Monday, February 3, 2014

Justin Bieber Is Not Newsworthy: Why Twitter Isn't Relevant Anymore

Justin Bieber has been in a lot of hot water lately, but is the Biebs really considered newsworthy? With everything else happening in this world, our crazy weather, etc., my vote is NO! This New York Times article agrees that Twitter isn't about the most important and relevant news anymore. Justin Bieber is definitely NOT considered relevant (big shocker):

"But by far, the most common refrain was something like this: “Why is this news??”
The simplest answer is that it wasn’t — at least not the most important news happening on that particular day. But Twitter isn’t really about the most important thing anymore — it stopped being about relevancy a long time ago. Twitter seems to have reached a turning point, a phase in which its contributors have stopped trying to make the service as useful as possible for the crowd, and are instead trying to distinguish themselves from one another. It’s less about drifting down the stream, absorbing what you can while you float, and more about trying to make the flashiest raft to float on, gathering fans and accolades as you go."
According to the article, Twitter really isn't about how many followers you have anymore:
"What does matter, however, is how many people notice you, either through retweets, favorites or the holy grail, a retweet by someone extremely well known, like a celebrity. That validation that your contribution is important, interesting or worthy is enough social proof to encourage repetition."
This article makes me wonder what's in store for Twitter's future, and social media in general. Will the "tweeting" novelty eventually wear off for the average social media user? Obviously, tweeting is still going strong. Celebrities are always getting in trouble for posting nasty tweets and "questionable" selfies on their Twitter. Is it all just a big publicity stunt these days, especially for celebs and those in the limelight?

Is Twitter really a popularity contest that feed people's inflated egos, and gives them personal validation through "likes"? My vote is a resounding yes. This applies to Facebook as well. Social media is a valuable marketing tool, in my opinion, but some people view and use social media as their own shallow beauty/popularity contest. And that gets old fast.

Do you use Twitter as a social media marketing platform? Do you think that Twitter has gone down the tubes? 

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