Welcome to Twitter
The virtual global city.
But no love for neighbours.
A colossal marketplace from everything
From Avocados to Zulu language texts
The bane of governments, companies and media everywhere.
News so fast,
It’s now made on the streets,
Not just broken anymore.
Thanks to the unmatched spirit of
Ingenuity, improvisation and inventiveness*
You will only find here.
With fake reports
Creating PR nightmares
Of melodramatic proportions.
In these streets,
Celebrities and citizens are equally famous.
You can go from zero to hero and back
In minutes, 24/7, 365.
Butterflies cause hurricanes here.
Let’s drive by #InnerCityTwitter
Where the streets are
Mean, grimy & rough.
Crawling with racists, misogynists,
Dissemblers, liars, psychopaths,
Abusive mean-spirited bullies and trolls
Whose dragging and burning
Are the scourge of many.
Its unruly inhabitants
Like to barge in, uninvited,
As we sit and weigh in on the
Sage and cultured debates
Of politics, the economy,
Social issues and literature by
Of all genders, races and creeds.
Where the language is refined,
The vocabulary on point.
Defeated by the elegance of the argument
The intellectually stunted morons’ best shot is to
default to base insults or
Worse, profanity (sh*t this, f*ck that)
To make their point or lack of thereof.
Come and sit by the fireside of
Vibrant close knit networks
Of people with common origins
Where native language tweets
Share the latest news,
Dispense wisdom and bring tears to ones with laughter
With the best inside jokes.
Home away from home
For the lonely dwellers of the diaspora,
Longing for the sights and sounds of home.
My favourite neighborhood which,
Just like the village, there are
Aunties and uncles at the corners
Calling to order rude boys and mean girls
With the temerity to bring
their inner city savagery
To these quiet civilized streets.
Live, love, laugh and lead
Share your mountain top moments:
Your innovations and successes;
Your opinions, informed or otherwise;
Your woes in the valley: your worst struggles and
Your deepest griefs.
Inspire others with your greatest joys.
Hashtag # your stories
To reach like-minded souls
Find what you’re looking for:
Whether it’s lasting love;
Or the cheap thrill of mindless, meaningless sex;
Validation- ‘am I the crazy one here’;
Professional respect; or
An opportunity to vent,
When it all gets too much.
Like, Retweet, Quote and repeat.
Watch your language.
Pick your battles.
Choose carefully who to watch because,
You are who you follow.
A place of permanent memory,
More immutable than the #Blockchain.
Careers are made and broken here.
Even if you’re not a #Twitterzen.
These streets are watching
Start safe out there
Coz it’s all good in the hood.
*Evelyn of the Internets
follow me on twitter @NomaDzino