SILENT P-OWE-IT Twitter as a Virtual Diary: Tweet-Keep Your Secrets

technobiography is what it sounds like no matter how new media scholars try to decorate it. It is technology and biography combined. Technology helps piece together our life record or autobiography through social media.

Teens are no longer hiding leather-bound journals with silver locks and keys under their mattresses anymore. There are no more secrets. Kids are snitching on themselves in social media. Posting pics of their #WCW, or Women-crush Wednesdays and #TBT, or throwback thursdays. There is no more shame in having a crush or who kissed who last Thursday.

You can’t be private on Facebook. At least, you can’t expect to be private and have friends. But what if we could post our deepest, darkest secret on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – or all three – and still be sure that our secret is still just that – a secret?

Diary, secrets, poetry

My Virtual Diary – Not Private! Read Me!

Poetry allows us to do so. What rekindled my interest in poetry is the ability to express what is in the caves of your own heart with full vulnerability without being eaten up by your own frailty. People will read what you have written of course. But if the poetry is powerful enough, it will transcend into their own lives. In turn, they will reflect on their own lives instead of yours.

Let’s start with sharing our secrets on Twitter. Oh, don’t be scared.

HOW TO TWEET-KEEP YOUR SECRETS:

1. Haikus

Haikus or short 3-lined, syllable-structured poems are a good starting point. The 140-character limit is tedious for any writer, but will help you in the revision and editing process in the long run!

2. Be Specific

Don’t worry about the details being too revealing. Add color, noise, sound, emotion! These elements do make your poem more true, which only helps the reader relate more.

3. Rhyming

Not always necessary, but gives rhythm to your words. If your poem is of high-quality, your followers will probably think you tweeted the lyrics to some hot song they haven’t heard yet.

4. Pictures

Tagging pictures to your “tweet poems” will enhance connection with the reader. Don’t forget, we do live in a visual world.

5. Freedom of Speech – Know Your Rights

If you have some gory confessions (which some of us might), don’t be afraid to watch your language. But I challenge you to show your confessions using language tricks like metaphors and puns. How can you make the reader think about what you are trying to say?

For example, let’s say I cheated on a test and I want to twitter vent about it. But I can’t broadcast that on social media, so here is a sample tweet:

Look left, silence.
look right, silence.
Look down, write with violence.
Scribble once, Scribble twice.
I know the answer is right.
The tweet has rhyming and word play. At a glance, the reader is unable to tell that I cheated on my test earlier that day.
Poetry can free us from forfeiting our privacy online. We will be more creative in our communication and our technobiography will be much more than typical “selfies” and mundane “What I’m doing now” updates.
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