Double page articleIssue datePage numbersBylineStandfirst:IS TWITTER THE FUTURE?Friday 8.30 BBC 3Twitter has become one of the most used social networking sites in the world. Radio Times (RT)nowgives their opinion on the upcoming documentary due to hit television screens this Friday.Director Ro’Shaq Bulawayo whose previous documentaries include Spray (a documentary on graffitiart in New York) reading between the lines (a documentary looking into the phone hacking scandalsof the news of the world) and a short film on cyber bullying, states that he was surprised by people’sattitudes to Twitter whilst filming. “The new documentary on BBC three explores the positive andnegative aspects of the social networking site Twitter.” Although at first it may seem as thoughTwitter is not relevant to today’s society as the documentary progresses, much is revealed in termsof how Twitter is used on a regular basis in people’s lives. From hash-tagging to following, tweetingto trending the documentary explores how and why Twitter is used and also who by. The majority ofcelebrities now have their own Twitter account and “tweet” regularly. These celebs include JustinBieber,Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell and many more.Beiber iscurrently the most followed person on Twitter with 33427393 followers. Even president BarackObama has a verified Twitter page. Obama had an astonishing half a million “retweets” on his postof the words “four more years”coupled with a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama embraced in ahug.The US president’s “victory tweet” caused a stir amongst journalists and the rest of the mediaalike. This shows that Twitter can spread messages worldwide in a matter of seconds which could beseen as both a positive and negative. The documentary also goes on to explain which aspects ofTwitter are used the most. Twitter is used for advertising, general conversation, stalking celebrities,sports discussion, local and worldwide news and also sharing photos with friends. The majority ofpeople would say that they use Twitter to communicate with other people around topics beingdiscussed in the media. However the documentary team embark on a journey to uncover thenegative side of Twitter and how this has affected people’s social lives. “Riley_69” became “Twitterfamous” after sending abusive tweets to Olympic diver Tom Daley. His abusive messages becamenational news and in a matter of hours police arrived at Riley’s home and arrested him, his Twitteraccount was also removed due to popular demand. The documentary then takes a massive twist as
the team end up journeying to San Francisco where the microblogging site first took off and whereits main office is based. An interview with founder Jack Dorsey portrays his keen interest and passionfor social networking and also explains where the idea of Twitter first began. With over500 millionregistered users to date, Dorsey states that he is “pleased with the response that people have givento Twitter and the worldwide phenomenon that it has become.” As Twitter becomes more and moreaccessible on smartphones, computers, ipads and other tablets, its popularity is ever growing. Surelysoon enough it will become the next big thing and take over the likes of other social networking sitessuch as Facebook. Will Facebook “do a MySpace” and flop completely meaning that Twitter willbecome the only current form of social networking communication? The conclusion that thedocumentary reaches is indeed a surprising one and makes its audience question the future of socialnetworking as a whole. Tune in on Friday to BBC 3 at 8.30 to join the adventurous debate of “IsTwitter The Future?”.