Tweets have rapidly become a mainstay in most forms of entertainment. From sports broadcasts showing athletes’ tweets to news channels like CNN implementing live tweets from viewers, Twitter has been infused into society to the point where even technological illiterates know what it is. The primary form of content on Twitter is tweets — 140 characters at most. But what is the life-span of these concise messages? Let’s travel with a tweet in real-time to find out:
Twitter has some new digs! Twitter now has the option to email non-Twitter users to share out your tweets. Now your 140 characters can reach more than just your following flock of Twitter handles! According to Mashable, “In addition to sending the tweet to a friend, you can also opt to add a personal comment to go along with it. The comment is sent along in the body of the email rather than on Twitter itself, allowing you to comment about a tweet without making those comments public.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re just using social media to vent. It doesn’t matter if you were exaggerating or trying to impress friends with boldness. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 16-year-old Ohio high school student with no way of carrying out what you called for in the Tweet. As Alyssa Douglas has learned, you never make requests for presidential assassinations anywhere, particularly on a public social profile such as the one she used to have on Twitter.