From FYSE 1396: Digital Media Literacy
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Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site that was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone. Once registered, Twitter users can send, read, favorite, or share 'tweets'. Tweets are messages that are limited to 140 characters. After it's founding, Twitter grew incredibly quickly, amassing half a billion users who tweeted three hundred and forty tweets a day by the end of 2012.[1]


Interactivity on Twitter

Twitter is a highly interactive site that allows for large scale spreading of information. Although limited to a specific number of characters, Twitter works as a way to spend out multiple messages onto the online world without social consequences. Twitter allows for its users to create profiles which also allows for a more personal interaction between users.

The specific tools that allows Twitter to have such successful interactivity are the "retweets," "quote tweet," and "favorite" options. Through such an array of tools at the users disposal, they have the opportunity to further the words of specific users. This also helps the potentially unlimited reach of personal tweets, unless the privacy settings are changed by the user.

The identity of the users on Twitter develops through much of their tweets. The actual profile of a person on Twitter is an outline of their tweets and retweets. This enables users to get to know the inner personality of the users through things that they like and reading the things that the users say.

  1. "Growth in Numbers: A Look into Twitter Usage." Lieberman Technologies. Lieberman Technologies, 28 Apr. 2013. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.