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Twitter turns 10 - measuring its impact on politics and the cult of personality

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Exactly ten years ago, the creation of Twitter meant Trump and anyone with Internet access could share their thoughts - limited to 140 characters - with the world. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven years ago, the world lacked the technology to access Donald Trump's every passing thought, but exactly ten years ago the creation of Twitter meant Trump and anyone with Internet access could share their thoughts - limited to 140 characters - with the world.

Since then, Twitter has accumulated 300 million active users including the pope, the president of Iran, and an inordinate number of "beliebers."

Tweets do not simply transmit events and ideas from around the world, they shapes events and ideas. On this tenth anniversary of Twitter, we'll look at its future.

How will the company gain the amount of users that Facebook has (more than a billion)? How can the company control trolls (many of whom focus on feminist accounts)? And does a Twitter following of 7 million translate into the U.S. presidency for Trump, or Kanye West for that matter?

Guest:

John Shrader, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); he tweets from @johnshrader

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