Twitter is a social media network that shares information and opinions made up of a 140-character message called a Tweet. It’s an easy way to keep yourself informed and discover the latest news related to subjects that interest you. Twitter is also a very useful way for someone to connect to business’ or people of social/political power by ‘ReTweeting’ their tweets, by commenting on Tweets, or by creating a Tweet. Twitter is quite useful for business’ or public figures to post their opinions or updates. For the public, you follow people who interest you and their Tweets will show up on your home page for you to read. You can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, all in real time. Some people find it useful to contribute their own Tweets, but the most valuable part of Twitter is its realtime feed, where you can read Tweets and discover new information on the go, wherever you are.
‘Advanced Search’ is another useful Twitter tool that allows users to research and source specific topics and posts just by typing in phrases and key words, locations, people, places or even dates. This tool can really allow a user to gather resources and to get a broader understanding of all that interests them. I used the tool “Advanced Search” to research Tweets on the complicated issue of mental health. Within the space of mental health there are many controversies and Twitter is a great platform for people to share their opinions, to argue and to have conversations. Therefore, using the Advanced Search tool allows a user to refine their search, to gather current Tweets and to be able to view all the current events, or issues that are affecting the mental health world. An example of this is when recently Bill Shorten was challenged by an Anglican rector over his comments about same sex marriage. The updates were live on Twitter and following the real-time political feed lead me to many informative political blogs, which only furthered my knowledge of the situation.
I found both positive and negative responses and Tweets from a large spectrum of people. I think this valuable tool would be a great resource if someone was writing a media based report, or blog, or if they wanted to find updates on specific topics. Another use for this resource would be the ability to find likeminded people. There is the choice to select “negative/positive” comments and to type in specific key words or phrases. If a person was interested in seeing if other people shared their opinion or values on a topic, they could easily research this with the use of Twitters advanced search. This access to likeminded people creates a community on the internet and offers people a way to feel connected to others, from the safety of their home, or on the go with their mobile.
Twitter. (2016). Twitter Advanced Search. Available: https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en&lang=en. Last accessed August 2016.