There is no doubt that Facebook is the leader of the Social Networking sites on the internet and the 2nd most visited online site according to Alexa ranking. With over 500 million users and 1.7 million in the world and Nigeria respectively, Facebook is enjoying a patronage that has never been witnessed back in the days of web 1.0 and also in this day of web 2.0, but we should not close our eyes to the fact that technology is a sorcerer who can vomit unthinkable and unexpected innovations at anytime.
5 year ago, Web surfers never believed there could be any innovations that would send Hi5, MySpace, Friendster and lots of other Social Sites into the abyss. Suddenly Facebook came to the scene and less than 3 years became the Hero of Social Media.
Though many innovations are on the way but the one that catches my attention daily is Twitter. This is also a social networking site that allows you to tweet every second activity of what is happening to you with just 140 words. You can follow other Tweeps, same way you have followers.
Twitter was founded a decade ago but did not do well until facebook came to the scene of “update your status”. I actually signed up on Twitter in 2006 and getting someone to follow was hell. I ended up suspending the account with only 1 follower which happened to be my room mate back in school, it was really difficult to see Nigerians actively involved in Tweeting.
The story changed in 2009 as Twitter fixed some kinks in their system and embarked on an aggresive campaign coupled with the integration of status update on Facebook via third party applications like Selective Tweet, Tweet Deck, UberTwitter etc
The Introduction of Twitter Application on High end phones like iphones, android and blackberry also facilitated the growth of the application globally.
Presently, Twitter has almost 200 million registered users and over 3 million daily sign ups. The story is not really different in Nigeria as the Twitter Fever is catching-up with many people. Though the figure of Nigerians on Twitter is still low compared to Facebook, but I can tell you that most people using both social sites even enjoy Tweeting to Facebooking.
Twitter’s interactiveness is so smooth that you won’t want to sign out of the instant updates from friends, mentors and role models.
Most of our Artistes now share their home with twitter as they can’t just do without tweeting. . . . . . .same with some of our political leaders and corporate organizations.
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