It has been a totally fresh experience for me to use the Twitter, and the first impression of it is that Twitter is really hard to distinguish the time line. After I join about 26 following of my interested topics, there is a flood over my twitter’s home page, compiling several unrelated short messages and even strangers responses to those I followed. I feel evaded, no privacy and wish those face don’t shows up on my home page.
According to Grossman(2009), Twitter is ” free, highly mobile, very personal and very quick. It’s also built to spread, and fast.” I gradually understand that the UGC platform is just like an empty bulletin awaits everyone to post something on the wall and construct another meaning of discourse. In fact, Shepherd(2009) also mention that “UGC furnishes a platform for free expression, thereby increasing the diversity of viewpoints that become publicly available.” I agree with Grossman and Shepherd that the opinion freedom is the merit on Twitter but I am also confused about the series of text listed on my homepage that are so mixed and without connections. If we are allowed to talk everything, then actually there will not be a censor to verify the validity of our free speech, so who will be the gatekeeper? The broadcasting on Twitter is not only vernacular between friends and boring jokes but contains millions of open messages, implies that each one of us could be an anchor. However, how serious do people look at this issue?
I’ve follow my favorite shows, some celebrities, and opinion leaders, even Walmart Special on my Twitter. If you asked me, do I care about political issue on Twitter, I will definitely say no. I concern about Lady Gaga, Roger Federer, and Tyra Banks. Shepherd is right, Twitter is indeed a public relation tool for those celebrities to keep alive in the mass. Because people love gossip and tabloid news, and that’s exactly why I follow those celebrities and try to gain connections to them.
So, how do we explain the “Iran Protests”? In my opinion, I believe Twitter is absolutely a space for free speech and an open area for citizens to express their public opinion, or any feelings. But, once encounter with some serious event such as the Iran Protest, not everyone will take this topic seriously, nor everyone will take their tweet as an important announcement. Maybe there is a scarcely of people post solemn opinion about politics but still, how can we elaborate a meaningful discussion within 140 words? Democracy gives us spacious liberty to express, but how do we use this privilege to describe or share our life with others? By tweet a “ how about brunch” message? I don’t think so.
p.s. Here is an article compare Twitter and Plurk, if you do use Twitter and you are frustrated for the tweet time line, please check out this link. http://www.techipedia.com/2008/twitter-vs-plurk/
For record, my Twitter account is @fanninchen.