Twitter has ambitious plans to change the way we tweet by limiting snark and improving the "health" of interactions, but so far it's gone nowhere
My inner anarchist screams at me about my personal privacy when I think about that. I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my kneejerk reaction.
It's less a matter of quantity and more a matter of "quality", so to speak. I find it much more disconcerting having a few people who are very powerful get to decide what to do with my information than potentially many with basically no power.
Please see my original statement:
"I haven't delved into the topic enough to have formed an actual, defensible opinion on it, that's just my kneejerk reaction."
Twitter is such a fantastic platform—I really wish they'd stop trying to mess with it.
I do not actually use Twitter. Can anyone give me their overall impression of twitter and how big a role it plays in society?
You're asking for a book-length essay with such a question. Multiple really, I'm sure this era of social media platforms will be a whole field of study at some point in the future.
Suffice to say, it seems like Twitter has an overwhelmingly huge hand in society, considering how many information articles are based on Twitter these days, and how reliant it seems most people are on it for information delivery, and reader responses to that information. There are always a bunch of articles popping up in every feed that are based entirely on Twitter posts.
And then there's the whole thing about the POTUS basically using Twitter as his megaphone to the world, as news media hangs on every single character of his tweets that he vomits out onto the platform.
There's also the fact that false-information tweets may cause a huge panic in an unfolding, dangerous situation. The Boston marathom bomber was misidentified by Reddit, and the wrong name was spread by a handfulf of ever-increasing subscriber-count accounts. (I believe there were other cases, but no single one springs to mind.)
POTUS's tweets are both Official Statements and Presidential Records. Love it or hate, Twitter is a big deal.