My twitter account was made in the ever so embarrassing time period known as 2009. I had pink and blue braces, a freshly cut front fringe and a distressing obsession with the lamest things pop culture had to offer. But this could be something I happily forget about, however I posted all my awkward 14 year old thoughts on Twitter. Below are some examples of the painfulness of it all!

So this is what I think when I think of Twitter.

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So this is what I think when I think of Twitter. Oh and just for you to get a better understanding refer to below picture of my prior face.

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Fast forward to 2015. My fringe has grown out, I feel no urge to write a status about Glee and I am pursuing a career as a journalist. But the connotations associated with Twitter still exist. However being a journalist and hatred of Twitter do not match up.

Twitter is of the most important tools for the modern journalist. It is one of the most effective systems in the world for breaking news to millions quickly. Texas community journalist, Tommy Thompson summed it up perfectly saying, “On Twitter, you can be both a message-generator and a message-receiver.  You can send out links to stories and you can share news as it breaks, so that you develop the reputation of being the go-to news source in your town”.

The simplicity of the whole process is so appealing too. A journalist can flick through their following and if anything catches their eye they can private message the user for more information. The range and scope of your audience is massive, with over 304 million active users on Twitter. Journalists have never had their work so accessible to such a large portion of people, which is beneficial to the wider community and also to the reporter himself/herself.

Anyone can be a journalist in this day in age, which is terrifying. However people can decide whom they trust and it can become very clear in todays online atmosphere who is a trusted source and who isn’t. Following numbers indicate a large following of people whom believe what they are reporting and want to keep following it up. ReTweeting numbers too show what people are interested in and the earlier someone breaks and the more accurately they do so, the numbers increase with it. Twitter post can give a summary of a story and then redirect readers to a link of the full story on their website. This is great for people to quickly get their news and be well informed.

Journalism has changed because of social media, in particular Twitter. I now find it embarrassing being on a story and being the only one not Tweeting! Every journalist should delete their embarrassing past and start their future towards being a reliable, trusted, online source.

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