7 Responses to In 140 Characters or less…

  1. KK KWOK says:

    The hashtag system does keep people up to date on topic that they are interested but I am unsure about the idea of conversation. In my personal experience the conversations are always flashing way too fast that I can’t even follow, to be honest if I need to have conversations with someone or a group of people I rather use Facebook. Just want to expand a bit more of you point about Twitter as an indicator, not only entertainment use Twitter to keep their fans update but some revolution also made their succession through Twitter such as Egyptian Revolution in 2011 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Revolution_of_2011), It is amazing that how a hashtag can gather people who have same interest and work out something huge.

  2. Hey, great post! (Sorry that part was mainly for Rebecca 😛 )

    Seriously I love how simple you have made Twitter seem and your explanation on how the hashtag helps aggregate information was very helpful. I only have a slight suggestion, instead of just using an example as trivial as the NRL I think it would have been helpful to mention the dark side of twitter, the one with trolls etc. This article (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/04/caroline-criado-perez-twitter-rape-threats) helps highlights the somewhat darker side of twitter.

    Having said this I understand you only have a limited amount of space to write this post, so well done 🙂

  3. nat224 says:

    You have done a good job of convincing the audience why Twitter is a popular social tool but I think in relevance to this subject it is important to discuss just how Twitter has transformed the concept of breaking news and citizen journalism. Hashtags can be used to follow very serious news stories and events and can actually help people, ie people in a disaster can follow a hashtag that will keep them constantly updated on news as it instantly happens.While you did mention that Twitter allows users to only submit 140 characters per tweet you could have talked about how it acts as a lead in or headline as such to any article, picture or further source that the user wants to share as part of the tweet. I think that’s part of Twitter’s success for news sharing.

  4. The power of the hash-tag is not to be underestimated. Though you brought up its use for contributing to conversations and monitoring NRL developments, it opens up many more avenues than just being allowed to slam Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance.
    An article by Richard Darell, ‘The Power of a Twitter Hashtag, (http://www.bitrebels.com/social/twitter-hashtag-power-infographic/), references one instance when a hashtag proved more popular than either the event or the people who spawned its use. A woman (Linda Cheung) was unable to attend an LEX conference which was attended by Brian Inkster, someone Linda wanted to meet. They decided to meet on Twitter instead by using the hashtag #LEX2011. Their followers began using it, then their followers and then theirs, and soon it went viral and transformed two people into an accidental viral success.
    Whilst this instance is relatively trivial, hash-tags are used frequently to draw attention to issues which the user would not have had a chance to other wise. For example, #Ausvotes saw the entire nation querying our Ministerial candidates for their opinions on a variety of topics. Ex PM, Kevin Rudd, even requested his followers to tweet him their concerns for the upcoming election. He assured them that he would convince them to vote Labor (clearly that worked).

  5. youfoundbec says:

    Although I don’t really follow footy I definitely understood what you were talking about with the hashtags. I thought it was really interesting the way you looked at how major corporations are using twitter now and it’s not just sports. News corporations often have twitter accounts now in order to keep up with breaking news and some programs encourage viewers to log onto twitter and add to the conversation, using hashtags to identify themselves. I thought this reflected really well on what this reading http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1902818,00.html was saying about open conversations but you may need to bring that point back home at the end with your conclusion so maybe revisit that. Overall though excellent post.

  6. Dacria says:

    With information everywhere, you’re absolutely right, hashtags really do make Twitter what it is. The aggregation that it allows and the community that follow individual hashtags, and the conversations that follow between users are awesome. It’s so pervasive and you’re absolutely right, getting people to be involved with their favourite club means that both the user and club benefit. Twitter changed my life for the better

  7. stephanielianos92 says:

    I find it so interesting that the hashtag was an element of twitter that orginiated completely by the user. – i didn’t know this till class last week and i can’t imagine how twitter would operate without it. It’s so cool to know that if im interested in something i don’t have to look far for others who share the same interest, i can spark up conversation purely through looking up the hash tag on twitter. I have had some seriously cool interactions through looking up the hashtags and finding people around the world who are intersted in the same stuff as me. http://blog.bufferapp.com/7-great-hashtags-to-enhance-your-twitter-experience this article looks at some awesome hashtags to use so you can make the most out of your twitter experience.

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