Chapter 6 caught my attention, particularly the part where Filak discusses Twitter. I am an avid Twitter user and rely mainly on Twitter for both news and sports updates. With this being said, I was very curious to see how Filak believed it could be used for a journalist standpoint.

The main area which floods my timeline on Twitter (whether I like it or not) is politics. In this generation, politicians campaigns are heavily influenced by social media and quite often they will use platforms such as Twitter to campaign.

Filak discusses 5 points about using Twitter that I believe politicians and others use to get their point across. The first point is rather simple, tweet to be read. Tweeting something that will capture the reads attention is ideal. It can be a breaking news story, something funny or just something interesting to a particular audience. The second point is that spelling and grammar are important. To look professional to your audience, you need to type like a professional. The third point is much like first, and is to tweet for your readers. Information that is for the reader and has purpose is much more meaningful in the long run. The fourth point serves as a warning and a reminder that Twitter is dangerous. While Twitter offers a delete button, once a tweet has been sent, there is always a chance someone screenshots it or retweets it before it is deleted. The final point again talks about how to grow your page and your intended audience following. No matter how great your tweets are, you need an audience to see them.


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