Twitter: Good or Bad?

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Twitter has already passed Facebook on the ladder of social networking, but is the site good or bad for society? It has been hard to escape the phenomenon and it has left people with yet another social media compulsion that needs to be watered daily.

Twitter allows us to “create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.” The team has certainly perfected their slogan to entice us, with emphasis on the no barriers, which is the exact thing that gets you trapped within its digital walls. It makes it possible for us to know precicely what our favorite celebrities are doing and where they are through their personalized tweets. This is the first time in history that you can stalk the famous without being arrested for it. You can also connect to your friends, but who wants to do that when you can be linked to the likes of Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato?

You can log into Twitter through your mobile, so you can stay connected wherever you are. This is a good thing for those needing their hourly update, but a bad thing for those who start to sweat when they have no signal and feel they have lost connection with the world, or more correctly, Justin Bieber.

This new revolution of getting to know your favorite star on a personal basis and following their exact movement, has led many people, especially the younger generations, to be infatuated with Twitter.

This ability has also led to serious crime, which makes us question whether Twitter is good or bad? The notorious “bling ring” gang used twitter to burglarize the homes of Hollywood celebrities. It helped them to track when their targets would be out, such as Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom. Google Earth then provided the tools they needed in order to work their way into the mansions and the thieves came away with more than $3 million. The story has now also been made into a movie, so as you can see, Twitter produces money for people in more ways than one.

It is a magnet for millions of  users. It makes money by selling advertisements and is predicted to gain $600 million in sales this year. However, for the amount of users it has, this is not seen as such a great achievement.

User growth continues and was up by 6 percent in the latest quarter. 230 million people have accounts and the person holding reign for the most Twitter followers is Katy Perry, followed by – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. As you can see, Barack Obama is the only political presence in the list, despite other political figures having a Twitter account for people to follow. However, at least we can wipe our brows that Obama received the tweeted nod.

This acts as proof, that Twitter is mainly used by people to follow their favorite celebrities. It has become a universal obsession and it has even led to crime. So, are social media networks like twitter a good or bad contribution to the daily lives of society?  It merely seems to be a way for people to make money, and invade the privacy that other people should want to keep private.

By Melissa McDonald
Opinion

Sources

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WSJ
Mashable