Friday, November 20, 2009

Caitie and Becca's Twitter Experience

Twitter has become the latest craze over the last year, with all of the twitter followers writing under 140 characters per post. We found that using twitter was sort of fun because we had to come up with new creative answers to the ever famous question "What are you doing?". The site has a great idea to keep it simple but maybe a little too simple.

What we learned
We learned that Twitter was a much more popular site than we ever thought. When the little boy was supposedly in the balloon flying around in Fort Collins, Caitie looked up what people were saying about it on Twitter and over 1000 people had said something about that breaking news within 30 seconds!  We never realized that so many people would be talking about breaking news.

Twitter is also a very mobile website. We never realized that we could get texts on our phone about what other people were saying and that we could also update our twitter from our phones. Twitter also has iphone applications as well as a blackberry application.

We also learned that many businesses are on Twitter. Many of these businesses are figuring out that their readers can read many businesses updates on their Twitter page instead of having to go on 10 different business websites. Many businesses have realized that many people are reading their Twitter updates and are giving their readers great deals on their products and services. 

What we liked

We like that there are many people on Twitter as well as the fact that we were able to update our twitter right from our phones.

What we didn't like

We didn't like that we had to figure out ways to keep our posts under 140 characters. We also really didn't like that the website was a little too simple.


  1. I saw twitter for the first time a few weeks ago and I though it was funny that Dunkin Donuts has a twitter page. It just seems silly to be a fan of a donut shop. So now that this project is over are you keeping or dumping your Twitter accounts?

  2. It is so cool that you looked up that boy-in-a-balloon thing. You are right - it is amazing what people are talking about on Twitter - and how fast the news spreads! But, did you ever play that game when you were in elementary - the one where the teacher has you "pass on" a story several times? And by the time the story reaches the last kid, it is quite different? I think Twitter has that potential, too. It is too easy to grab erroneous information and run with it!