Twitter is a news junkie’s drug. I can’t stop. All the headlines (with attached articles) are in a convenient, easy to read, portable and instant format – how can a girl resist?

I am able to follow all my favorite media outlets, PR, photography and journalism news all in one place. Twitter allows a platform for just about anything to be shared from articles, pictures, videos to inappropriate photographs of a congressman’s private areas. Oh Anthony Weiner, you make us laugh.

I would like to again point out that with new opportunities come new challenges. The freedom of Twitter allows people to share their thoughts and also embarrass themselves. We saw this with the Casey Anthony verdict last week when Kim Kardashian tweeted, “WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!!” The irony behind these comments is her father was a major part of the defense team that helped get O.J. Simpson a questionable not guilty verdict as well.

Read an interesting article about the Casey Anthony verdict social media uproar, “Social networks rage over Anthony verdict,” by Doug Gross, http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/07/05/casey.anthony.web.reaction/.

One business, the Entenmann’s baked-goods company used the social media attention of the verdict to get an brand message out there by tweeting, “”Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?” According to the article posted above, this comment by the baked-goods company was found insensitive and the company quickly removed the post.

Twitter has also become an instant news source for the recent flooding that has hit the plains this summer. Up-to-date news on the floods in Minot, ND can be found on Twitter with the hashtags #Minot and #MinotFlood. The same is true for Nebraska, my university has a Twitter account @UNLFlood to keep people informed on the current flood situation.

Read more about social media being used during disasters like the flooding in Minot, http://jnlpr.blogspot.com/2011/06/minotflood.html.

Twitter has swept the globe. From uprising in the Middle East and Northern Africa to believe it or not even toll booths are now on Twitter, check it out, http://twitter.com/#!/TollBooth2.

 

 

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