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Twitter was designed in 2006 by Biz Stone and Twitter Evan Williams as an online microblogging service that sends messages across the globe creating a network of users that can communicate through the short messages referred to as “tweets.” These messages may be from a range of topics including news, jokes or educational information but limited to 140 characters (Kwak, Lee, Park, & Moon, 2010). YouTube, on the other hand, was founded in 2005 by Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chan with the aim of people sharing their home videos. The immense success of the site prompted the founders to sell the site to Google. YouTube serves millions of people per day (YouTube, 2011).


Twitter has proved a useful tool for the academic application that educators can benefit greatly from. Twitter is beneficial for both teachers and students to interact freely and post important material through links on twitter. Educators can use twitter to post educational photos, videos, and links. Twitter allows people thinking alike to connect, and educators too can exploit this by sharing ideas and insight through “hashtags.”

YouTube has changed the educational world by providing the most versatile medium for sharing educative video material across the globe. Educators and students can benefit from the numerous educative videos that are posted daily on the site and interact freely. YouTube provides live streaming services that can be beneficial for students and teachers across through live classrooms. People can educate themselves through YouTube videos without necessarily going to school thus serving as an excellent educational tool.


Both twitter and YouTube are used as social networking site serving millions of people and connecting the world as one. However, people have been consumed with this sites by spending hours of time on them forming an anti-social behavior. Since these platforms are online, it limits the face-to-face communications that are important when discussing pressing issues. Finally, there is the risk for the spread of wrong information. People using these sites should be wary of false information by verifying sources.


In conclusion therefore, EAP can be improved using these tools by taking advantage of their capabilities. Educators can use these platforms to post educative material on relevant topics for EAP. Students can benefit greatly from viewing such material and sharing their opinions and asking for clarifications or suggesting for better solutions. Furthermore, the site can be used to research for more materials to improve on the already available information.


Kwak, H., Lee, C., Park, H., & Moon, S. (2010). What is Twitter, a social network or a news media? In Proceedings of the 19th international conference on World wide web (pp. 591–600). ACM. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1772751

YouTube, L. L. C. (2011). YouTube. Retrieved, 27, 2011.