On my twitter account I posted a response to a Tweet by the National Crime Agency. The post consisted of an image, depicting children as 25% of the victims of human trafficking. In text there was an explanation of the image and a hotline to call to report suspicious activity. I tweeted about a web page that I found, released by the US Department of State, which provided 15 ways to help stop human trafficking.
There has been no response. No likes, no retweets.
I picked a topic that I care about. The problem is, I am not well informed. Recently here on the UD campus students were on the green, asking for people to sign their petition to stop human trafficking. There was a jar for collecting donations, but it was sort of pushed to the side and none of the participants mentioned it. The issue I had, walking away, was that I did not know what the petition was doing. I knew that it was against human trafficking, but what else? Was it in support to a bill? So, inspired by the class assignment, I decided to see what twitter had to offer.
There were some things I thought I did well, to get a response. I picked something that I was certain people cared about. I joined an already existing, and recent, conversation. However, looking back on it as I type, I can see some obvious problems. First, my tweet feels kind of rushed. While it’s obviously about human trafficking, it’s not well written or put together. It feels like I’m trying to cram a large topic in under 140 characters. Second, I didn’t use hashtags to show my connection to the conversation. I also did not provide a link to the US Department of State page. I don’t have a connection to the other people who retweeted or commented on the National Crime Agency’s tweet.
What I learned from this experience: not every tweet gets attention. Some things are overlooked, and probably should be. Some things instigate and demand a response, but for the most part it’s just people putting their thoughts out there. I’ve also realized that I’m not a very good digital writer. One of the main reasons for this is that I’m not very concise. I think that Facebook would have been a better platform for this assignment, because it would have given me less of a limit on words. Another thing that I learned is that social media platforms are places to find information on topics and how other people feel about them. Twitter is a good source for quick information, with the option to explore further through the use of links.