New Media: Twitter – Bane or Boon?

Are you a twitter user? I am ever since Twitter was founded in 20061

I like how twitter allow us to access the latest news updates and stories around the world in real time.

Recently I came across this talk on Digital Humanitarianism which demonstrated how social media and technology is becoming central to humanitarian aid.

Paul Conneally, public communications manager for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies shared about the transformational power of technology during disaster response. I felt enlightened by his testimony because  twitter is more than instant blogging to serve our own or business needs. In this case, it became a dialogue between aid-workers and survivors 2.

On the flip side, as twitter gained popularity over the years it has been subjected to controversy. In a hyper-connected world, anything can happen virtually within a few seconds. Tweets are word-of-mouth in the virtual world. For instance, the celebrities’ death hoax on twitter

So what do you think?

References (2006) Twitter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 28 December 2012].

2Tarleton, A. (2010) Twitter search for Haiti survivors – Channel 4 News. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 28 Dec 2012]. (2008) Twitter Hoaxes | Gallery | Wonderwall. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 28 Dec 2012].


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