Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Twibute!

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     What else can an addict talk about but his trips? With 3500+ tweets, 300+ followers and an insane need to continually check out the exquisite banalities of my timeline, I'm surely now a Twitter addict. Riding high on the thrills Twitterverse has to offer, I live my real life as if it were a chore.
     And why not? Where else can you be the unabashed voyeur, enjoying these rippling streams of consciousnesses of the most fantastic minds you've chosen to follow. For a person who trips on words, Twitter is a continuous source of pleasure, where the limit of 140-characters pushes you to distill language till it reaches yummy perfection. Add to it the need to impress, and what you have are the most awe-inspiring specimens of living, breathing literature on your timeline. Pauses come in the way of the funniest jokes, the weirdest facts, the sauciest news and the randomest status quos. 
     And before you have a chance at boredom, an unfollow has been made and another great mind followed. Impressed with the collaborations made by this new stranger's brain, keyboard and fingers, in say, the last 15 tweets, you're fired up to understand him, challenge him, and finally earn your follow back. With some, the chemistry happens with religious @replies, DMs and RTs; while others line themselves up in your mental 'too boring' or 'too schizophrenic' lists.
     The fun part is, you get to savour chunks of brilliance for days on end, without ever knowing, or needing to know, their real identities. It's like having mind-effing sex with a superawesome stranger without ever having to attach strings. The only thing that matters is exchanging pleasures; one tweet at a time.
     But Twitter is more than the word games I so love. It is a juggernaut of news, current affairs, trivia, art buzz and the works, that challenges you to consume it all. It is a never-ending broadcast of every thought that is worth its salt.

12 comments:

Ree said...

The simile: "It's like having mind-effing sex with a superawesome stranger without ever having to attach strings." #WIN (yeah, Twitter-speak, SUE ME!)

Anonymous said...

Ree beat me to this comment. Ditto.
Only, I call it a simpler cerebral sex and intellectual foreplay that we have going on on Twitter.


I am going to go anonymous on this comment. Just lazy to type out stuff.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous beat me to it too.
Don't you steal my thoughts Anonymous.

I loved the article so much I'm going to stay Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

This is now permanently in my reader.

Insights of life and realisations with kaykay said...

totally urmiji.... u spoke my words... I was also planning to write abt me getting addicted to twitter world.. but after reading the way you wrote...I just can't ...

Awesome use of words :)

Birendra said...

140-characters pushes you to distill language till it reaches yummy perfection/ Nice and do like Ree & Anonymous's comment but it is more than that.

Akanksha said...

Have never read about a twitter addiction so clearly. U explained it wonderfully, like always. Except for a change, dint like the adjective "yummiest". I tried to put all ths in 140, but cudnt :(

Abhay (UnnamedEntity) said...

Good stuff :) A trifle journalistic, but that is expected of a general summary of Twitter. Next post more personal please ;)

pramod said...

VERY NICELY PUT.

Ajay Tawde said...

all you kids keep talking about twitter all the time and I personally never cared enough to check it out myself....But after reading this....hmmmm! certainly seems like im missing out on something..will be back in a few days to let you know how my experiment with twitter works out

ketpan said...

One of those rare blog posts, where I couldn't help but agree completely. But I would also add that I do end up developing emotional attachment with people I interact online. That, for me, is a corollary of "I live my real life as if it were a chore." :)

Dr. Gonzo said...

Very very nicely put! You string together heavy words for a very light feel ! Quite a talent :D