Ten years of Twitter: is it still the tweet of the art?

Warning: bad puns ahead.

When I think of the moment that Twitter came into being, I tend to imagine a sunny March afternoon in a Californian office. Optimistic, tanned people with untarnished ideals and notepads bursting with new ideas are brainstorming words like, “instant”, “create”, “share”, and “no barriers” onto a quirky whiteboard. In my (arguably over-glamourised) version of events, as the first tweets are sent from 8:50pm on the 21st of March 2006 onwards, I’m pretty certain that Twitter’s future was being envisioned as the ultimate triumph of liberality over injustice, open-mindedness over intolerance, and freedom of speech over censorship. Continue reading

Free public lecture: Teaching, Tweeting and Trolling – Our Online Worlds

Visit the lighter and darker sides of our online world in what promises to be a fascinating event. Our panel will discuss different aspects of the digital world and start to unravel the mysteries.

Visit the lighter and darker sides of our online world in what promises to be a fascinating event. Our panel will discuss different aspects of the digital world and start to unravel the mysteries.

We live a large proportion of our lives online. We participate in online worlds where people who have never met build up strong connections with others through work, play or, increasingly, studying online. This panel discussion will address: Continue reading