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QW 050412 “Tweeting to Who?”

Is Tweeting a miniature version of blogging? Is it a 24/7 online venue or “stage” open to anyone to demonstrate how influential he or she can be despite the limitation to compose their messages within 140 words or characters? I’ve been very much enjoying my being in the Twitterverse since I first created my personal account more than two years ago. Twitter has expanded the circle of my online and offline friendship, and it always gives me abundance of opportunities to learn from tweets and retweets of others. For me, Twitter has become more like a source of input, rather than output these days. I follow only those who tweet something that reads inspirational and relatable to me. I’m extremely particular about who I’d follow. As my interest shifts, the list of people who I’d follow changes with very few exceptions.

I stared tweeting in English back in Feb. 2010 simply because I wanted to practice tweeting or “writing short messages in 140-letter limitation”, technically speaking. It didn’t take long, however, until I realized that I would be left unknown to English learners in the Twitterverse as long as I keep tweeting in English. (Isn’t that so weird not to use the language although we’re all learning it?). Since I wanted to be connected to both people who learn English sincerely and people who speak English as either L1 or L2, I decided to start tweeting in both Japanese and English a few weeks later. Thanks to the “Strategy Compromise”, my life in the Twitterverse has been enriched to a certain extent. I don’t mind people talking to me in Japanese and my replying to them in the language. I just would like to appreciate their interests in whatever I tweeted and respond to them in their preferred manner of communication; in Japanese. I’d also appreciate people talking to me in English, my target language, and share some knowledge, insights, and funny things.

While enjoying the benefits of obtaining input that I’d need and occasional interactions, I often wonder what and how I should tweet to the people who may read my tweets. Since Day 1, I’ve regarded Twitter as a tool for me to learn English in any better way, and I must admit that I’ve been so “selfish” in using the tool. But if I dare to tweet something, is it really okay for me to tweet just for my own sake? Isn’t there any way to benefit me as well as someone who happens to read my tweets? How can I consider the presence of my followers? Should I basically talk to them, or to nobody in particular? Am I being too self-conscious? My head has started spinning.

My bottom line might be: I can tweet whatever I want to. If my followers hate my tweets, there’s always a good option for them to unfollow or block me. I don’t have to fend off or repel those people for whatever reasons, but it’s also true that I don’t bear any responsibilities to tweet what they’d expect me to say. As a Tarus born on May 15th, I truly hate being told what to do by others and trying to meet their expectations against my will and wishes. I can be very stubborn on this particular issue. Then, again, what should I tweet? I simply admire those who can tweet as if they were talking to someone they know. It's not easy for me to say something not knowing whom I'm talking to. Can I tweet like, quote, “just talk to your student self as your teacher self”? Yeah, it seems a good and viable way of doing it.

It’s so intriguing that writing a 400-word QW piece without any specific audience in mind is not at all a problem for me. I can write whatever comes up to my mind in absolute freedom in the form of blogging or Quickwriting. Such feeing hasn’t changed since when my first English piece was posted on my blog on Dec. 30th, 2010. I can be free from anything while writing English pieces. Isn’t it like writing in English is my therapy? “Therapeutic writing”? That’s why I’m so hooked on the daily QWing because it has substantial healing effects on me? Isn’t it like cats lick their furry skin to maintain their physical and mental health? Well, that explains.

(90 minutes / 728 words)

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