Seeds: Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass in March of 2006. In the founder’s words, they aimed “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers” in only 140 characters. Twitter has not only been used for this purpose, but also to reveal several historic announcements to their 322 million active users, everything from Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement, to NASA’s statement that they found ice on Mars, and most importantly, Kanye’s twitter tantrums.
Core: Twitter is celebrating its 10 year birthday, and since its creation, it has been the centerstage of political and social movements all around the world. For example, it has been the platform for the #BlackLivesMatter and the #BringBackOurGirls movements. Claiming to be “your window to the world,” Twitter has not only given people a global voice, but it allows the dissemination of easy-to-read anecdotes that can provide perspective, humor, or insight into other’s lives.
Skin: Many philanthropic, news, and activist groups take to Twitter to spread their message, and the website is widely viewed as a place where people can keep up with what’s happening without having to read in depth pieces.
Leaves: Twitter is a hub of communication right now, but only time will tell whether it will become obsolete, or if its demographic will change (currently their users average between the ages of 18 and 34) in the next few years, as many social media sites have in the past. Also, while the site is obviously booming, some question its long term financial success, as the company’s stocks have declined since its initial public offering in 2013. However, the fact remains true. Since it is open to any and everyone, Twitter is the best place to read words of wisdom from the young and old alike, and of course the best place to watch grown multimillionaires attack each other, (after the NFL of course).
Food For Thought: Do you think Twitter will be able to maintain its popularity? Are you on twitter? Do you think it’s a good resource for information?