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Are you Part of the #TwitterRevolution?

Twitter is all over the news today! Are you an avid Twitter user? Do you remember when you first realized the impact Twitter has on spreading a message?

For founder Jack Dorsy, the #TwitterRevolution began in 2009 after the Hudson plane crash, when a witness tweeted a photograph of the accident that was rapidly shared with the whole world. According to Dorsy, this moment changed everything because it caused Twitter to become seen as a news source. A CNBC Documentary on Twitter airs tonight that examines how the social media platform has given power to the people, and changed how we communicate. Below is a sneak-peak:

In my personal life I use Twitter as a news source to follow up-to-date world coverage, as well as guilty pleasures like celebrity gossip. Although I don’t tweet very often from that account, I do from the handle I manage for work every single day. I realize the potential it provides small businesses and the voice Twitter has given people all over the world. I’m excited to watch the documentary tonight and get more insight on how the microblogging site evolved.

In other Twitter news, Facebook has basically copied their popular trending topics feature and began testing it today. This comes shortly after Facebook also adopted hashtags from the social media platform.

What do you think about all this Twitter news? Will you be tuning in tonight to watch the documentary? What’s your opinion on trending topics on Facebook?

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Amber Alert Confuses Californians

In the middle of last night, a shrill alarm went off on my iPhone that shot me straight out of bed.  The first thought out of my head was that it was the smoke detector and my house was going down in flames.  It actuality it was an Amber Alert!

It turns out that everyone in California with a phone capable of receiving alerts got the message, and they just were as startled as I was. Within minutes, people took to social media to share their opinions on the new alarm system.

Almost instantly, it became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

I’m happy this way of announcing such an important message quickly got everyone’s attention. Social media is a great way to spread the word, thus increasing the chances of finding these children. However, the only thing information the alert listed when it appeared on my phone screen was a description of a car with no further link for more information. This left a lot of people in California confused and angry in the middle of the night. Had I not taken the initiative to Google what it was about, the alert was seemingly worthless.

What is your opinion on this alert system?

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My Social Media Vacation Challenge

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Do you let social media affect your day?  Before Facebook and Twitter, if someone was talking about you (or ignoring you) you might not hear about it for a while – or ever.  Unless you overheard a conversation at school, a friend told you, or you spoke to that person directly, how could it affect you?

Now, with social media, everything is happening right in front of you.  If someone posts a nice (or rude) comment about you, you’ll see it.  If the tweet you thought was so brilliant is never retweeted, you’ll know. So in essence, social media can make or break your day – if you let it.

My advice: do not take social media too seriously. Online interaction forces you to find out about things interpersonal communication might not subject you to. If you spend too much time with something, it’s bound to have an impact.  Don’t let social media effect how you feel, because you’ll end up on an emotional roller coaster that seems impossible to get off.

My challenge to you: take a little vacation away from social media this summer.  I love social media just as much as the next person, but everyone needs time away from the things they love, right?  Trust me- you’ll come back to your Facebook feed feeling refreshed.  At the beginning of summer I drove across the country from Florida to California.  On 1-10 West through Texas there is zero phone service and believe it or not- I survived the 10 hour day without Instagram!

Do you accept my social media vacation challenge?

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