i didn’t think i’ll say it and ive been trying hard to not crib but i miss bachpan ka twitter. i still love twitter, insanely addicted to it in fact. this is where i come running to when im bored in the midst of working all by myself or when i seek distraction and mental rebooting. i also shamelessly use it as a sounding board for my work. however there was a certain simplicity about the twitter of a few years back and how people were then and used the medium. here’s exhibit one: my own year-end post in 2009 on twitter (don’t miss the comments for additional amusement J).
since i am missing the old twitter now this is a quick rant to get it out of my system.
what do i miss about the old twitter?
i miss not knowing what a troll was
i miss the fun hashtags we used to play with everyone jumping in and not many cribbing
i miss people talking about what mattered to them not what gets them the RTs
i miss the space that is now occupied by multiple self plugs
i miss bloggers writing simply for the joy of it
i miss seeing a now celeb journalist guilelessly tweeting he would love for gul panag to follow him
i miss seeing a now famous comedian send his blogpost duly hashtagged to a heavyweight earnestly requesting him to read and RT it
i miss not seeing outrage in my timeline every couple of days
i miss the long DM and email discussions with some people here on a variety of things from tamil hashtags like #EKSI to branding and life in general
i miss seeing people campaigning on twitter for a personal cause because they truly believe in it
i miss not knowing contests could be held on twitter by people like us
i miss hearing someone say (in jest and affection) he would build a temple for my beauty
i miss playing antakshari with people
i miss seeing those who fight senselessly now and cannot stand each other as friends exchanging pleasantries
i miss exchanging tweets with those who stand so tall now that my voice doesn’t reach their ears
i miss knowing real friends could be made on twitter
i miss knowing people who were not authors, columnists or social media celebrities
i miss a now political figure send me an email about poor kids that person was truly passionate about
i miss getting a recipe for hilsa fish from someone who is now a big daddy in the political landscape
i miss crying to people about someone unfollowing me
i miss meeting some people
i miss someone tweeting sex tips for fun and not getting trolled for it
i miss being able to criticise gods and political leaders without being lynched online
i miss treating some people like celebrities
i miss laughing insanely at mindless and pointless hashtags some tamil friends would come up with
i miss the quiet conversations with an editor
i miss the people who eventually grew apart for a variety of reasons
i miss gau3, spymaami, solitalks, anita_lobo, neo_indian, pragmatic_d
i miss the charming folks who somehow transformed into snarky trolls
as I grow older here, i miss the old me. i miss the old you.
happiness in 2014, my twitter friends.