Twitter’s dynamic design of text messaging application style dimensions makes it feel like a text messaging application. Along with context collapse– that is, the feeling we get when we realize we do not know who we are talking to when we make Youtube videos or Twitter updates– the Twitter experience can be daunting. As individuals seeking to extend our brands via Twitter, this means finding topics to “text message” to people we slightly know and many strangers. What we have seen with Twitter is users relying heavily on popular culture and current events. Even with the more pseudo-intellectual and academic type of Twitter power user, we can rapidly see “live Tweeting” and updates discussing recently released newsreels occurring.
“Live tweeting” seems to be a more useful of the behavioral patterns that have grown out of years of Twitter users using the application. Even protest tourists have been able to attract envious amounts of followers from simply “live tweeting” protests and riots. Interestingly enough, many of these gapers are allowed journalist level clearance with the very police apparatus they claim to be against. “Live tweeting” does somewhat remove the tension generated when we do not know who will be reading or viewing(consuming) what we publish. The very term, “publish”, causes me to want to clarify why I use it. Yet, there really is no better term for putting words and images into the hands of a mass of people.
Masses of people with their mobile devices in hand, scrolling their Twitter are reading what we gave them to read. What we published. Often, what I would consider in the framework of context collapse, there is not enough gravitas regarding either our own words or Twitter’s application. When I do not value my own words, or do not realize how much people on the other side of my words value them, it is easy to not consider them weighty or feel a heavy sense of responsibility for them. I would wager a sizeable portion of next week’s check that the ideal of journalistic integrity is lost on the average Twitter user. Obviously, some of this I blame on Twitter the company opposed to it being solely an outgrowth or development of Twitter the body of users that form the Twitter community.
Both Facebook and Twitter have a system of verifying the accounts of celebrity or people with massive amounts of prestige and authority in their chosen or privileged fields. Twitter uses the Blue Check of verification to identify those particular users who have been verified as famous or noteworthy. What Twitter does not have, however, is a means for Twitter users who have become renown via Twitter to be treated in like manner. Twitter does not verify the accounts of Twitter users who have gained notoriety via Twitter. This might be a reason for the devaluing of Twitter in the subconscious of those that use Twitter. If a published author with a large base of readers can get recognition from Twitter, why wouldn’t Twitter the company extend that same honor to publishers of copious amounts of words that have attracted mass readerships? Twitter the company, in this instance, seems to be the ones with low self-esteem. Or maybe they simply have higher standards for those they wish to bestow trinkets of glory upon when it comes to using their application.