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If Twitter Was A Person, What Kind Of A Friend Would Twitter Be?
Let's imagine Twitter is a person, rather than a social media network that I log on to every day. Let's even go a step further than creating a human form. Imagine Twitter is a friend of ours. What a kind of a friend would Twitter be?
Well, Twitter would certainly be best buddies with its founder Jack Dorsey, a friendship that began back in 2006. I became friendly with Twitter in 2011, which makes me a newer friend in comparison to Dorsey.
Remember the kids in high school whose yearbooks everyone wanted to sign? I believe Twitter would have been part of the "cool" crowd. Twitter is popular.
In January of 2012, close to 500 million accounts were registered on Twitter. Now that's a lot of new friends for my pal named Twitter. I realize that I would have to wait in line in order to carve out time with Twitter as that friend of mine has a lot of connections.
But, wait. Although a popular kid, Twitter is very responsive to my needs. Whenever I write a "tweet" (a public electronic message) on the social network, it appears in real time. There is no time delay. Even when I want to chat privately over the direct messaging feature, Twitter still operates in real time.
Instant communication exists with Twitter. What a good friend! When I need my friend, there he is. Or is Twitter a "she"? I have not decided on the gender. Yet.
Easy To Talk To
Twitter is easy to talk to, which I consider a quality of a good friend.
For example, Twitter is a good listener. Twitter never interjects when I send out a tweet. I am allowed to send out the message without interruption and my tweet automatically appears in the electronic feed.
As well, Twitter allows me to be very specific in my statements, which makes for high quality conversation. I can add hash-tags to my tweets that categorize them and let readers know what information I am discussing in my text.
I can add media links as well to expand on my text. Twitter has various tools available to help me. A useful friend too!
Sometimes, however, my friendship with Twitter leaves me feeling tired at the end of the day.
The electronic feed moves fast, especially with the large number of connections formed on the website. The tweets are limited to 140 characters and many people send several tweets over the course of an hour.
It can be difficult to keep up with the tweets of one person. When a tweeting conversation does begin, the communication is fast-moving as the short messages are quickly sent back and forth over the real-time format. Responsiveness is good, but the Ping-Pong action can leave me eyes tired from darting around the Twitter screen.
Twitter, you sure move fast for being just over five years old.
Twitter has many friendly characteristics.
Twitter is popular yet is an easy one to engage with in dialogue. Conversations can be quick ones though, so I have to be quick to keep up with my friend Twitter! A reliable friend, Twitter is there for me each morning and is ready to talk with me in real time. I look forward to watching my friend Twitter grow up, and the changes that will occur over the years.
Are You On Friendly Terms With Twitter?
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