29 Nov The future of travel blogs
In the world of travel blogs, social media is huge. I have only recently just got myself on twitter and starting to see its potential. Take Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere for example, right this second he has 101,226 followers on twitter. Micro-blogging has incredible scope!
The world of social media has undergone some changes over the few last years. Below is an article written by Hammad Ayub. He is a talented and witty writer whose article highlights how social networking sites have evolved and impacted upon our lives.
Micro-blogging – What The Twuck?
For better or for worse, social networking has become an inescapable cultural phenomenon. Someone sent me a tweet (a what?) the other day asking me if I remembered MySpace. In my old age I have a vague recollection of one such social networking site. How things change in just a few years…I don’t know anybody that isn’t on the old Facebook these days. It’s not even worth asking people if they’re on it. Can you even imagine Facebook not being in your life?
Personally, I’m not a fan of it. I have an account merely for people to have an avenue to contact me if they don’t have my mobile number. Well…that – and to chuckle at compromising pictures of my friends. I make no apology when I say I couldn’t care less what type of pirate I would be or what score you attained in Bejeweled. Seriously – stop inviting me to these things. There’s just too much faff involved.
This brings me onto my preferred networking tool – Twitter. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, or don’t know what it’s about, here’s what you need to know; “It’s a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets” (thanks Wikipedia).
In an astonishingly short time, Twitter – which does little more than circulate bursts of text limited to 140 characters to a list of people who have chosen to receive them – has established itself as an essential pillar of social networking, commerce, celebrity culture, and political protest.
Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, text or external applications. The increase in sales of Smartphones such as RIM’s Blackberry and Apple’s iPhone (FTW) has increased the popularity of Twitter as an on-the-go service. I tweet in lectures, in the library, in bed, when I’m bored, and when I’m not bored – pretty much any time and any place.
Twitter went mainstream without really knowing what its service was. Its users defined it. Its users are the ones that have transformed Twitter into a global sensing entity, delivering live eyewitness reports on everything from the Iran elections to Thierry Henry’s bout of SPL (severe plot loss) against Ireland. Guilt-ridden souls confess anonymously (@secrettweet), Amar Hussain keeps us updated with his time travelling the big bad world (@GapYearEscape) and @jimmycarr keeps us endlessly amused with his witty…witticisms.
It is the no-nonsense approach that Twitter’s creators have brought to the table that I enjoy the most. When the creators designed the service, they made vital decisions (brilliant in hindsight) to create the conditions that have allowed for users to innovate. The first was emphasizing the need for simplicity. And the second was abolishing the need for equality between the writers and followers. They don’t need to be “friends”. Anyone can read anyone’s updates, and that, I find liberating. I don’t like friend requests. I would much rather social networking be more like blogging where readers can pay attention to whatever they want. That’s the best thing about it – if you don’t like what you read by me, just unfollow me. Alternatively, you can get to know me, 140 characters at a time.
Hammad Ayub (@HammadAyub)