Ever since I joined the social networking site Twitter, in July 2011, my whole world has turned upside down. In a good way. Where previously I had to keep my dark humour mostly to myself, I now get to share it with the world… or at-least the 700+ people who for God knows what reason follow me on the site.
A friend introduced me to the site saying ‘it’s tons of fun’ and I asked her the same question I now dread hearing from other people, ‘What does one do on Twitter’. The question as I have learned in almost a year is, everything.
Once I got hooked on to the site there was no stopping me. Connecting with other social castoffs, sharing experiences the world was instantly a better place. Soon twitter was doing things for me that people can’t even do for themselves… like find me a job. Yep. You heard right.
Twitter is a world of endless possibilities. I have ‘talked’ and not just ‘stalked’ many of the well known people in the Pakistani media, who have been very encouraging. Very recently I was one of the six people covering Fashion Pakistan Week 2012 solely for Twitter. Social media is a powerful thing indeed.
But today, the world I built for myself high up in the skies came crashing down with two texts from my fellow tweeples… ‘Twitter is blocked in Pakistan’ they said. Removing sleep from my eyes like nothing ever did, these text shook me to the core. I jumped out of bed and logged on to find Twitter inaccessible.
What followed was a wail of ‘NOs’ and ‘How could they’. But soon I discovered, like everything in Pakistan, this ban had a flaw too. I logged on to a twitter client that I used and managed to tweet like usual. Once there I saw many of the tweeples I follow had already beaten me to the punch. Some were using Twitter for mobile, others had set up proxies. Furthermore they were helping others how to find the loophole as well. The funny bit was that, very few actually knew what the cause behind this ban was. Something to do with blasphemy perhaps? I usually get most of my news from Twitter, so I am kind of in a rut here.
The bottom line, bans like these never work. There was a similar ban on facebook once. Nothing happened. Then came the infamous ban on certain words over the sms. Boy did my vocabulary increased that day. And now this. Seems like the only thing Pakistani government is capable of doing is imposing bans on everything the people can do. Ban on pillion riding, cng stations for selling cng on Saturdays. Ban on malls after 8 o’clock. Instead of finding solutions for things we cannot do, we put restrictions on things we can do. We just love to make a fool out of ourselves. These bans never really accomplish anything. They just help us, the awam find new ways of breaking the so called rules.
We as a nation are screwed. Enough writing, back to tweeting like a rebel! Ciao.