The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The Twittershpere is overrated

Ten years ago, social media outlets were on the verge of breaking out. There was an idea and a concept that was in the works but no company or brand had perfected it.

Then along came Facebook and Twitter (or as tweeters call it, “The Twittersphere”). Twitter is grossly

Let’s back up for a second. A few years earlier, MySpace pioneered a way to connect with friends
online with individual customizable pages. Equipped with a “Top Friends” list and customizable pages and songs, the social media world had begun.

At least for me that is. Way before MySpace there were social media outlets such as Friendster and Flickr along with innumerate amounts of sites domestic as well as abroad.

Story continues below advertisement

I don’t really care much about any of those anymore, though. The only two social media sites that matter and which now rule the World Wide Web are, of course, Facebook and Twitter.

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in a college dorm room and now has over 900 million users, according to a CNN article. The good thing about Facebook is that it is changing constantly. The site never stays the same for more than a few months.

Not everyone likes the changes that are made, but it is smart because of the fact that it gets people talking again and renews
interest in the site.

Like MySpace, Facebook is a place to connect with friends, share pictures, write “What’s on your mind?” and chat people who are also online. It is a good way to stay connected and, save for that one guy I saw on TV the other day who said he has a physical Facebook addiction, is pretty harmless.

Twitter on the other hand, is a whole different animal. It is more of a news outlet that people like you and me can use to find out news, see what our favorite celebrities are doing at every minute of every day, and also “follow” our friends to connect with them as well.

I do have a Twitter account because I think it is useful in some ways. Following different sports beat writers can be useful and interesting when they break big news about that huge trade no one knows about yet, but for the most part, Twitter is sort of boring.

Do I think Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is entertaining? Absolutely. Do I need to know every time he wipes his ass or takes his dog for a walk? Absolutely not.

When I follow people on Twitter it is usually people I think are funny, sports figures, or journalists from across the country. I find these people annoying too in some ways.

Sports journalists don’t say anything of value and their words and links are accompanied with some random hashtag saying “#stonecoldlock, which I have no idea how to interpret. I don’t think that I am computer illiterate in any way, so maybe I’m just missing the hype.

I scroll down the list of the people I follow on the “tweets” list and I just get bored within the first 10 seconds. I joined Twitter to get quick information at the blink of an eye. Either I am following the wrong people, or Twitter just isn’t for me with all of its incessant mumbo-jumbo. I think it’s all of the mumbo-jumbo.


Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

The Spectator intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. The Spectator does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All The Spectator Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Activate Search
The Twittershpere is overrated