Infinitely interesting or just downright LOL-funny: 9 Twitter users you should follow
Just like the good old dailies, Twitter includes relevant issues that need to be talked about, useless stories that essentially fill space, and a large chunk of unwarranted opinions.
Most people get into this social network without really knowing what to do with it. Do you say hello to your followers (if you have any)? Or do you just tweet about what you’re thinking of having for lunch?
The moment you cross the line from being a spectator to a participant of the Twitterverse, getting out is extremely difficult. How could you when people you look up to, be it a celebrity or a crush, suddenly reply to your tweet? Or follow you — if you’re THAT lucky?
But what’s even more amazing is following tweets of people who aren’t Anne Curtis-popular but have thoughts that are mind-boggling, infinitely interesting, inspiring or just downright LOL-funny. They’re closer to the average person, only a bajillion times wittier. These people are the core essence of the platform — a perfect representation of how random and purposeful Twitter is.
Check out a few of the must-follow Filipino accounts whose tweets will have you thinking, “Wow, I wish I was friends with that person!”
Franco Mabanta @FrancoMabanta
“Here’s the secret to twitter: the absolute best people to follow are the ones who know exactly who they are in real life. They always come through.”
Pro tip: When you’re sad or angry, go on YouTube & search for laughing babies. It really is to life what a cheat code is to a video game.
— Franco Cruz Mabanta (@FrancoMabanta) April 1, 2014
Rolando Tolentino @rolandtolentino
“I tweet because there’s a public. I come from a literary and political background, being a writer and fictionist, and the platform allows me to reach a different public. With tweets about love and politics, written in what I hope is still literary, my aim is to instill a passion about life, the choices we make, and the nation.”
ang pag-ibig parang wifi, given na may problema parati sa koneksyon pero di mabubuhay nang wala ito.
— rolando tolentino (@rolandtolentino) March 30, 2014
Marie Jamora @mariejamora
“Here are the reasons of why I tweet (in order of importance):
1) Sharing anything new that is happening in my work
2) Reviewing the films that I have recently watched
3) Occasionally ranting about what pisses me off”
P.S. we just bought the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack on iTunes. WORTH EVERY PENNY. it’s like having another Flight of the Conchords album!
— marie jamora (@mariejamora) March 22, 2014
Philbert Dy @philbertdy
“I’m a film critic. A lot of my tweets are first drafts of ideas that eventually end up on my reviews. It’s basically a channel for faster feedback on the movies that I watch, since I often tweet just minutes after the credits end. It’s also a challenge to myself, a constrained writing exercise designed to force me to make my thoughts as clear and concise as possible. And as with almost everything else I do in my capacity as a Filipino film critic, I’m trying to seed discourse on our cinema, which hasn’t seen nearly enough thoughtful discussion in the last couple of decades.
In which a Canadian documentarian explores the relationship of her 73 year old father with a much younger Filipina: http://t.co/Mq2fPhfgIR
— Phil Dy (@philbertdy) March 29, 2014
Jade Castro @castrojade
“Why i tweet: because i don’t blog anymore. What motivates me to tweet what i tweet: when whatever i say can fit into 140 characters.”
to suggest that “making it in the corporate world” is the pinnacle of a woman’s success is yuckier than to dream of becoming a princess
— jade francis castro (@castrojade) March 30, 2014
Grace Velasco @divasoria
“I basically post stuff that I like and think my friends would like to read as well. It’s curating articles for people of the same interest and background.”
Why You Should Always Under-Promise and Over-Deliver(secrets to my success! Haha!) http://t.co/yMi8GIfPmf
— divasoria (@divasoria) March 31, 2014
Gabe Mercado @gabemercado
“I love tweeting because it’s the easiest way for me to socialize and find out what’s happening with the world without having to go out into the world. Twitter feels like a friendly neighborhood bar to me. If curated right, your feed can be friendly, informative, hilarious and a source of diverse opinions and ideas, plus there’ son pressure in following people back or struggling with the question if you really are friends with a person or not – you can just follow or be followed.”
Kahit dito, hindi makuha ang pangalan ko. pic.twitter.com/IBFUBU5nBP
— Gabe Mercado (@gabemercado) March 31, 2014
Anna Oposa @annaoposa
“Why I tweet:
1) Get updates on relevant news (i.e., relevant to my work and other interests)
2) To connect with like-minded people
3) Promote events/projects that I’m part of”
Whitening facial wash for men?! Jusko. We need to stop this national obsession with this stupid notion that being white is “kutis mayaman.”
— Anna Oposa (@annaoposa) March 27, 2014
Lucy of Fully Booked @_FullyBooked
“I like to tweet because that’s how we can get in touch with other bookworms, and more importantly, how bookworms can get in touch with us in the most convenient way! Anything I find that I think fellow booklovers would also enjoy, I post—a quote, an image, a link, a #bookwormproblem. It’s also really fun to discuss titles that we’ve just read or movie adaptations that are coming out, especially now that summer blockbuster season is about to start!”
In this heat, we are only dreaming of the beach! pic.twitter.com/Jg1sjrcMWf
— Lucy of Fully Booked (@_FullyBooked) April 1, 2014