Once I had spent fifteen minutes scrolling through my Twitter account, the social media platform that I use the most frequently, I was immediately able to identify certain filter bubbles and echo chambers that consume my timeline.
Three core topics swarmed my newsfeed – popular culture related news, travel accounts, and ‘proper’ news (outlets such as the ‘Mail Online’ and ‘BBC News’). After taking the idea of filter bubbles and echo chambers into consideration and looking at my Twitter feed with that mindset, I wasn’t shocked to see that these three subjects made the most appearances; they are the three topics that I enjoy reading about the most online, therefore I expected the results I got.
For instance, because of my interest in ‘pop culture’ news, I follow Twitter accounts such as ‘TMZ’ and ‘Complex Pop Culture’. I enjoy their news-feeds because I am interested in a broad range of topics regarding pop culture, and feel that the two accounts merge all the information I want into a compact site; TMZ provides the daily celebrity news that most are too proud to admit they can’t get enough of, and Complex Pop Culture covers everything from tour announcements to new film releases.
In conclusion, I realised that by examining my Twitter timeline with the mindset of searching for filter bubbles and echo chambers made me realise how many of them I could fall into – however, I think of it as a positive thing. If you are in a filter bubble with millions of people from around the world on one social media platform, it connotes that there are millions of people from around the world that share similar interests that you do. If our social media timelines were full of tweets and statuses regarding topics that we have no care for, no one would bother using social media.