You said what?September 30, 2010
Twitter is steadily becoming a breeding ground for unwritten politics and interpersonal complications. I did a previous post on the messiness that comes with follower/following ratio and the ludicrousness of self-identifying as #teamfollowback. However, there seems to be a much larger and far-reaching phenomenon occurring that even I am extremely guilty of. However, through my own guilt, I can speak even more truthfully on the topic. As I deconstruct the politics of subtweeting, it is only through my own Twitter antics and subtweeting issues that I can frankly call the problem into question. I identify as someone who abuses it and has been the victim of it so my own thoughts speak to the much larger “extraness” at hand.
For those who aren’t aware, subtweeting is a Twitter concept that involves a user subliminally tweeting something ambiguous and telling of their feelings/thoughts without actually pinpointing any subject directly. Usually, it is done to speak about someone else who is following you without actually calling him/her out. This can be done to show affection, throw shade or just talk copious amounts of shit. Very much a communication issue, it has digitally manifested itself and been giving the label of “subtweeting.” The problems lie in the potential interpretation of subtweets and the implications that frequent subtweeting says about a user’s character.
I offer the following recommendations and reiterations in hopes that if your subtweeting goes awry, you can’t say you didn’t know.
- Subtweeting should only speak to what you wish for others to know. If you want to keep something personal, do so. Get a journal and write it down. Subtweeting should only occur on topics that you would be willing to talk out if called out. Once you tweet it into the digital world, it is up for interpretation by every person who reads it.
- If the content of your tweets only revolves around subtweets, then you need to re-evaluate your communication skills and your apparent inability to directly take on confrontation or express your emotions beyond a keyboard. Simple as that.
- Subtweeting and then labeling it a #subtweet no longer makes it a subtweet. The idea behind the concept is that it should hint at and invoke curiosity in rhetoric, while still being quite obvious. It’s like singing a song and at the conclusion announcing “I just sang a song.” Trust me, we know. If you did it correctly, there would be no need to tell us.
For the sake of time and blog protocol, I’ll conclude this entry. My only wish is that when subtweeting occurs it is done with full knowledge of the implications that arise and the ownership of the consequences that may or may not follow. This sounds pretty trivial in retrospect but I’ve seen this pettiness complicate some friendships/relationships. Be wise. #thatisall