Twitter is a unique place compared to other social media platforms because it’s conversation based. I think of my community like a really big group chat. People start following me for a specific pop culture reason typically, and then they find me entertaining, so they interact. Sometimes I’m with my friends and we get into a heated discussion so I’ll say, “let me ask my Twitter.” Then, I’ll get their opinions. Other times, I Tweet things I don’t think my IRL friends would care about or are sick of hearing me talk about because I can go on a tangent, and people will be engaged. My community also suggests shows and movies to me, just because they want to hear my take on it, so I also get content that way.
There is no other app like Twitter that can genuinely make my stomach hurt [from laughter]. My mutuals are some of the funniest people on the planet, and a lot of the people who are good at Twitter are also writers. Written by Hanna’s Tweets are hilarious and some of my favorites. Kyle from On the Bulletin writes a lot about music, so I pay attention to his Tweets. Two of my mutuals, Jess and Engweri, just released newsletters and I’m not usually into newsletters, but theirs are so good. I’ve noticed that, on Twitter, the creators, especially the major Black and queer creators, really stick together and support you through the wild things that can happen on this app.
If you see me change my Twitter handle to something like “Zae Son of Apollo,” it’s because sometimes when I Tweet a wish or prediction, it comes true! At the beginning of this year, the music industry was sort of slow and I Tweeted about wanting a new album from anyone and tagged a bunch of my favorite artists. I don’t get starstruck very often but Lizzo Quote Tweeted me and dropped the news that the album was coming soon. I LOVE Lizzo, I feel like we would be the best friends ever, so when she told everybody by Quoting like that, I freaked out.