I should’ve seen it coming, we all should?
Nothing can stay small forever, at least not something with so much possibility for main stream expansion. I am of course talking about Twitter.
I love Twitter…wait… No…what I mean to say is I use to love Twitter.
It’s growth into an everyday mainstream tool has been a quick process. And I for one didn’t think it would happen that quickly. I joined Twitter early & will be honest struggled to ‘get it’. However after a few attempts I eventually added it you my daily social media platform, although at this time I used it less than Facebook. It wasn’t long before twitter took over and I found so much joy in commenting on my life, adding quirky comments & following others. One of which would be a beautiful girl called Hayley who in time would become my girlfriend but that’s a story for another time.
With my followers increasing and myself starting to get a better understanding of hash tags, twitter was growing nicely. I loved watching more celebrity’s join & share their ridiculous existence with the tweeting world.
Shortly after this time one of the most important events in twitter history happen. The death of Michael Jackson was reported by Perez Hilton and spread across the globe. I myself was one of the retweeters of this news. What I found most interesting at the time was the fact that twitter reported MJ’s death over an hour before the main stream news channels. Twitter had become ‘the’ news.
I like others was caught up in the wonder of tweets. I continued as did others to use twitter on a daily basis to share and now to advertise this blog and my Flickr account. This was in a vain attempt to achieve power and glory both of which I still actively seek/want/crave. However I was not the only advertiser; promoted tweets, searches, and hash tags have appeared in greater numbers. Main stream TV shows now appear as top tweets and even encourage twitter/tv show integration. Hash tags specifically for shows began to appear. The twitter take over is complete.
It’s now that we reach the point where my friends and siblings join twitter and my fortress of solitude collapses around me. My ability to tweet about those around me had disappeared. I am now heavily filtered in my tweets even more so if I am to mention blowing up an airport!
But what does this mean for twitter? I am only the only one? A lover whom has become a hater? In my opinion twitter is a bubble, just the same as all the others before it has swelled beyond itself. It is now everywhere and people will soon grow to misuse it to the point that no one will trust it (not unlike some tabloids of the day!).
“I tweet therefore I am” was something I’ve seen and heard across a vast number of users. “I do this and so you must bare witness to it and if you don’t…well actually you don’t have a choice LOOK AT ME!” The addiction has grown beyond itself and it’s users. Our and it’s only hope now is its death. Twitter will, no must die if only to save us from ourselves and itself…but you leave first… I’ll follow you I promise.