First, let me post this hilarious video, with discretion advised to those who are easily offended or who really like the Jonas Brothers:
Though I posted this video in appreciation of its hilarity (I wonder what Mickey Mouse from South Park would do to them when he saw this-haHA), it brings up an interesting point. One of the brothers (sorry I don’t follow) started to say that they don’t have personal social network pages, they only have pages for the band. I would be interested in knowing why- when Brittney Spears and Ashton Kutcher seem to be fine having “personal” (though we don’t know if it is actually them posting) twitter pages? Is it because they are a band? Perhaps the only questions they would feel comfortable answering publicly are those directed at the band (i.e. where is your next tour) and not personal details (i.e. what did you have for breakfast, who are you dating).
I also find it interesting that Justin Beiber is one of the top topics on minute, day, and week. I imagine that, since Beiber became famous on YouTube, users that use YouTube are more likely to also use twitter than people who do not use YouTube- so perhaps we are seeing some cross-over in the social network websites.
I took a look at the Health Care summit tweets. Nearly every single one had a link to a website. Many asked for people’s reactions. A few who claimed to be “White House Reps” tweeted. Generally, the posts seemed to direct you to a link or be a simple “Democrats won” or “Summit was a flop”. The 140 character limit boiled the comments down to either links for those willing to leave twitter (follow an external link) or a simple He won, She won, That rocked, that sucked. I think the effect of this particular set of tweets is encouraging people to follow links and learn more about what happened. It also gives a sense of the general opinions out there (like, dislike). For a user, this organizes the media for you. For example, if you only want to hear from people who disliked the healthcare summit, you could easily find that via their comments and follow only those links, as opposed to on a search engine, where you would have to sift through a lot of information, or head to a partisan news-station report.