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W
OULD YOU LIKE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD TO KNOW WHAT
movie you just saw or are going to see, what you really think of your teacher or boss or
president, what you just ate for lunch or intend to eat, whether it’s raining or the
police are charging where you happen to be—any and all of those things, and more,
whatever you might want the world to know—just a second or so after you had the
thought or experience and got the impulse to broadcast it to the world? Twitter makes
it easy for you to do all of that.
You can disseminate whatever information you please, to whatever portion of the
world you like, as long as the people in that portion have accounts on Twitter. That
would be 32 million people in the world at large as of May 2009, with Twitter growing
faster than any other social medium (Schonfeld, 2009), and the first tweet from outer
space on May 12, 2009 (Van Grove, 2009).
Further, you can do that from your cellphone, BlackBerry, or any other mobile
device at hand that can access the Internet.
Concerned about your privacy? Like all online systems, you can do this under a
pseudonym or assumed identity. You can even adopt the name of a television star
or character (see Chapter 2 for “Mad Men” characters on Twitter). Or you can be a
member of Congress (see Donnelly, 2009), or a well-known public figure such as
Karl Rove (Carpenter, 2009), and tweet under your real name. Rick Sanchez and
Don Lemon of CNN; David Shuster, Nora O’Donnell and Tamron Hall of MSNBC;
and “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory actively use Twitter (as of February
2009) and work twitters they receive into their television news shows, in another
example of old and new new media cooperation.
Welcome to the burgeoning world of “microblogging,” or the publication and
dissemination online of a line or two about yourself, or anything you might like to say,
personally or politically, anytime you please. Twitter is the new kid on the media block,
started as a project by Odeo podcasting people Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and
Evan Williams in March 2006. But it has been growing so fast, not only in high-profile
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