Happy Birthday Twitter! You’re no longer a baby or a toddler – you’re now FIVE YEARS OLD!
I stumbled across this piece from NPR and learned that in 5 short years, the 140 character social networking site now boasts 200 million users, who send more than 100 million tweets each day. Just five years ago words like tweet, hash tag, trending and retweet had completely different definitions. Abbreviations like RT and #ff were meaningless. The lives of celebrities like Demi Moore, Justin Beiber and 50 Cent were reported by third party gossip columns and websites – not straight from their blackberries.
The big celebrity tweeters hold a special appeal. It’s similar to those photo stories in magazines “Celebrities Being Just Like Us”. You know, shopping in the supermarket, doing their laundry, sweating at the gym. Except now we get to know little, relatively inconsequential things about their everyday lives. For example:
BritneySpears: “I love Japan! I think all the tiny cars are so cute! –Britney”
Shaquille O’Neal: “Anotha sleepless nite, n twitter land, aaaaaggggghhhhhhh, whyyyyyyyyyyyy”
Elijah Wood: “Dancing in my underwear like Tom Cruise in Risky Biz, lol”
and most recently: Charlie Sheen: After years of being at the mercy of a decaying troll, charliesheen.com is finally in the hands of its Warlock owner! Go Now! c
Celebrities aside, I thought the statistics from Ireland were particularly interesting. The most recent research shows that teeny tiny little Ireland has 0.5% of the world’s tweeters – which ranks 17th among the world’s twitter accounts. Not only that but we come 15th in volume of tweets! Here’s the research.
It’s no secret that I am a twitter addict (hence the photo above…) It was especially riveting in the recent General Election (or #ge11 as it was affectionately called by the twitterati). It’s also alerted me to breaking news – including the day the luas crashed into a Dublin Bus (or was it the other way around?) and the verdict of the Eamon Lillis Trial (before even the wires had it!). It’s also a sense of community, a chance to flesh things out and a way to connect and share ideas.
So Twitter – I salute you. Consider this a #ff in blog form. In no particular order, some of my favourite Irish Tweeters:
@DarraghDoyle, @Anniewestdotcom, @ColmTobin, @thebubbleboy,
@margareteward, @thenakedadventurer, @aislingmkeenan,
@HelenMcCormack, @EleanorFitz, @Carolmhunt,
@Urchinette, @antiroom, @broadsheet_ie,
@RebeccaMeehan, @FionnDavenport, @Pixievondust,
I leave you with this super lovely video to celebrate Twitter’s 5th Anniversary. Look out for @SnoopDogg