BY RILEY FANNING
The years of Twitter being a major player in the ever-expanding market of social media are over. While at one time it was a pretty good platform for awareness, social commentary, news and creativity, the years have not aged this social media outlet well.
Scrolling through the cluttered, overcrowded feeds makes browsing feel more like an annoying chore rather than a fun pastime. Constantly trying to filter between the abundance of text in order to decipher what’s meaningful in all of it proves to be exceedingly tedious.
As the amount of people you follow grows, the harder it is to keep up with anything, and the easier it becomes to miss what is relevant to you. The main problem is most definitely the lack of focus presented by Twitter.
Depending on who you follow, your feed could be constantly inundated with a perplexing mix of politics, celebrity updates, personal posts, sub tweets, etc. The idea of having everything in one place together would seem to be objectively efficient in theory, but in practice it is overcrowded and sloppy.
The necessity of Twitter is also negated by the vast wealth of immediate information spread throughout news sources having their own apps. If the impact Twitter has relies solely on its ability to spread information quickly, that impact means almost nothing in an age of awareness throughout apps you can personally pick for yourself.
Twitter has been exhausted of its novelty, going from being an over-used and the foremost social media app, to the last app most people check after they are out of new updates on Instagram, Snapchat or Tumblr.
Most people have forsaken trying to come up with clever Tweet ideas, resorting to occasionally retweeting a funny meme, or just not using Twitter at all.
The idea behind Twitter is a good one, but it needs some extreme refining to become relevant once again. It would be a lot more effective to abandon the platform as a whole, and in turn use a better developed media app, which no doubt will pop up soon enough.
There should obviously be an appreciation for Twitter’s influence and how it has affected society, creating a sense of more direct connection and community between people. At the same time, we must realize when a chapter of social media glory has come to an end, and gently lay Twitter to rest in its sky blue, bird-covered coffin.