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Twitter’s confusing interface

Lisa Glory Mary believes the main disadvantage of Twitter is it’s confusing interface, especially if you are not tech-savvy.

It is worth observing the microblogging phenomena by studying the topological and geographical properties of Twitter’s social network. We find that people use microblogging to talk about their daily activities and to seek or share information. Users have intentions and connect with each other at a community level.

As Akshay Java from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and other experts claim, Microblogging is a new form of communication in which users can describe their current status in short posts distributed by instant messages, mobile phones, email or the Web. Twitter, a popular microblogging tool has seen a lot of growth since it launched in October, 2006. .

Twitter is currently one of the mhttps://i2.wp.com/www.enriquedans.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/microblogging.jpgost popular microblogging platforms. Users interact with this system by either using a
Web interface, IM agent or sending SMS updates. Members may choose to make their updates public or available only to
friends. If user’s profile is made public, her updates appear in a “public timeline” of recent updates. The dataset used in this study was created by monitoring this public timeline for a period of two months starting from April 01, 2007 to
May 30, 2007.  A set of recent updates were fetched once every 30 seconds. There are a total of 1,348,543 posts from
76,177 distinct users in this collection.

Disadvantages of using Twitter

Lisa Glory Mary believes the main disadvantage of Twitter is it’s confusing interface, especially if you are not tech-savvy. In fact, Twitter is a micro-blogging site and therefore does not conform to the convention of traditional website or even other social networking platforms. The first time you sign up to Twitter, you might find yourself wondering what to do next, as if someone has dropped you in the middle of a war zone with no instructions but “What’s on your mind?”. Especially if your friend are not on Twitter, you will find the first days on Twitter particularly lonely. While Twitter advise you to follow celebrities to get started, you will often find that these celebrities do not have time to answer your tweet, so you might as well start mingling with ‘normal’ people.

Microblogging for organizational usage

 In Wikipedia it is said that users and organizations can set up their own microblogging service: free and open source software is available for this purpose. Hosted microblogging platforms are also available for commercial and organizational use.

Microblogging has the potential to become a new, informal communication medium, especially for collaborative work within organizations. Over the last few years communication patterns have shifted primarily from face-to-face to more online communication in email, IM, text messaging, and other tools. However, some argue that email is now a slow and inefficient way to communicate.For instance, time-consuming ’email chains’ can develop, whereby two or more people are involved in lengthy communications for simple matters, such as arranging a meeting.  The ‘one-to-many’ broadcasting offered by microblogs is thought to increase productivity by circumventing this.

Another implication of remote collaboration is that there are fewer opportunities for face-to-face informal conversations. However, microblogging has the potential to support informal communication among coworkers. Many individuals like sharing their whereabouts and status updates with microblogging.

References

  1. Java, A. and Song, X. and Finin, T. and Tseng, B., 2007, Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities, Web mining and social network analysis. Retrieved: 30 November 2011. http://aisl.umbc.edu/resources/369.pdf
  2. Lisa Glory Mary, September 24  2010,  Disadvantages of using Twitter, Ezine articles. Retrieved: 30 November 2011. http://ezinearticles.com/?Disadvantages-of-Using-Twitter&id=5093036
  3. Microblogging, 10 November 2011, Microblogging for organizational usage, Wikipedia. Retrieved: 30 November 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging
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