Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Tweeting your life away

Posted in Observations by Jacob Zinn on May 14, 2009

After noticing that Twitter’s Wikipedia page doesn’t have an “In Popular Culture” section, I’ve decided to compile a summary of Twitter’s daily presence, thus far.

It’s obviously become a big deal for news outlets and journalists, with many television stations and newspapers tweeting new articles and updates. Not only that, but stations such as CNN use Twitter during live programming for feedback from the audience.

Twitter also has a growing list of celebrities gaining followers. Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) was the first user to reach one million followers in a race against CNN. (He recently punk’d them–and they reported about it.)

Rapper, producer and entrepreneur Diddy (@iamdiddy) is nearing the million mark and Britney Spears (@britneyspears) is well past it.

Twitter supposedly got a major boost when Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) sent her first tweet on air. (They called it the Oprah Effect.)

Primetime television isn’t safe from tweetspeak–in Sunday’s episode of Desperate Housewives, Lynette Scavo’s husband Tom furthers his mid-life crisis of not knowing his passion after trying to find work with a marketing company.

Tom Scavo: “Aren’t you gonna ask me about my job interview?”

Lynette Scavo: “Oh, right, how’d that go?”

Tom Scavo: “Okay, until the 30 year-old who was interviewing me asked me if I’d ever used Twittering as part of a marketing campaign.

Lynette Scavo: “And what’d you say?”

Tom Scavo: “Nothing, because I don’t know what Twittering is.”

Twitter’s been generating news, and more recently making the news. Anyone with an iPhone can download the Twitter application and tweet from anywhere. It’s a matter of time before Twitter gets in the dictionary.



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