If you are not already using it, do some Internet research to develop an understanding of what Twitter is, in what ways its useful, and how it’s different from blogging. • Find an example of a situation where Twitter has been used to propagate mis-information on a wide scale (eg: the death of someone not actually dead). If you search for this be sure to reference your source! • Create a twitter account (www.twitter.com) and find some people to follow (your favorite celebrities are a good place to start). Try to follow different types of people (friends, politicians, actors, musicians, athletes). If all else fails, this might give you some ideas: o https://www.buzzfeed.com/twitter/11-hilarious-twitter-accounts-that-you-need-tofollow-right • Monitor your account for a couple of days to get a solid idea of how it works • Create a second journal entry and discuss, with actual examples: o What you learned about twitter, and your opinion of it. o Twitter’s strengths and weaknesses. Even if you dislike it, identify ways it might be useful to others. If you like it, why might other people not? o How is it different from blogging? Despite their differences, do they covey the same types of information? Or does each format convey certain things better? When might each format be better to use? o What are trends? How do they figure into the usefulness of Twitter? o Identify the mis-information scenario you found in your research. o Twitter has taken a lot of criticism for the significant amount of online bullying taking place. Why do you think Twitter is particularly susceptible to this? What do you think could be done to improve the situation?
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