What does your tweet mean anyway?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but it wasn’t until Twitter came along and provided us with a platform to express our views on. So in a world where everyone can create content and participate in online conversation, the value comes from sorting information.

This is where we, as users become the gate watchers.

When trending topics appear on twitter, they are only live for a certain amount of time, meaning that we only have a small window to participate. This is because the speed of access becomes valuable.

In this time we respond to the production of an idea or event and then we voice our opinions on Twitter, where an aggregation of thoughts begin to emerge. But it is the users as the gate watchers who curate the tweets by liking, responding, re-tweeting and by bumping the topic into Twitters line of vision to then declare it as a trending topic.

Without a hashtag attached to the tweet and the curation of tweets on the trending topics link, the tweets would make no sense. This is because an individual tweet is worthless without a curation of aggregated tweets that provide its value and meaning. It provides context.

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Lets look at this weeks trending topic: #InternetTVshows which was created by the comedy show midnight.

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People were tweeting what they thought were good remixes of TV shows and the internet.

It wasn’t long until Trump made an appearance!

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But all of this wouldn’t make any sense on each persons individual news feed. It would look like someone took to twitter after a few drinks. But the sum total of everyone’s tweets that were curated by gate watchers created a bridge of pebbles.

But the trick here is to be fast because in the blink of an eye a new topic is trending and this topic is old news.

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3 thoughts on “What does your tweet mean anyway?”

  1. Interesting post based around Twitter, however there are some points that are lacking in detail. For example, your first sentence remarks that Twitter was the first place ever to be able to post your opinion. You should focus more on the fact that it has been widely regarded as one of the most immediate forms of delivering news because of its online nature and its large audience. People had opinions before Twitter came about and had plenty of ways to share them, although maybe not to quite as big of an audience nor as quickly.

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  2. Very effective post, really makes me reflect on how I interact with twitter as well as how everyone else uses it. You integrated the idea of gatewatching really well too which further allows us to understand the concept. Great work!

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  3. This post is so relatable. I’m new to the whole twitter thing, using it only for uni assignments and what i have found is exactly like you have mentioned. If you are not there at the time an event unfolds the tweets are like jargon that you have to turn into an investigative detective just to figure out; following a trail of tweets back and forth until you reach the original source. I never understand the purpose of character limit , to me it just ensures you never quite get the full context of what you are reading. But again like you have mentioned its value comes from the attention it offers its users and the sheer speed of that attention. It is very much a in the now medium and attention must captured at the time of posting because it is difficult for users to catch up. I guess the restriction imposes this urgency and therefore boosts consumer attention.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2009-03-30/twitter-and-not-monetizing-the-attention-economy

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