Here Ryan blogs about politics, film, TV, history, religion, science, books, theater, digital media, LGBT issues, Bushwick & Williamsburg, New York City, and anything else he's interested in at the moment. Oh, and he'll probably talk a lot about himself.
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It’s a great question and one that Twitter has clearly thought about, since reports surfaced they were interested in acquiring Instagram too.
Images have rapidly become the lifeblood of social media, they are the most favored content syndicated the Facebook News Feed and have spawned other image-centric networks like Pinterest and Tumblr.
Twitter has tried to incentivize picture sharing, updating their website functionality and integrating with iPhone’s camera. To some extent, they’ve been successful. Instagrams make great Twitter content and are now responsible for the largest percentage of images shared over Twitter. So its growth has so far been a net positive for Twitter.
I was talking about Twitter’s future with a digital director of a large organization a few days ago and he convinced me that Twitter’s space as a real time news and information service has yet to be challenged.
As long as Twitter maintains it’s hold on journalists and other news makers, it will keep an influential active audience. It’s too early to be talking about the decline of a channel that sees over 340 million tweets a day, up from 230 million tweets a day in September.
So until something else comes along, I’m gonna keep tweeting.
Photo by William Beasley.