Dear Tweeps: your bedrooms are watched!

‘Myself is MY Twitter account so, it’s mostly about me’ …
‘I guess I’m tweeting to my friends, fans… and I’m tweeting to myself’…
‘I’m very conscious that Twitter is public, I won’t tweet anything I didn’t want my mother,employer,professor to see‘…

I was reading the above opinions of  Twitter users, whom were asked some questions like ‘what you tweet about?’, ‘what you don’t not tweet? And ‘do you think who your followers are?’ Their answers were needed for an interesting Article tilted ‘I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience’.
The article suggests that ‘individuals work together to uphold preferred self-images of themselves and their conversation partners’, who are their followers on Twitter, they don’t know much about those who are going to read their tweets, and in a way or another, individuals want  to raise the number of those ‘unknown’ followers!

Actually the article argument  has more than evidence, just  look at the growing numbers of Twitter tools and applications managing the relationship between a tweep and his followers and you’ll see how we are engaged with learning what our ‘unknown audience’ on twitter are like, who followed us first, and who are the in-common followers between us and our new Twitter follower, what are the twitter society current talks, and seeking more information about the new followers.

The existence of such tools proves that we care about our Twitter followers, accordingly we care about our image on Twitter, simply  we are what we tweet!


After finishing reading I checked my twitter feeds, trying to see my friend’s tweets with different perspective, what I found were:


My friend is tweeting the disgust she feels as having her period upon her beach trip! A third friend had this confession:

Being aware that your followers (both who you know personally and whom you don’t know) are reading what you tweet sound contradictory with the kind of tweets cited above, in which people are more talking to themselves rather than to their followers, apparently Twitter question ‘What are you doing?” is not enough for them, they feel relaxed to write in 140 characters what they think and feel.

What made Paul Hodkinson and Sian Lincoln, two academics in University of Surrey,   wonder if the cyber space is being used by teens and youth as bedrooms, and after a year of observing LiveJournal platform and in depth face to face interviews with 15 of its users, they found these youngsters

often emphasized the importance of their bedroom as a safe place to escape, to spend time alone, to ‘chill out’, relax, daydream or be creative in an environment somewhat separated from the social pressures or rules associated with collective or public space such as school, college or work


What happens id the we  sign contracts of  glass virtual bedrooms by creating an account on Twitter, and we feel glad to find more people are  looking at our bedrooms. I wished to find in I Tweet article questions about privacy and the usage of fake and nick names on Twitter, to have more room for talking freely without considering the unkown audience.

This tension  between privacy keeping and passion to be more seen, was solved to  a far extend, by a psychological perspective to Twitter.

In Psychology Today magazine, Dr. Moses Ma tries to explore Twitter Psychology, contextualizing the popular social network with human needs as shaped in Maslow’s pyramids, he says:

Twitter aims primarily at social needs, like those for belonging, love, and affection. Relationships such as friendships, romantic attachments and families help fulfill this need for companionship and acceptance, as does involvement in social, community or religious groups. Clearly, feeling connected to people via Twitter helps to fulfill some of this need to belong and feel cared about

An even higher level of need, related to self-esteem and social recognition, is also leveraged by Twitter. Twitter allows normal people to feel like celebrities

When we tweet, we need this self-esteem and social recognition, that’s why we feel happy when we find our followers number is on the rise.



But a remaining question still with no answer: why some people set Twitter accounts only to follow others, and rerely share a thing?!

I finished reading, got to ,my twitter page again and tweeted:

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