140 characters, how many emojis is that?

There is a lot on Twitter that is pretty useless, as I scroll through my Twitter feed I regularly follow and unfollow people to make my feed as relevant to myself as possible. 


Individually all the the tweets on Twitter about a topic are singular entries on the internet that don’t have too much effect until they are placed together to form something larger. Trending topics on Twitter make social issues an easy way for people to communicate about them easily on social media and to also find what others have said about the issue. 

The tweets can be described as small pebbles. Individually they don’t have that large of an effect, a gatekeeper can easily dismiss them and toss it away. But together a large group of pebbles can form a bridge. Creating an impact. 

Twitter allows for social impact, but whether it is good or bad depends on the situation. A single pebble may have no impact, such as all the rubbish on Twitter (Kayne’s Tweets or Jayden Smith’s), but a real social movement by the people conducted online will. 

Kimmy K takes enough selfies for the both of you, so that's O.K
Kimmy K takes enough selfies for the both of you, so that’s O.K
What even is life???
What even is life???
Seriously, what is this?
Seriously, what is this?

The use of social media, like Twitter, with no gatekeepers allows individuals to create content that is visible to anyone. The pebbles may turn into bridges which can create large social change.


7 thoughts on “140 characters, how many emojis is that?

  1. Hey, really good job this week.
    Before this week’s lecture I hadn’t given much thought to Twitter or its level of impact but it’s really interesting to see the cumulative value that tweets, or really any form of exchange on social media, can have. Most interesting to me was that @ replies and hashtags were essentially user created, and that now following a particular hashtag on Twitter can be one of the easiest ways to stay updated on a certain topic.

    Here’s an interesting article from the BBC about the impact of Twitter.

  2. Hi!
    I think you have made an excellent point regarding social networking sites, especially Twitter! There have been so many times I have read a tweet and have questioned the purpose of it, let alone the tweeter’s sanity! Your use of memes and the decision to share those tweets backed up your argument and you really reinforced the concept behind ‘bridges made of pebbles.’
    You should take a look at this video from Clay Shirky regarding social media and citizen journalism – I found it really interesting and I think it relates well to what you have discussed in your post (http://ed.ted.com/lessons/clay-shirky-how-social-media-can-make-history).
    I have nothing but good things to say about your post, well done!

  3. Hey!
    I like how you provided primary evidence to support what your saying, this really helps round out your argument. Its interesting the power celebrities have over twitter, even if its 1 tweet, and they may have millions of followers, its still 1 pebble. Its the ‘people’ that create these movements and as you put it social change. this kind of power it gives the ordinary human is fantastic! we can voice our opinions and find other people who share the same beliefs about a certain situation. Twitter has created this platform where we can discover and produce anything we want and gain attention for that. nice blog!

  4. Hey There!

    I really liked how you thought outside the box with this weeks topic and chose Twitter. You raise two very important but completely different sides of twitter – boring nonesense that doesn’t really mean anything and things that can amount to trending topics that are often even referred to by other large news companies. What your blog is missing I think is an example of something on twitter that has trended? It would be a good comparison to highlight.

    Although it is not directly linked to your blog post, this site is useful and interesting as it outlines how political parties are able to use sites like Facebook and Twitter to say pretty much what they like as their are no gatekeepers. Thought you might enjoy it as much as I did 🙂


  5. I love your meme, very clever play on Kanye’s words and relating it to this weeks content. I also liked how you then linked it to all his useless and meaningless twitter posts, alongside Jaden Smith’s. The way you utilised the idea of pebbles, as imagery of a bridge was an effective narrative as it successfully explained the way in which many nodes coming together can create something great. Overall I thought you explained this weeks topic of gatekeepers and gatewatchers well, your case study of Twitter made things much clearer for me and unquestionably for others reading your blog post.

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