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Quick Write 082811 “Capitalizing on Twitter addiction”

“You’re officially a Twitter addict.” That’s not what a shrink said, but what one of my friends said to me while we were dining at a Mongolian mutton barbeque the other day. You can say that again. Yes, I’ve been deeply into Twitter. Why I opened an account there was that Mr. Ishiwata, a renowned English teacher, strongly promoted starting Twitter and tweeting in English on his blog. I was skeptical of the SNS which was introduced in Japan just a few months before, and didn’t take his words seriously. Mr. Ishiwata kept reporting what he tweeted and the responses from his followers on his blog, and I gradually developed my interest in joining his community. I still remember that my very first reply was from Mr. Ishiwata himself, which encouraged me to stay on Twitter. Initially, I tweeted only in English strictly for my English learning as Mr. Ishiwata suggested, but soon realized I couldn’t connect to many people in Japan unless I tweet in Japanese. My anticipation turned out to be true, actually. Once I stared tweeting in Japanese as well, my followers began to increase. Now I mainly tweet in English because my objective of being on Twitter has changed since then. I’m on Twitter for my English learning with pleasure. Luckily, I have wonderful friends who are willing to talk to me in English and I heartily enjoy conversations with them. Also, Twitter can be my slate to keep track of my daily English practice. Plus, I enjoy expressing what’s on my mind in English in a plain, straightforward way. Those words come out of me, so everything is my own creation. And I can keep the record of my words to myself or to others as well as other people’s words that I’d like to retain. That’s really something, isn’t it?

I know that lots of English learners enjoy tweeting, but I also know that not many people tweet in English. That’s really a shame. I understand that they want their tweets noticed by the people with the same or similar interest in Japan, but I also understand that those English learners’ main interest, or priority is to be a better English user. So, why not take advantage of this free cyberspace where you can write anything in any language? I tweet strictly for myself and for my own pleasure. So, I don’t really care how people think of my tweets, how they react to them, or how my tweets contribute to raising my visibility as an English teacher while trying not to offend people in undesirable ways as much as possible. I’ve long known that I tend to stick to one thing that grabbed my interest. More candidly speaking, I’m kind of a person who is prone to developing an “addiction” to one particular thing. True. Once I get hooked on a movie, for instance, I’d watch it at least two or three times a day. Once I come to love one particular song, I’d listen and sing to it at least ten times a day. Now, I’m officially a Twitter addict. Thank you. So, why not capitalize on my addiction for my own English learning? I’ll keep on tweeting in English. It’s so fun, beneficial, and “addictive”.

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