Just five years after its creation, Twitter has become a dominant force in the public sphere. Most famously, the organizing powers of the social network have enabled the toppling of long-entrenched dictators.
On a smaller scale, hardly a day goes by without a tweet breaking, or making, news. But it's the unique attributes of social media interaction that make networks like Twitter more than just the latest forum for news updates. In spite of the shared space of the Twittersphere, the private experience of tweeting has facilitated a lowering of social inhibition on the network.