limitation prevents that clutter. Because, who really wants to scroll past a novel your friend has written about how unfair it is that her parents won’t let her borrow the car this weekend. I mean, I see enough of that on Facebook, to be honest.
    And as for hashtags, once I got the hang of them, I always wanted to make sure I used at least one per tweet. To me, it was a way to set the tone of my tweet, relay any information one couldn’t really understand without reading between the lines, connect myself to a common theme or topic, or any combination of those. For example, if I tweeted something like “I’ve heard so many Christmas songs playing at the mall today,” my followers may wonder if I felt this was a good or bad thing. But if I included the “#loveit” there wouldn’t be any confusion.

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  21. rmpaulk February 1, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    This is a very interesting post that also brings up some really good points. Twitter is definitely a way to get information out to a lot of people, very quickly. It can be a very useful and powerful tool, if used correctly. I absolutely agree with you that the use of Twitter, in terms of activism, may not be the problem solver, but it is indirectly helping the situation. I believe that ignorance is a huge cause for injustice. If people do not know about the situation, they cannot help, and justice cannot be served. Tweeting with this hashtags and bringing awareness to a situation does help, because then people become aware of a problem and are inspired to help. Like you also mentioned, they may not be able to go there and help, but they can help spread the knowledge. For example, the #Bringbackourgirls brought the awareness to multiple governments. In the article, #Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of ‘hashtag activism’ by Caitlin Dewey it says, “In the days since #BringBackOurGirls began trending, the U.S., U.K. and France have all promised to aid Nigeria in its search for the girls; the U.S. alone will send a team of logistics and communications experts within the next few days.” Those who tweeted and re-tweeted about this topic helped bring awareness to the situation, and might ultimately help find those girls. To answer the question you posed, though, I believe that Twitter can be a very useful tool to reach a lot of people. If used correctly, you can get your message heard. The thing I don’t like about Twitter, is the character count. Like you said, it is difficult to get everything you want to say in one tweet, but I think it also makes users think before they tweet. They make them become conscious of their word choices, and help them decided what information is most important.

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  22. elrader2015 February 2, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    I’m so torn about the 140 characters limit! Part of me gets annoyed when my thought is cut short by this limit, but the other part of me knows I can take to Tumblr for a longer rant. Yes, I have to agree that this limit is always a pain, but on the reverse side, it gives me practice in being concise and clear and also makes me think twice on whether what I’m talking about is even relevant to others. I try to avoid being an annoying person on someone’s feed and often times when I have to weed out a long tweet, I usually find that what I’m posting might just be annoying to others or far too politically opinionated to even belong without sparking an online debate (which is far too easy to do!)

    One thing I really like about Twitter is the favorite and retweet option. Favoriting is nice because it’s showing someone you agree or like what they have to say without full on putting it into your feed. It’s really similar to “liking” something on other sites. I do however LOVE the retweet option because it allows you to post something you loved from your account without stealing someone else’s words or idea; same thing goes for the quoting option. I feel like these things just give us more options for how we handle ourselves on social media.

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  23. hessaj February 3, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    What I like the most about Twitter is the easy interaction between everybody, I’ve even had a few celebrities tweet back at me before. It really is exciting. Another big part is it’s the fastest way to get your news, if you’re following the right people.

    What I dislike about Twitter though, is the barrage of tweets sometimes. Make sure you truly want to follow someone of they’ll contribute to your timeline. Some people eventually get annoying. I mostly follow companies, news outlets, celebrities and funny accounts, I try to stay away from the people I went to high school with. Also some robot accounts that give you pornographic links can be very annoying.

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  24. blcarr February 6, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Twitter has allowed many people to join together across many nations. It has allowed many nationalities to come together and voice their opinions. Twitter allows ever person to become a reporter and voice their opinions. It allows us to get straight to the point about our thoughts regarding our feelings on situations. it gives the little person a voice, which if explained right, can be seen and retweeted by millions. I know twitter has its bad side, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons.

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