Literally tweet more… per tweet. Apparently, Twitter has decided that 140 characters just isn’t enough anymore. In the world of social media, they’ve been a little left-behind as Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook make up the majority of social media users.
Why the change?
Typically, when someone feels the need to tweet a longer idea, they tweet as a thread, sending multiple tweets in reply to one another in quick succession. The rest of the time, Twitter is all about brevity – it’s been great for real-time, breaking-news style updates, and forces users to put their thoughts in a concise way.
The shortness of the posts also allowed for rapid-fire conversation between users. Twitter has lost users over the years to other social media platforms, and most of those platforms allow for longer posts. Twitter seems to think that they might be able to reverse their dwindling numbers if they extend the length of each tweet.
While some people like the idea, the majority of the feedback has not been great in regards to the new character limit. Many fear that the expansion will allow more trolling and abusive behavior on the platform. Others have left the platform with the thought that it’s just going to become another Facebook, so they may as well just stick with, well, Facebook.
Why you need a mentor
Going to college often means you’re on your own for the first time in your life. While this can be an exciting and freeing time, it can also be terrifying and lonely. While you’ll undoubtedly make lifelong friends during your years at college, it can take time to build those relationships.
Find a mentor
One of the best ways to start to feel more at home at college is to find a mentor. Typically a mentor will be a professor or adviser in your department who can help guide you and answer questions throughout your time in school.
Having an adult figure to go to for advice can be a lot like having a parent around (without the rules) and can make you feel less alone as you get used to college life and independence. Mentors are also an invaluable resource for school and career advice.
When looking for a mentor, focus on the people in your department. Your mentor could be a trusted professor, a Teaching Assistant, a graduate student, or a student adviser with the department. Mentors will be most useful to you if they are in your field of study, as they’ll be able to give you the best advice that pertains directly to you and your future experiences.
In the News This Week:
Justice League: the first trailer for the movie (since Joss Whedon took over) has been released… and it is action-packed.
Northern California: in the Pacific northwest, fires have been raging, causing more than 20,000 people to evacuate from their homes.
Out: amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company.
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How to Take Perfect Notes in Chemistry Class
Chemistry is the study of matter and the way matter interacts, fuses, and changes. In a Chemistry class, you will be introduced to the periodic table of elements and will need to understand chemical processes, solve Chemistry formulas, and perform lab experiments. As a subject that’s the union of math and science, it can be understandably difficult to write useful and cohesive Chemistry notes. But not to worry! We’ve put together this list of comprehensive tips to help you create the perfect Chemistry notes.
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