Shaista Hussain, Islamabad…Tweeting since 30 June 2009 and now have lost track of why I joined twitter in the first place! Yes Sire, I too, have reached the tipping point that comes in the life of any new social networking site. I am b-o-r-e-d and I heart twitter no more…
Twitter has increasingly become an I-can-rant-all-I-like place even if people are having a bad day and especially when people are having a bad day! There is far too much information stream and that’s primarily one’s own fault because hey, we can always ‘unfollow’ anybody we do not agree with. I find this blogpost by Seth Simonds most amusing: Why I unfollowed 45,000 people on twitter!
In the Pakistani twitter space or atleast the people I am currently following, there is way too much people bashing and especially politician bashing for my taste. Tweeples of Pakistan, what is the matter with us? Why can we not positively use having people like Imran Khan, Pervaiz Musharaf, Marvi Memon and other prominent politicians as an opportunity to engage with them in a healthy manner, bring out issues instead of verbal abuse? And here, I am not debating which ones operate their own twitter accounts! I think it is such a positive step that our politicians are increasingly becoming social media savvy and we should use it for positive change and healthy debates and bringing out the issues to the forefront instead of what I find a disgusting attention seeking behaviour – verbal abuse. Let’s leave that to certain primetime mainstream media shows now shall we? With the increasing number of prominent politicians joining the new social order, imagine the possibilities of connecting a common citizen directly with the elected leaders!
A while ago, I was sharing my annoyance with twitter with fellow tweeples and friends, Awab, Sana and Faisal and we all agreed how much negative information stream can be such headache inducing! It is about time we review our list of people we follow, ‘clean out’ certain tweets from our lives for good and just follow like-minded people. And perhaps that was why I joined twitter in the first place.