On Twitter, I see a lot of poetry, wise sayings and song lyrics being tweeted on a regular basis. Considering the limit is 140 characters, and Twitter is a micro-blog-meets-social-network, and would be a great way to tweet certain thoughts and emotions captured in a concise number of lines. I have tried tweeting in poem form, and one form that would work well would be haiku form. There is actually a trend called TwiHaiku, where tweeters post lines of haiku, such as Benjamin Zephaniah: “Intelligence may not mean intelligent/ The news may not be new/ From where we are/ To be awake/ May not mean/ To be conscious (bearing in mind, you would need to break the lines on a memo and then paste them into a post since Twitter automatically writes in prose form.) The observational nature of haiku, focusing more on the senses and conscious comments, would be useful for nature walks. Plus its seventeen syllable form means you should still within the 140 character limit.
The great thing about Twitter is that it allows you to express personal things, such as beliefs and feelings, in a more anonymous way than the likes of Facebook. Yes, Facebook is great for groups, keeping up to date with your friends, and as a universal IM, but it lacks the capacity to openly express your views under a persona no body judges you on. Facebook is used to reflect your real life, with your real name and location, whereas Twitter almost allows you to have an alter ego by showing other sides of your life, behind a screen name.
Tips on doing it:
(Depending on how popular this topic is, I might extend the topic of i-Literature – both in the discussion and writing – on this blog). But for now, here is some food for thought on how you can try Twitter poetry:
1. If you feel adventurous, you could use a differently coloured and/or styled font.
2. Try writing it out on a piece of paper, taking a photo and uploading it for a personal touch and lack of restraint with lines/character count.
3. Whether it’s your current mood, opinions on a food, commentary on the news or a random thought, tweet it! If you see/think of something that looks ‘Tweet-worthy’, you should type on your memo pad.
4. Don’t be shy of using your tablet/smartphone! Use the Word and notepad apps to channel your creativity, as a possible alternative to a notebook.
5. If you don’t have Twitter, don’t fret! You can experiment with verse Facebook updates, or whatever else floats your boat.
6. Thinking outside the box is your friend. You could write on top of an image, using said image to represent a theme or motif in your poem, or even try writing in a shape.
7. Need an event? No problem! Christmas and Valentine’s Day are coming up soon, so perhaps you could write a poem in light of these events (plus nothing says romance like poetry). If you don’t fancy a direct greeting or confession, you just use the holiday as framework for your thoughts and ideas.