Yes I know, it is a bit corny. I didn’t want to waste my time thinking of a title or choosing a picture. I have a lot to say, but I will pace myself and write one topic at a time. I will make sure they are well read and hopefully commented on. The aim of me coming back to writing self-published articles is to fill the large misunderstanding gaps that I have noticed growing ever since February 14, 2011. Yes, the whole thing is a big misunderstanding, this is why you should read all my stuff forever!
I will, between time, discuss and explain what I have went through in Washington D.C. as a diplomat and a Media attaché. For those who decided to follow me on Twitter after I got rid of my older blog, this is where my Twitter career began. You see, the good thing about blogging is that nothing stops you from exposing your real identity. On Twitter, there’s this 140 letters. I mean, I don’t have an issue with those letter, only the fact that I believe spaces, full stops, and apostrophes should not be counted. But that’s a different story. Also, you don’t have someone interrupting you, such as in a verbal discussion or an argument. Here, It’s you, your grammatical errors, and yourself.
I have to be honest, I was totally shocked when some of my friends, and colleagues, told me that they consider me an extremist. When I asked why, they said it is because of my Tweets and Re-Tweets. So I discovered that writing down in your bio that retweets are not endorsements really doesn’t do anything at all. Well, I guess the law does not apply to diplomats and government representatives. But this is really a flaw in the Twitter system. Aren’t diplomats, ministers, or royal family members allowed to share something they think is interesting? For example, I see some radical talking about how much he would enjoy seeing a policeman or a guy in a turban being run over by a loco driver. Thus, I retweet it so my followers would know that those people exist and that this mentality, unfortunately, is followed. However, because the Twitter culture is not yet defined, nor I think it will ever be, different followers (and foreign officials) seem to take them in accordance to their own personal perception.
I have no issue or problem with that, because I see Twitter being used differently, by different people. This is why I feel for the need to have this as the main explanatory factor, rather than those tiny Tweets and Re-Tweets. This way, I will help you judge me a lot better.
Those of us on Twitter who use real names and present their real identities should all do the same on the world wide web, to make sure your name is cleared by all your friends, and those who you want to befriend as well. Again, this is because Twitter is not defined with a culture that will serve to protect or punish you. For now, because you Tweet with your name, Twitter seems to be more like a punishing mechanism, rather than to share thoughts and ideas of yourself and others. But if you’re a parody, burnhom, stephom, or agitatehom, or such, then you’re good to go.
I’m not going to deny the fact that I have seen relationships deteriorate between top officials because of Twitter. Heck, I’ve also personally been in awkward moments as well. What is frustrating is that all those officials, and me, are all what I consider very nice guys/gals. Really, how can really good and hard working people, allow such a thing come in between themselves? The problem is that when communications are week, and Twitter feeding is stronger, then relationships will depend on the strongest rope of communication, Twitter. What needs to be done is to either create a culture for Twitter, or don’t depend on Tweets as a report that informs you about your colleagues and formal relationships.
As a word of advice, to you all, take a step backwards, talk to each other more, and don’t judge people based on their Tweets and Re-Tweets, especially me. Me, and most Bahrainis, have a big heart and always stand where God have told us to stand, with justice, fairness, and equality. I don’t care if it was a family member, friend, or a stranger, what’s wrong is wrong and I stand with the right. We all do, because we all are loving people and only want the best for our nation and our children’s’ future. Yes, I do see a lot of flaws in government institutions, such as the judicial system. Yes, I do see a lot of flaws in a system that empowers the extremists to brainwash our children, such as Wefaq et al. This will be shared with you, right here, in this space.