Interviewing twelebs: Shakti Shetty

Hellooo there, here I am with yet another interview. He may be your favourite tweleb and why not? His high quality content has impressed us many times over. So, let’s get to know “Shakti Shetty” better.

1) Do your parents know about the popularity of your Twitter account ? If yes, what are their views on your content?
I am not really popular as such. I seldom tweet on trending topics or get featured on popular online sites. My style, if you can call it so, has been random throughout. I post whatever i feel like at any given point of time. But, to answer the question, my parents aren’t in tune with Twitter (they recently got introduced to WhatsApp). Besides, they won’t care, especially my amma, who even has a word for online folks: adrishya jana (invisible people).
2) If Twitter was never launched, on what social media platform you would be wasting your time today? Why?
I remember popping my internet cherry with Yahoo, which was pretty much the case with teens those days. Used to chat with people of different nationalities, feeling great about how connected Web really is. Eventually, i moved on to Orkut and then Facebook and then Blogger and then ultimately Twitter. Been on the timeline for over 8 years so i think i’d have been spending more time on Facebook and Medium (i left Blogger early this year) if it weren’t for Twitter. But then, who knows?
3) What do you do for a living?
I work as a communication specialist/copywriter at Zomato.
4) Has your popularity on Twitter helped you in your professional life? If yes, how?
To be frank, popularity is a vague concept—in the online world—so i don’t really know how to quantify its extent. However, granted my job revolves around several platforms on social media, my background in Twitter helps in gauging what’s going on where. One of the reasons why so-me is a thing has a lot to do with the fact that we STILL don’t know why some things go viral and most things don’t.
5) What are your hobbies apart from tweeting?
I love collecting trivia. It’s an irony they call it trivia when most of them aren’t even trivial. I spend a lot of time on words too. I enjoy revisiting etymological roots and connecting dots in history. Cinema is my first love though. I try to watch at least one movie a day but thanks to the rise of television (read: Netflix), that’s tough nowadays. Too many shows to catch up on! I like reading as well. The plants in our balcony aren’t in the best of shape. Or else, would have claimed gardening too.
6) Many twelebs have their Facebook page. Why don’t you try your hands on Facebook page? Aren’t you planning to expand your social circle? Or is it just that you don’t have much time in your hands to be active everywhere?
FB page is for those who are dedicated and disciplined in their online approach. I lack both these qualities. It’s a personal accomplishment that i am committed to the noble cause of posting rubbish on the timeline. Anything beyond that would be too much to ask for. I am also quite regular on Instagram though where i put up pics with one-word captions and no hashtags. That’s about it.
7) You are a writer right? So, do you write for your own website or for any other firm or both?
Not really. I’d rather call myself a future writer. I am a slow work in progress. I used to be an entertainment journalist at mid-day so i’ve got a fair idea how writing works. As of now, i blog regularly on varied topics, especially after moving to Medium. And once in a while, i shamelessly plug my blog posts on Twitter and Facebook too.
8) You definitely had not thought about being a tweleb when you were a kid. What did you really want to become as a kid? How successful have you been in achieving your childhood dream?
Tweleb is a non-word that floats around aimlessly. To me, tweleb doesn’t mean anything unless you are making money out of Twitter. And there are more than enough ways to do so! (It’s crazy how Twitter fails to make money while twelebs do.) I haven’t endorsed anything for monetary returns yet so i’d refrain from calling myself a tweleb. I’m just another tweep, a fool if you may, who wastes time on the timeline whenever he can. As a kid, i wanted to be a farmer like my granddad. Growing up, i wanted to be a writer. I hope i write something worthy before ending up as a farmer someday. The future lies in the grains.
9) What is your favorite Twitter account? What do you think about his content which sets him apart from all others?
My all-time favourite account (@UdaasPriest) left Twitter last year. Fortunately, he’s aiming to be a stand-up comic so we’ll see more of him in the not-so-distant future. What i liked about his content was he didn’t care and highlighted stuff—through his no-holds-barred jokes—that often get swept under the rug in the name of PC. Some tweeps keep saying that i get away with a lot of controversial stuff because of my no-response strategy. Well, you should check out his tweets.
10) Name 5 Indian accounts that everyone should follow apart from “Shakti_Shetty.”
There are way too many so i’ll give you 10 in no particular order.

@RoflGandhi_ (consistently hilarious; no need to follow him actually as his tweets will show up on your TL anyway)
@PunsTurnMeOn (puns, jokes, puns, jokes – yes fun intended)
@NameFieldmt (manages to find the funny side of almost everything around us)
@CouchBatata (awesome take on doodles)
@RahulRoushan (not many mix politics and humour like he does)
@shubhansh1504 (next level Hindi wordplay)
@ButVai (can find puns in things others possibly can’t)
@kitanurag (a must-follow for rad jox and fab retweets)
@AskthePankazzzz (a healthy mix of funny, sarcastic and emo)
@kachra_peti (wordplay comes naturally to him)

 

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