Discussion notes and links to material to review for final exam are below:
- Jack Dorsey created Twitter in 2006. His first Tweet, March 21, 2006: just setting up my twttr.
- The ultimate in self-centeredness or a network of knowledge?
- Pear Analytics’ August 2009 study said 40 percent of what’s on Twitter was “pointless babble”
- You don’t have to Tweet to get some value from Twitter
- Twitter received a Nobel Prize nomination for its role in getting the word out after the disputed elections in Iran in 2009.
- Facebook offered to buy Twitter for $500 million. Twitter declined.
- One thing that makes Twitter unlike Facebook: Strangers follow you, not necessarily friends.
- “The Strength of Weak Ties,” an influential sociology paper by Mark Granovetter. Article on how it applies to Twitter: You’re more likely to learn new information from strangers.
- Twitter for Business. Southwest Airlines uses Twitter for customer service. The Los Angeles Fire Department tweets fire alarms.
- SMS: Short message service
- 175 registered users as of Sept. 2010. Current estimate: about 200 million.
- 95 million Tweets per day
- 800,000 search queries per day.
- Twitter is useful for people who want to follow the news. See sites showing journalists on Twitter: Muck Rack
- Media people using Twitter
- Twitter is also useful for following trends. See Twitterfall
- Jan. 22, 2010: First Tweet from space. The Tweet came from the International Space Station. See #NASA_Astronauts. Astronaut TwitPic challenge: Find that dam.
- Twitter has 300 employees. Based in San Francisco. Employee benefits include catered breakfast and lunch.
- Electronic warfare at U.S. Interests Section. Importance of information. “Lips Radio”
- Power of symbols and victims. Example: Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
- Battle in cyberspace is one thing. Fight for public space is another. Experiences of Damas de Blanco.
Discussion: Impact of the Internet on development.
- Economic impact of Internet: $1.4 trillion
- Open-source software: $387 billion
Use of the Internet and networks to raise awareness of global problems
Discussion: Power of networks and information