2013 was not one of the fanciest years I’ve lived in, but this post is not personal at all, though it does include my personal opinion all along.
Many Lebanese people, the youth mostly, discovered this platform this year. They used that venue to brag, rant, bash, bully, discuss, fight, embarrass and pretty much every other verb you could think of. Basically, they were expressing. Weird trends flooded from Lebanon, many people with a certain fad appreciated it, many people against it opposed it… It was very various.
Being a person with a Tweetdeck, it sometimes became too frustrating to witness that flood. But Tweetdeck is too addictive to close, and the automatic refresh in it is so awesome, let alone all the other features…
Long story short, here is what I think created Twitter buzz in Lebanon.
Mashewe wil shabeb
The very famous Buzz commercial on TV made its way to Twitter with everyone saying “mashewe wil shabeb” after every “3ade” they hear or say.
Olga, the storm (and Alexa of course)
Photos, jokes, comments, random tweets, everyone was talking about Olga, the storm that hit Lebanon earlier this year and caused tons of floods and infrastructure damage.
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk fans and attention seekers tweeted loads of content regarding the album release. Authentic fans expressed their love of the album, and their detest towards everyone who was pretending they listened to Daft Punk regularly.
Instagram on Valentine’s and Mother’s Day
I know this comment should be about Instagram, but people moved their comments to Twiter, complaining about the absence of personal meaning of gifts after putting them up on Instagram. In one way or another, tweets revolved around the concept of “yes, we get it, you’re in a relationship, but stop forcing it down our throats.”
Miss Lebanon 2013
Comments about girls, their looks and their intellectual levels; dresses, the party, the jury, the presenters, everything!
Naya in Dancing with the Stars
Adapted to the middle east audience, this show’s first season was a hit whether we deny this or not, according to ratings. Naya, a Lebanese artist, was a star in that show, how she danced, how she talked, her costumes and hairstyle, everything, people commented on. The night the show aired weekly was a night of #dtwsme and constant tracking of Naya’s body.
I have to admit this one was mainly on Facebook, but people did express their dislike for those pages on Twitter as well.
SMA (Social Media Awards)
A night of awkwardness I must say. Those who won will disagree, but those who were viewing the whole thing, or just observing on twitter, knew that Pheonicia winning (for example) was because that was the venue selected for that night of awards. The nomination was weird, the nominees mostly didn’t fit the categories they were nominated for, and the whole voting was not revealed, leaving speculations for those who cared, ad criticism for those who didn’t.
The design of the 50,000 bill
Some said it was fake, others noticed the typo on it (independence written in English though the sentence it was in was French), but designers were in a rage because the bill looked so ugly no one even imagined themselves carrying it in their pockets/wallets.
Truck Wheel Explosion
As much as I hate taking about politics, let alone that I am almost completely illiterate and unknowledgeable of parties, ministers, deputies and the like, this one was a hit that night.
The situation in Lebanon was tough at that time, maybe same as now but anyway, and there were explosions going on during that month, and the situation was as unstable as a log on a rock. A truck tire exploded and the sound heard was massive, but now with the speed of tweeting, all media accounts rushed to put it in an “explosion heard in Dahieh” format. A few minutes later, they knew it was a truck, and then people relaxed a bit, though there were many “ah ma badda hal2ad” tweets. Following that incident, every other explosion in Dahieh was mocked as “ah haida kamen douleb she7ne?”
It’s not funny honestly, I didn’t find it amusing reading that, because lives were lost in several explosions, and whatever your religious or political stand (or even the absence of that stand), some issues like death aren’t to be mocked.
Trance lovers gathered for that night, and many people who hate trance were tweeting that trance isn’t real music and that trance lovers’ taste is shitty. I don’t really care what anyone listens to, it’s style. It’s almost like saying “oh you wear red? Those who wear red are shitty.” While, in fact, we all know this is a matter of opinion. Trance lovers, whatever. Trance haters, chill.
This happened on Facebook, MANY people used that, I still don’t know what it is, but my newsfeed seemed like a huge comic strip. It was a fad, fast to initiate, hitting like a storm, and then dying. People raged on Twitter complaining about their Facebook friends using Bitstrips (and they raged on Facebook too, but this is out of my concern now). And, believe it or not, the fad moved a bit to Twitter before Bitstrip lovers realized that Bitstrip comics belonged on their Facebook walls and not on Twitter timelines.
There are always random rants, like school kids being on Twitter and the timeline being calm before 3pm (when they are in their classes, the football tweets, the political tweets, the #NowPlaying and #ReplaceMovieNamesBy_____ tweets…
The above is what I could mostly remember in 2013 on my timeline. Your input and comments are appreciated.
Live and let live. But don’t ever feel suppressed and hesitate to express your opinion. Your opinion is an opinion. As long as you don’t disrespect and don’t generalize, you are in my opinion safe.
Happy New Year everybody! May 2014 bring a more respectful freedom of speech wave on Twitter.