I’ll admit it, like a lot of college students, I probably spend a lot more time than I should on the Internet. Between Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs, and e-mail, surfing the web takes up a lot of my time. These things have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, and I think that’s what the appeal is. However, the service I love the most on the internet is Twitter. A lot of people don’t give it the credit it deserves, but I think that it is the perfect way to send and receive information quickly and efficiently. Some dismiss it as a glorified place to post Facebook-style status updates, but it’s a great way to stay connected to the rest of the world.
I also have my own blog, but I only update it sporadically or when I think of it. Short updates like on Twitter are way easier for me to keep up with. Now that I’m writing for the Campus Center Blog, I hope that it will help me in my own bad updating habits. But for now, I think Twitter is the perfect social media agent for the lazy college student, like me. Here’s five reasons why:
1. It helps my family know what I’m up to. Especially now that I’ve gone away to college, my family likes to know what I’m up to. I try to update my twitter at least once a day about something I’m doing or have been thinking about. This way, it helps my mom know what I’m up to without having to call her every day. The great thing is, people don’t have to create accounts to see my tweets; so, all my techno-phobe relatives have to do is google me, and they get my last few Twitter updates.
2. It’s a great news source! When I’m here at BSC, I feel like I live in a college “bubble”. I never wake up early enough to watch the news in the morning, and when it’s on in the evening I’m always either doing homework, at a meeting, or hanging out with my friends. This means that I have to put in serious effort if I want to keep up with what’s going on in the outside world. Twitter makes following the news beyond easy. Right in my stream of accounts I follow, I get updates from CNN, The Boston Globe, and Perez Hilton. Because Twitter only allows you to post a maximum of 140 characters, all I have to do is read the headlines they post, and if I’m interested, I click on the links they provide and skim through the news articles. It’s that easy.
3. Ever wonder what your favorite celebrities are up to? I do. So, I follow people like John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Ashton Kutcher, and Ben Stiller. It’s a more personal way to find out what your favorite celebs are up to than hearing it from the sleazy gossip magazines. And sometimes if you’re lucky, they reply to fan’s tweets and answer questions!
4. Twitter is an easy way for you to voice your opinions! I know that I, like a lot of other students at Bridgewater, have a lot of strong opinions and ideas about a lot of things. Maybe it’s just something you thought of on your walk to class, maybe it’s your reaction to the president’s State of the Union address. Twitter is a great way to put your thoughts out there and get them heard!
5. It’s convenient. Like I said before, I prefer the short, to the point format of Twitter. But another way it’s easy to use is that it can be updated from almost anywhere, not just a computer. All I have to do is shoot a text with my tweet inside it to Twitter, and it updates it for me! It’s the easiest way to share what you want, whenever you want!
How about you? Do you use Twitter? Do you get it yet? Or are you married to Facebook forever?