Quotes About Twitter…
Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read those that are publicly available. Users interact with Twitter through browser or mobile frontend software, or programmatically via its APIs. Prior to April 2020, services were accessible via SMS. The service is provided by Twitter, Inc., a corporation based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world. Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but the limit was doubled to 280 for non-CJK languages in November 2017. Audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.
Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year. By 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day, and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”.By the start of 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users. In practice, the vast majority of tweets are written by a minority of users.
On April 25, 2022, the Twitter board of directors agreed to a $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, potentially making it one of the biggest deals to turn a company private
Quotes About Twitter
“Twitter! It’s like being stalked by committee!”
Twitter: proudly promoting ghastly grammar and silly misspelling since 2006.”
“Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.”
Germany Kent, You Are What You Tweet:
“Twitter provides us with a wonderful platform to discuss/confront societal problems. We trend Justin Bieber instead.”
“The cure to eliminate fake news is that people stop reading 140-character tweets and start reading 600-page books.”
“We are the generation of Social Media, Our biggest Revolution is a Tweet of 141 Characters.”
Sandra Chami Kassis
“Twitter is the perpetual cocktail party where everyone is talking at once but nobody is saying anything.”
“Twitter makes me like people I don’t even know, and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life”
“People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media.”
“There will be more words written on Twitter in the next two years than contained in all books ever printed.”
Christian Rudder, Dataclysm: Who We Are
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
“Make no mistake: E-mail, Facebook, and Twitter checking constitute a neural addiction.
Daniel J. Levitin, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
“Who would have thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding.
Stephen Colbert quoted in the Washington Post 04 01 2014 .
“I take all the best parts of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and combine them into a whole new service called … YouTwit-face.
“Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, Instagram, all these companies are businesses first, but, as a close second, they’re demographers of unprecedented reach, thoroughness, and importance. Practically as an accident, digital data can now show us how we fight, how we love, how we age, who we are, and how we’re changing. All we have to do is look:”
Christian Rudder, Dataclysm: Who We Are
“It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someone please acknowledge me?
Marc Maron, Attempting Normal
“The nice thing about twitter is the architecture of visibility. Email is invisible unless you reach out to someone directly. With Twitter, anyone can follow you and this is one of the big changes that was really introduced by Flickr, was this wonderful idea that you can follow somebody without their permission. Recognizing that relationships are asymmetrical, unlike facebook where we have to acknowledge each other otherwise we can’t see each other.
“Three centuries ago Jonathan Swift wrote, “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.” How prophetic this turned out to be. A recent analysis by MIT shows that on Twitter lies spread on average six times faster than truth, and that truth never reaches the same level of penetration. Social media is an engine for the production and dissemination of lies.”
Christiana Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
“Social media is a great thing, especially Twitter. They record all the threats, incriminating evidence, and fake news cyberbullies and their gangs put out there to harass an individual. It’s out in public. It’s traceable. And it’s all for law enforcement to see. The act of harassing an individual online through “cybergangs” is a worse crime than what they are posting about that individual. – Strong by Kailin Gow about Social Media’s Role in Aiding Law Enforcement Against Crime”
“In the old pre-technology days, it would have been almost impossible to replicate Facebook or Twitter. The closest you could get would be to mail dozens of postcards a day to everybody you know, each with a brief message about yourself like: “Finally got that haircut I’ve been putting off.” Or: “Just had a caramel frappuccino. Yum!” The people receiving these postcards would have naturally assumed you were a moron with a narcissism disorder. But today, thanks to Facebook and Twitter, you are seen as a person engaging in ‘social networking’.”
“Around 2010, Peter Thiel, the PayPal cofounder and early Facebook investor, began promoting the idea that the technology industry had let people down. “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters” became the tagline of his venture capital firm Founders Fund. In an essay called “What Happened to the Future,” Thiel and his cohorts described how Twitter, its 140-character messages, and similar inventions have let the public down. He argued that science fiction, which once celebrated the future, has turned dystopian because people no longer have an optimistic view of technology’s ability to change the world. I”
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future
“These days, in the world of apps and social media and … idiot friends, it is literally impossible to avoid spoilers.
If a character dies, it is gonna be the number one trending topic on Twitter, it is gonna be the top trending story on Facebook — and Reddit and Tumblr just turn into a completely uncensored memorial service of memes.
This happens all the time with sports results, but — I shit you not — I once got a notification from the BBC News app saying that a character in a show I was watching had just died! I thought that news notifications are supposed to be for impending natural disasters, not for just ruining my bloody afternoon.”
“If you have to put the disclaimer, “My opinions are my own and not my employers” on your Social Media, which means Facebook, Twitter, and even Goodreads, then you are broadcasting to your employers, clients, future clients and anyone who can hire you that you deviate much from your work persona. The truth is, to anyone looking to hire you, they look at the whole person. You are who you are at work and off work. If you use your social media in a positive way, your clients and employer will see that. If you use your social media to bully and harass people, then they will see that too. Be responsible with your Social Media. It is an extension of you. At work and off-work.
“When it first emerged, Twitter was widely derided as a frivolous distraction that was mostly good for telling your friends what you had for breakfast. Now it is being used to organize and share news about the Iranian political protests, to provide customer support for large corporations, to share interesting news items, and a thousand other applications that did not occur to the founders when they dreamed up the service in 2006. This is not just a case of cultural exaptation: people finding a new use for a tool designed to do something else. In Twitter’s case, the users have been redesigning the tool itself. The convention of replying to another user with the @ symbol was spontaneously invented by the Twitter user base. Early Twitter users ported over a convention from the IRC messaging platform and began grouping a topic or event by the “hash-tag” as in “#30Rock” or “inauguration.” The ability to search a live stream of tweets – which is likely to prove crucial to Twitter’s ultimate business model, thanks to its advertising potential – was developed by another start-up altogether. Thanks to these innovations, following a live feed of tweets about an event – political debates or Lost episodes – has become a central part of the Twitter experience. But for the first year of Twitter’s existence, that mode of interaction would have been technically impossible using Twitter. It’s like inventing a toaster oven and then looking around a year later and discovering that all your customers have, on their own, figured out a way to turn it into a microwave.”