It seems like the king of social media is starting to lose its users. Facebook’s usership is dwindling slightly. Many users are preferring to use Twitter instead of Facebook. Although Twitter does not have the variety of features Facebook does, Twitter does offer an abundance of real-time information.
As an early adopter of technology, I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon quite quickly. Initially Facebook was a great communication tool, and I believe the framework still is, but it unfortunately has become overcome with “spam” applications. Many people are using Facebook as a boredom tool, and because of this, the pages of the site have become filled with “intelligence-lacking” information.
On the other hand, Twitter began as a boredom tool, but has evolved into a way to disseminate information, links, pics, as well as audio and video. The Twitter community has also developed “Twitter Language” which allows hashtags followed by text to become a method of grouping tweets (messages sent by twitter).
Eg: “#Lethbridge”, this tag when searched will bring up all tweets that contain that hashtag.
It is important not to forget that Twitter still is a boredom tool for many, and will never be free of “non-important” information. Facebook has the same advantages and problems as Twitter, however, Twitter has fewer ways to become spam filled.
What does this shift in social media use mean for education. It means that educators need to be aware of a shift in information gathering and a shift in communication. It seems users of social media, are looking for simplicity, mobility, and brevity.
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