Twitter is becoming more influential with Teens

Nov 20, 2013

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twitterTweeting is a way to share thoughts in a concise 140-word blurb.  You can vent, hypothesize, inform, and socialize. Twitter has met the needs of a fast-paced society, where its members want results and immediate feedback. #TwitterIsSupersedingFacebook

Its popularity is steadily growing. It is becoming a key tool for feedback amongst TV programs, it acts as a live feed for sports followers, and it acts as a safe, unanimous platform to present political views. 

Although it seems as if Twitter is most popular among these groups, teens are proving otherwise.  Facebook has been the number one social media network, and 90 percent of teens still use Facebook, however, Twitter is rising to a close second.

“A recent survey by the investment firm, Piper Jaffray, found 26 percent of youngsters naming Twitter their favorite.” 

For teens becoming more aware of their privacy and protecting their identity, Twitter is the social media network for them.

Cyberbullying is causing more teens to shy away from Facebook and lean more towards Twitter. Though cyberbullying still exists and is prevalent, Panagiotis Metaxas said, “Twitter harnesses the power of the crowd to effectively squelch rumors and false statements in a way Facebook cannot… If someone wants to say silly things on Facebook you can't prevent that, but on Twitter it will be drowned out.”

There is a constant turnover of Tweets which makes it easy to share information and thoughts. Teens can find relief and refuge in being able to reach masses of friends rapidly; yet, don’t let it replace a parent’s responsibility to remain involved in the lives of their children.

Parents--be aware of the social networks used by your child. More and more teens are using Twitter.  Net Nanny Social helps parents tracks teen’s tweets as well as a teen's pictures, posts, and friends on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.