Twitter: The Peoples’ Nest
A lot of media experts these days are terming the social-networking sites as “The Alternative Media”. Any urban citizen of today’s time can’t even think of a single day without socializing on the internet. This habit of people has no more remained as a mere passion, but for many, especially the superstars, social-networking has become a part of day to day life as well as of their career. Fans don’t need to search the newspapers or magazines to follow updates of their idols, but they now only click a “Follow” button on Twitter and Twitter does the all the rest for them. Updates of the subscribers of Twitter are displayed on the walls of their followers and there ends all the hassles to search for magazines that have articles on famous personalities of your choice. Now, you can ask me that when the fans may also get updates of their favorite stars in the magazines, then what’s special about Twitter. The answer is that you can’t make direct interactions with the stars through the magazines that you can do through Twitter. Twitter acts as a communication bridge between people. Stars may post regular updates about themselves to inform to their fans whereas the fans may very easily express their love, opinions about a song or a movie, likes or dislikes about the star’s appearance through Twitter any time they want and any number of times they want. These fan feedbacks can not only be aspiring and encouraging to the stars but also help them to improve their performance and popularity as well. This is something that would sound crazy only until the last decade.
Yet, this is only one good side of social networking. You can also regularly post new messages for your followers or can send private messages to them for personal interactions and you don’t have to be a star for doing this (chuckling).
But still, the biggest beneficiaries of social-networking sites are undisputedly the famous or about to be famous personalities. Many rising musicians have used social-networking sites to create strong fan-bases around the world. Social-networking sites are wonderful platforms to get fans from round the world. Musicians may conduct promotional activities on Twitter to buildup strong relationships with their followers. They may also promote their released or unreleased albums using Twitter. Apart from these, you can also get a rough idea on how many fans a superstar might have by calculating their followers on Twitter which you can neither calculate by counting the total sales of their albums or the total audience in one of their live shows. I follow some American musicians on Twitter who are among my top favorites and if I’m lucky enough, then they may someday spot that they have got a sober fan in a very small country named Bangladesh, which is tens of thousands of miles away from the U.S.A.
The reason I am specifically writing on Twitter despite having so many other similar sites to write on is its name. The name Twitter is Sweeter than any other similar site on the internet. Twitter or Tweet means birds’ chirping. Doesn’t this sound so sweet? So, if Twitter is a chirping birds’ nest, then its subscribers technically become birds and their posts become tweets. And for those who don’t know this, Twitter is not a small nest at all, it has over 500 million birds who chirp over 1.6 billion times every day. Now just imagine a place where 500 million birds are chirping around you all at the same time! That would be definitely somewhere in the heaven, I can bet a hundred million dollars on this!