Twitter was first introduced to me as a social networking website/application, unfortunately I was unaware of the beneficial resources it provided. For the past two weeks I have been researching the hashtag #Autism. I am using Twitter’s website and mobile application, as well as, Martin Hawksey’s, TAGS Searchable Twitter Archive. The archiving program allows me to observe all of Twitter’s activities involving the hashtag #Autism.
During my research I have discovered that Twitter can not be viewed solely as a social networking website. Hashtags on Twitter allow multiple individuals, who are invested in the same subject content, to create communities with active participants and members. #Autism has wide array of participants, therefor, there is a vast amount of information, resources, and support. As my research continues I will try to discover the true importance of Twitter, and the hashtag #Autism. I will also try to determine evident differences between the other hashtags associated with Autism.
In this state of my research I have found three prominent Twitter organizations, that have sparked my research, and currently seem to offer the most essential resources and positive influences: @AutismNewsNow, Autism Life: @Autismword (who has the most tweets using the hashtag #Autism), and @KidConnectionZ.
Follow me @AdamCGoscinski, to view any updated information as my research continues.