Friday, December 23, 2011

A pinch of hope for Christmas 2011

With the whole surge of politicians on Twitter lately, got all of the Lebanese twittersphere thinking whether it was a good thing or not. Many tweeps felt that with politics on Twitter, Twitter will certainly be ruined.

But yesterday, I was checking twitter on my phone, and thought I'd jump on the timeline and see what's happening. I saw my good friend Haytham asking Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui a question and then the minister answering him. Usually, most of us are able to tell when an agency is replying on behalf of someone and when it is that someone replying personally and it was obvious that it was Nicolas Sehanoui behind his twitter account at that specific moment.

They were discussing the new minimum wage and how it will affect the economy.

I sincerely smiled. Having politicians on Twitter is not a bad thing as some of us thought and feared. And here is why:

  1. If you are not interested in politics, simply unfollow people who retweet politicians and do not follow those politicians themselves. That is the beauty of Twitter
  2. You can always use a Twitter client such as Tweetdeck and filter on words you are simply not interested to see, hear or speak about.
  3. You can actually talk to those politicians and many times they do reply back. At this point they still have a decent amount of followers and replying seems easy, I am not sure how it will be when they have many thousands following and asking them questions. But for now, it's a good thing.
  4. Because it does make us closer to the politicians. Usually, the only way for us to talk to them is via reporters and us wishing that the reporter/journalist/show host will ask that question we have on our minds. 

Having a minister reply to you on Twitter is not an "Ah-Ok" kind of thing. Hariri replies, Mikati replies, and now Sehnaoui. So yeah, it is a big thing! It's a big thing to be able to talk to a politician and let them know what you think, what YOU think, what you really THINK.

So maybe it's the festivities, maybe Love is all around, but for some reason I felt a bit of hope yesterday for Lebanon and well on that note, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, whatever your sect is, because Christmas is all about the birth of hope and love. 

So here's for a better Lebanon.

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