But that’s not even when it all started.
While performing my daily morning routine on Nov. 16, I cavalierly scrolled through my Twitter for iPhone app, to see what I had missed while I was sleeping. After the usual quotidian tweets from people I know, my Twitter feed suddenly blew up with news of the royal engagement. Royal expert and ex-pat Jerramy Fine did all the work for me, tweeting and retweeting everything I needed to know.
From that moment, Twitter has lived and breathed the Royal Wedding. I certainly wasn’t the only person interested.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Middleton’s internet and social media citations surpassed those of all other members of the Royal Family, including the deceased Princess Diana. Mashable has a fantastic infographic demonstrating all of the social media buzz. By the time the ceremony began at 6 a.m. EDT, all ten worldwide trending topics on Twitter were related to the Royal Wedding.
In a clever and timely move, Clarence House, the residence and office of The Prince of Wales, created its official Twitter account at around the same time as William and Kate’s actual engagement. With the couple’s engagement announcement to be made a few weeks later, Clarence House was well-aware of the exponentially increased amount of publicity that would be coming its way and prepared itself ahead of time by joining the world of social media.
The Royal Wedding is obviously just one example of how Twitter has become the place for everyone to broadcast his or her opinions in 140 characters or less. I was thrilled to share my viewpoint on wedding dress speculation and my shared alma mater of the University of St Andrews. My roommate, on the other hand, tweeted on Nov. 16: “It’s not even 10 a.m. on day 1 and I’m already sick of hearing about the royal engagement.” However, positive tweets related to the topic were at 58 percent with only 18 percent of tweets registering as negative.
Twitter is fast becoming a resource of news, opinions, and everything in between. Sure, sometimes a user has to weed through the mundane “omg I can’t fall asleep” tweets, but there is certainly a plethora of useful information out there. It’s a great tool to use to join a community of people outside of one’s daily life who share similar interests. I obviously couldn’t revel in my Royal Wedding enthusiasm with my roommate, so it was easy to countdown the days with Twitter instead.
Tweets with the “Royal Wedding” hashtag are still being posted, right up to this very minute. Thanks to Twitter, I can easily continue my royal obsession.
Now, if only it could help me to marry my own prince…