An Inconsequential Information? Not So, We Are Chirping Like Birds

Far away is a blue bird, a symbol of hope, protection, spirit of winter, or rising sun. The blue bird has been used as an inspiration for novels, tales, fairy tales, poems, and a social media app. Also it has been used in other brands, yet, nowadays it is unmistakable recognized as the Twitter brand logo.

At the beginning the origins of this social media app had nothing to do with chirping or inconsequential information; it had to do with a special protocol to identify certain type of messenger software. In fact you can use it as a total messenger communication and it can be as an SMS (Short Message Service) designed for regions with unreliable and slow Internet connections, with a size of less than one megabyte, designed for devices with limited storage capacity.

Twitter has been evolving during the years and now has double its size for characters and also has introduced, hashtags and digital videos.

Its creator, CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the digital video strategy was part of a goal for Twitter to be “the first place that anyone hears of anything going on that matters to them”; as of the first quarter of 2017, Twitter had over 200 content partners, who streamed over 800 hours of video over 450 events.

Hashtags had created a lists of information about subjects that people with specific interests, the funny thing is that Twitter does not distinguish between the

Hashtags #SuperBowl and #SuperbOwl so tweets from fans of the game and fans of owls overlap.

An April 2017, a blog named Statista, entry ranked Twitter as the tenth most used social network based on their count of  319 million monthly visitors. Its global user base in 2017 was 328 million. As per August 2018, Twitter  is available in 45 countries.

  How this social network function? Twitter revolves around the principle of followers. When you choose to follow another Twitter user, that user’s tweets appear in reverse chronological order on your main Twitter page. If you follow 20 people, you’ll see a mix of tweets scrolling down the page: nutritional-meals updates, interesting hobbies, art recommendations, even trends on the future of stock markets.

Some really new ways of interacting communications have happened in Twitter, the most relevant cases are for example; The first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the international space station by NASA astronaut Creamer on January 22, 2010.

Tennis champion Andy Murray summed up his wedding in an emoji-only tweet in 2015. 

    Emojis usage was popularized by Twitter. Emoji is a Japanese word meaning emotions with a character, in its whole definition means: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. “Emoji liven up your text messages with tiny smiley faces.”  There has been many uses by emojis themselves like:

The world’s first political emoji interview  was made by Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign affairs minister in 2015.

     The first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the international space station by NASA astronaut Creamer on January 22, 2010. (It’s communication at the edge.)

A practical use for Twitter’s real-time functionality is as an effective de facto emergency communication system for breaking news. It was neither intended nor designed for high-performance communication, but the idea that it could be used for emergency communication was not lost on the creators, who knew that the service could have wide-reaching effects early on when the company used it to communicate during earthquakes, track epidemics (and how they spread), and as a sensor for automatic response to natural disasters such as bush fires.

    Twitter has been adopted as a communication and learning tool in educational and research settings mostly in colleges and universities. It has been used as a backchannel to promote student interactions, especially in large-lecture courses. Research has found that using Twitter in college courses helps students communicate with each other and faculty, promotes informal learning, allows shy students a forum for increased participation, increases student engagement.

Twitter has been an increasingly growing in the field of education, as an effective tool that can be used to encourage learning and idea, or knowledge sharing, in and outside the classroom. By using or creating hashtags, students and educators are able to communicate under specific categories of their choice, to enhance and promote education. 

Maybe you have the idea that Twitter is just the way of communication for certain people and it is not an interesting thing to check. One thing is clear, the persons on Twitter who have most followers are adults between 30 and 35 years old and users are the same ages. Younger generations are joining Twitter because is free, have their young idols and is fast and helps spread the news or status faster. TV and other media have adopted the website for the same reasons.

   How about seniors? On October 24, 2014, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet to mark the opening of the London Science Museum Information Age exhibition. A 2013 study by website Twiplomacy found that 153 of the 193 countries represented at the United Nations had established government Twitter accounts.The same study also found that those accounts amounted to 505 Twitter handles used by world leaders and their foreign ministers, with their tweets able to reach a combined audience of over 106 million followers.

“A tweet is a short burst of inconsequential information and ‘chirps from birds’

Smaller birds, call notes often sound like a chip, chirp or peep”

The song of birds can be soothing and inspiring, but birds sing for more than just the beauty of it. Birds use song, call notes and behavior to communicate with each other. Birds use sound and action to scare off predators or warn other birds about danger, to attract a mate or to defend one’s territory.” So, definitely  we are chirping like birds.

Note: This couldn’t  have being done without Wikipedia.


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