The Secret Language Of Twitter

The Secret Language Of Twitter

A love letter and guide to Twitter.

Twitter is just one of our many social network sites. My personal favorite if we're being honest. You can use it to laugh, or rant, or subtweet. Just about anything you want. But there is a language special to Twitter and those who use it. I believe in the impact that the Twitter subculture has. Attention can be brought to serious situations going on in the world and also build relationships among users through collectively enjoyed entertainment.

1. The Subtweet

I don't care who you are or what gender you may be, we all get angry. Strangers make us mad. Friends make us mad. Parents make us mad. Anyone breathing has potential to set us off. And we cannot always retaliate to their face. Solution? The subtweet. This is the backhanded way of getting how you feel about someone out. You think your friend was talking bad about you to another friend so you tweet out "I just think it's funny you can't say it to my face." This gives the tweeter plausible deniability when the "friend" shoots off the text "Was that tweet about me?" Typically, even though subtweets aren't direct, they do start drama. WHOEVER IT WAS ABOUT MOST LIKELY KNOWS IT WAS ABOUT THEM.

2. The Rant

Bad days come and go. For some of us, it can be bad weeks or even bad months. So maybe late one night we've been eating a pint of ice cream and watching depressing movies like the Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The weight of our situations hit us and we go to Twitter to find some consolation. Rants can go as long as six tweets in the span of thirty minutes. They are typically depressing and have many capital letters. You know how tragic a rant is by the amount of time it takes you to go back and delete the cringe-worthy words.

3. The Retweet

Retweeting what someone has said is a form of flattery. You think it was funny, or relatable or something you are also passionate about. These tweets deserve more than just a like. You want your followers to enjoy them as well and you feel that they are worthy to be on your page. My personal page is mostly retweets of cats falling off tables and little babies falling over when they sneeze. Others choose to make their page political. Retweets say as much about a person as their own custom tweets.

4. Your Own Tweet

Among the Twitter subculture, there are a handful of reasons people send out their own tweets. Some like for their followers to see every single meal they eat. I do not follow those accounts. Other accounts may be for a political affiliation. I don't really follow those either. A majority of tweets and accounts are meant to bring attention to important situations and also provide entertainment for their followers. These make up the majority of the accounts I follow. I personally enjoy funny videos, but also like to be involved in change. And Twitter allows users to use their tweets to cause change. Through go fund me pages or allowing people to reach out for help from followers and friends.

5. The Like

This aspect of Twitter is by far one of my favorites and up for a variety of interpretations. It can be a way to flirt and get someone's attention. A lonely heart tweets out "Really wanna go see a movie tonight." An adoring follower may like it and by the end of the night they both smell like popcorn and are holding hands. So is the beauty of the like. The like can also be for when you really like or relate to a tweet but someone from your church follows you and you're trying to keep your dark humor hidden. Like I said... a variety of different uses.

All in all, Twitter is amazing. This is basically a long tutorial/interpretation guide/love letter to my favorite social media.

Love you, Twitter.

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DISCLAIMER: Before I even begin, in no way is this a discussion of religion! I am not supporting NOT going to church, not believing in any one religion, etc.

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Attending church on Sunday mornings is a big part of Christian culture. In the South, this is especially true. So what do you do if you don't go to church — either ever, or just that particular Sunday morning? Well, here are the best things that I have come up with in my three years in the Bible Belt.

1. Sleep

This is my go-to option, and 10/10 would recommend honestly. College is hard. Sleep is good. It's never a bad idea to get a few extra hours in and then meet up with friends when they're done with morning services. Everyone gets to do what they want to do - and then everyone gets to eat brunch.

2. Go to the movies

First of all, matinées are cheap to begin with. Couple it with no lines and your choice of seats and you've found a place to be for a few hours.

3. Clean

Catch up on cleaning, laundry, self-organization — whatever you've been putting off all week. Get your life together before noon on a Sunday and you'll have the rest of the day to feel successful and motivated. Or you just won't have to worry about tripping on something in the middle of the floor.

4. Brunch... with NO wait

This is a personal favorite. Brunch lines are crazy because Sunday brunch is always a good option. So I am a fan of going to a restaurant a little earlier than I normally would, but not having to wait in line. Plus, you're out of the way by the time everyone coming from church arrives.

5. Not waiting in lines in general

If you need to go somewhere where there is normally a wait, or you want to do your grocery shopping in peace, Sunday morning is the time to go.

6. Work

Be productive. Get stuff done. Have the rest of the day to do fun things, even if there are a few more lines to wait in.

7. Worship Nick Saban — in your own way

I think any Alabama fan can agree to this one without getting into any religious debates. You don't have to do it in the traditional way, just find a way where you are able to thank this blessing of a man.

8. Go to a café and hear your own thoughts

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It may just be the eternal optimist in me, but I think that there is always a bright side to a situation. When I was in first grade, I begged my teacher to let me sit next to a girl who had no idea who I was. I had seen her around before and thought that she would be a cool person to get to know. And now, 12 years later, that girl has been and is still my best friend. A few summers ago, I had to give up an engineering summer program that I had gotten into because I had a journalism workshop the same week, but was offered to attend during a different week. I met some amazing people that I wouldn't have met if I skipped my journalism workshop, and I still consider it to be one of the best weeks of my life. A few months ago, my friend group's plans to watch the eclipse together crumbled because we didn't have anyone to drive us. So I asked a friend of mine who I wasn't extremely close to if I could join him, and I ended up forming very close friendships with everyone in his group that have ultimately defined my senior year.

These are only a few instances of how small moments turned into experiences that have changed my life for the better. There might not be some sort of "plan" that each of us is destined to follow, but I truly believe that there is a reason why we run into obstacles or achieve our goals. It's hard to remember this when we are faced with these sorts of instances, but when we look back on events, we realize that it really was meant to happen this way.

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