The “K” word on Twitter

One of the things I love about Twitter is the way it puts you in touch with interesting people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.

It’s always nice to get new followers (if any of you are reading this, thank you!) but I do sometimes puzzle over who’s following me and why. I tweet mainly about language (and also about chocolate, fashion and design, as @ChocStyle). So I was a wee bit bemused by these new followers:

  • @GetHimBackGuy: How to Get Him Back Fast: “Here’s How To Easily Get YOUR EX-Boyfriend Or Former Man Actually BEGGING YOU…(To Take Him Back)”
  • @igotmyexback: The Magic of Making Up: From The Man That Has Secretly Helped 50,119 People In 77 Countries…I’ll take you by the hand and show you exactly what to do and what to say to get your ex lover back in your arms – Especially if you are the only one trying…
  • @datinggossip: Online Dating Gossip Magazine: Great stuff coming soon – Online Dating News, Advice, Gossip & Entertainment. Reader support & debate. Mr./Ms. Online Dating Superstar Competition and more!
  • @Love4Over50: Margot’s Manhunt: Overweight and Over 50, Will There Be a Second Chance at Love?
  • @BirthdayMatcher: Birthday Matcher: a free Social site which finds other people born on exactly the same day, month and year as you were; Your Cyber Twin)

and, even more puzzling alarming:

  • @weddingandbaby: Wedding and Baby: We cater for all your wedding and baby needs. From tiaras to tantrums we have it all!

Couple kissing on red mini

Was there something my best friend should be telling me?! Then it clicked: I’d sent a tweet on “The romance of kissing, by Maryanne Fisher”, linking to a Psychology Today article on the theory and practice of kissing (spotted in the “Most Popular Posts” section when reading New Ideas About the Origin of Language).

I’m really glad I didn’t tweet about the other articles listed in Popular Posts: Why Do Breasts Mesmerize?; As Porn Goes Up, Performance Goes Down; and Learning from Porn. There’s also an article on Jews, Jesuits, Geniuses: The religion-IQ link is JUST a correlation (from the blog Sex, Murder and the Meaning of Life), but there I really do not want to venture.

My latest tweet is:

Chinglish ( Restaurant sign: Fragrant and Hot Marxism. Comment by 17-yr-old son (!): Sounds like a communist bordello.Mon May 03 21:05:22 via TweetDeck

I wait in trepidation…

Photo of Luis and  Yolanda by Sergio Morchon.

By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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