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Twitter creates instant news forum

It can be hard to keep up on spirit weeks, news and sporting events, and students need some type of reminder to inform them on school activities. Twitter is the answer.

Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. With over 284 million active users and million tweets per day. In 2013, Twitter was one of the most visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.”

Twitter is an online social networking service that allows users to send and read 140-character messages called “tweets.” Social networking already consumes 40% of students’ day.

Using Twitter as a reminder is very resourceful. Students will never forget important dates or activities because they will be reminded every time they scroll on Twitter.

“Twitter can help spread messages around school easier, like school spirit and news. Twitter is the most effective to school especially with teachers who have them because twitter can spread information easily,” senior Katie Doubell said.

Twitter can also help students express themselves and get advice from others on how to react.

“Students are able to express how they feel, and others tend to be more understanding because they get to see a different view of others peoples’ lives,” senior Jalen Hooks said.

With Snow days, two-hour delays, tests, pop quizzes, etc., Twitter can keep students informed and up to date. High school clubs and groups like Student Council, The Stohion, book club, student section and many others use Twitter to inform the student population of the high school of all important dates and ways to get involved with the school.

School sports like track and field, girls and boys’ basketball, lacrosse, soccer, etc, also use Twitter to remind athletes of practices or time-schedule changes. They also remind students to come out and support the hard-working athletes and to cheer them on at games.

Doubell said, “Twitter reminders are always helpful for students who have trouble remembering sporting events and school spirit.”