Don’t ‘get’ Twitter? New documentary makes the case

Filmmaker documents the site’s worth, proving that it’s much more than a place to talk about what you ate for breakfast.

You’ve probably met a Twitter skeptic who thinks Twitter is nothing more than a meaningless website filled with random, daily occurrences.

As a communicator you know that Twitter is much more than that, but what, exactly? How do you convince them that Twitter can do things?

Singaporean director and filmmaker @sioksiok (Tan Siok Siok) decided to find out.

She embarked on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles to document the effects of the micro-blog. She tweeted her followers throughout her travels, and they suggested cities for her to visit and people to interview.

The resulting documentary, “Twittamentary,” is much more than just conversations about Twitter—it’s a testimony to why people tweet and the effect it has on their lives. In the words of interviewee @hardlynormal (Mark Horvath), “Twitter can’t do anything, but people can.”

What can people do on Twitter, you ask? They can:

1. Report and find breaking news

Siok visited Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange and found that traders use Twitter as a tool for their trade (pun intended).

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