According to a recent article posted on CNN, We all have that first impulse every morning: wake up, stretch, check out twitter account. It’s central to our content consumption habits as much as Facebook, Reddit and other social media platforms. The question that should be central to everyone’s minds should be: What really goes on Twitter on any given day? We can be certain that content doesn’t stay put, It’s re-tweeted and sent out into the world.
Our Rapidly Changing World
With the advent of Instagram, more tweeters are sharing photos of themselves and their day to day lives than any other type of content. With this app everyone can singlehandedly customize their pics by adding filters and crop tools that were only previously available to programs such as Photoshop. The best part is, it is applicable to social media like twitter. This makes international file-sharing limitless. That said, it doesn’t end with your photo albums.
Articles come in second place at about 16%. Surprisingly the statistics for languages in articles are not even printed in English! The top language is Indonesian led by Detik.com followed by BBC.co.uk and rounded out by Globo.com, a Portuguese language site based in Brazil. This surprising evidence, presented by Diffbot’s page classifier API, brings up some interesting revelations. As wages go up in developing regions of the world, so to does the potential for users in those markets to have access to Social Media. This makes our world that much more connected. You ask why stop at static text? Why not embedded video?
A Force For Change
Going back to the graph on CNN, we see that video has a huge niche as well. While video makes up roughly 10%. of all the video posted on twitter, YouTube predictably leads at hosting 6 out of 10 videos. The usability and easily gained posting space on YouTube accounts has increased its popularity over its rival content sharing sites such as Vimeo or Google Videos. This enabled such drastic world changing events such as the Arab Spring to occur. For the first time in history, individuals and groups that wanted to get their opinions across did not need a printing press or other tech. All that was necessary for groups of activists in Tunis, Cairo and Tripoli needed was a YouTube account, a camera or smartphone, a working FTP channel and, you guessed it, a twitter handle. Nine intense months later these three countries gained the right to have democratic elections. All thanks to human ingenuity and the availability of tech, anything is truly possible.
The future of social media is ever expanding as more new and innovative means are being created. One day we will see holographic imaging, improved voice powered searches (Siri is a good start), fingerprint activated saved searches and so much more! One thing that can be certain is the creation of twitter, the genesis of the global micro-blog and a force for change.
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