Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - MEH

ome­thing funny about apps: No mat­ter how much we try to swear one off, an­other of a sim­i­lar na­ture grad­u­ally set­tles in to fill the void. Ex­hibit A: Yours Truly’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Months af­ter de­ac­ti­vat­ing my Face­book ac­count, I soon re­al­ized that Youtube—per­haps the “funnest” app on my phone post-de­ac­ti­va­tion—made a poor sub­sti­tute. For one, there was barely any in­ter­ac­tion with the larger com­mu­nity. I wasn’t the type to leave or like com­ments, and nei­ther did I share my own con­tent, so my only in­cen­tive for vis­it­ing the site was to check if any of my fa­vorite channels up­loaded any­thing new. Sec­ond, there wasn’t much in the way of lo­cal news, hap­pen­ings, or chis­mis in the videos that ap­peared on my Youtube feed—va­garies which, by con­trast, gave my FB ac­count a more lo­cal­ized, dis­tinctly Ce­buano or Filipino vibe.

So re­ally, out of sheer bore­dom, and like a child anx­ious for a toy to play with, re­gard­less of how old it is, I tapped the icon to my Twit­ter app and logged back in af­ter about…three years? This was around the mid­dle of 2017, in the midst of one of my long­est FB de­ac­ti­va­tion phases, and my last tweets per­tained to my most an­tic­i­pated movies of 2014. (Ah yes, I re­mem­ber when I was so look­ing for­ward to The Hob­bit: There and Back Again. In­sert dis­ap­pointed sigh here.)

I first signed up for the @jack-founded plat­form back in 2011, amid en­thu­si­as­tic feed­back from col­lege class­mates that it was “lin­gaw” and de­spite ini­tial hes­i­ta­tion to cre­ate an­other so­cial me­dia ac­count that would re­quire sub­se­quent man­ag­ing. At first, I didn’t quite get what all the fuss was about. Just like on Face­book, you could “like” (sym­bol­ized, though, by a heart in­stead of a thumbs-up) some­one else’s post (tweet, in Twit­ter ter­mi­nol­ogy), and you could share (retweet) that same post/tweet. The most ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ence per­haps was that the in­ter­face was a lot “messier,” and more frus­trat­ingly, tweets couldn’t ex­ceed 140 char­ac­ters—a pro­viso es­pe­cially vex­ing for some­one who’s quite the lengthy poster on FB. There was also a no­table ten­dency for one’s tenses to shift when phras­ing posts and tweets. For ex­am­ple, if I were to post about how I “Just walked 20 kilo­me­ters” on Face­book, that same text would take on a present-tense form on Twit­ter (given the more real-time and rapid

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