Twitter is a social media site where users can express themselves in 140 characters which are known as tweets. It is different to other social media sites, such as Facebook as it is more of an account for micro-blogging. Twitter has been in active use since 2006 and at the moment has over 500 million users, with a staggering 340 million tweets sent daily and over 1.6 million search queries on the site. 

It is one of the top 10 most visited sites on the internet at the moment so addiction can be present with users without them being aware. Especially with the monumental growth in the number of people who own a smartphone, Twitter is now more accessible than ever. Its easy accessibility with its popular App. means that many users visit the site every hour, to either tweet or even just to see what others are tweeting about. it is quite irritating when you are in a conversation with someone and you suddenly realize you are playing second fiddle to their phone and more often than not, Twitter. I know from personal experience, the buzz associated with a new tweet along with the excitement and anticipation about how many “retweets” or “favourites” you can conjure up. This can almost take up all your concentration for a while where everything else may become irrelevant.

There are many people I follow that tweet excessively and it even seems that the response they receive can influence their daily mood as they give a new meaning to the term “freedom of speech”. More and more people are forgetting the simple pleasures of things like, waiting in a line or bumping into new people as they are too engrossed in their Twitter feed or else tweeting about something largely irrelevant. It is the small things in life that are being lost to Twitter that worry me most as I just wonder if this addiction keeps worsening, will people even talk in the future? Or will conversation be limited to Tweets?


Apps are dead, Long live mobile.

I do not particularly agree with this statement as I am one of the many people within  the Irish population who own a smartphone and therefore I regularly depend on my Apps to get on sites like Facebook in a much faster and efficient way then using a search engine. They provide benefits to both businesses who provide apps for there consumers and also for the consumer as they both grow a closer relationship. It helps get a product to be more accessible for the consumer and also prevents the problems associated with getting stuck in spam folders. It also helps generate extra exposure for the product through mobiles and is also positive for repeat sales. I believe these are all positive points for businesses in a global economy that is currently on its knees so any help businesses and products get for extra exposure can only be positive. From a personal point of view I believe Apps. are a positive for me due to factors such as easy accesability and also things like notifications of events and launches which might have otherwise passed you by. I also find Apps are more personalized than finding a site on mobile web as it lets you change certain appliances to your benefit and also helps for schedules etc. I also believe it has the advantage of speed, as a mobile app. will only take seconds to open while mobile web on the other hand could take up to a few minutes if reception is poor.