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The Life of a Tweet

When you choose to condense your thoughts and grammar into 140 characters a new form of communication is born, micro-blogging or twittering (a universal chat room) as is it better known around the web.  The almost effortless process begins with a rudimentary idea, which the ‘author’ is burning to dispense to the world, before they could do just that a mind-boggling sessions ensues, do I chop it at the end of beginning? What was my last tweet? Did anyone retweet it? BBC or CNN may pick this up let put it in formal language. At the end, Mr. Author lets it out raw with no cognizance to the aforementioned concerns, there you go sail safe on the web.

Don’t worry, if it’s stupid enough it will get a Retweet (RT) and another Retweet. A concept stolen by its elder brother, the blog referred to as re-blogging, only this time round applied to posts with useful information.  RTs affirm that the mind of the tweet composer is messed up, messed up in a way that people like and are willing to acknowledge it. Then other tweeps (colloquial for recovering tweet addicts) will slice and dice it, add there own comments and give it a new breathe of life on the web. Phweks! It was not all for nothing.

Plagiarism is not a preserve of the polished academic world; it exists too in the tweet-sphere renowned as Stolen Tweet and abbreviated as ST. STs come back to life through reincarnation of an interesting tweet created by a tweep with a small number of followers and stolen by a twitter big-wig with thousands if not millions of followers in dire need of laughter.  The academic world threw their weight behind tweets (whatever that means) and now it possible to reference a tweet in an academic publication. Hold on Professor, before we do that should Twitter create a plagiarism checker just like you do with our term papers.

Expect twittering to be a full-fledged course in college in the next five years, compacting thoughts into 140 characters is no mean feat especially if you are making a transition from Facebook. Anyone who has made that leap of faith knows it is a completely different world on Twitter, its like learning Chinese. You master a completely new vocabulary before penning (buttoning) a tweet. Should we add a full stop at the end of a tweet? Or grammar doesn’t apply here. It takes a great deal of creativity to ‘button’ an interesting tweet that’s why you’ll find it in creative science course outline as twittering for dummies.

How should I summarize this blog post in 140 characters? I don’t know, may be give it a  hash tag #TheLifeOfaTweet. Well, I am not a blogger I just tweet a lot.

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