I’m amazed. He’s after all 76 years old but certainly no Luddite, i.e. someone who’s afraid of new technology.
As for me, I’m NOT on Twitter. Have never been. (I read @hannahyeoh on the Internet.)
And on Oct 1 last year, I deleted my Facebook account. It was a conscious decision to distance myself from the social media and minimize potential distractions. I’m not alone in doing this.
Here’s a report from The Daily Mail (
- One-third of Facebookers aged 16-34 delete their accounts because they no longer see site as ‘cool’
- Parents and grandparents flocking to social media site
- Almost 60% of Britons aged over 55 now have Facebook account
Among other trends – ‘10 Reasons You Should Delete Your Facebook Account‘ (whatculture.com, 23 July 2014) explains why some individuals have opted out.
Although my observation is only anecdotal, I feel that in Malaysia the parent-aged (40-55), middle-class, professional Chinese and most particularly the Christians are active on Facebook. One example is how Suzanna Tan viralled her complaint against the JPJ dress code into a national talking point.
Social media is the echo chamber – previously it used to be chain mail – that perpetuates the Christian’s anti-government, anti-Malay and anti-Muslim sentiments. It’s called confirmation bias.
But I’ve digressed.
Former Information Minister and ex-Utusan group editor Zam is on Twitter @zainudinmaidin (Note: Only one ‘d’ in zainudin).
He leaped into the arena last week. The catalyst … obviously he wanted to promote his new book. But regardless his reasons, I’m predicting he’s going to make the fur fly in Twitterjaya. Like a cat jumping in among the pigeons.
BELOW: Zam’s debut tweet on June 5