The Art of the Subtweet

subtweetWhat’s better than talking behind somebody’s back? Talking behind somebody’s back right in front of their face. People across the world started tweeting about someone to no one. And thus, an art form was born. The subtweet. The Twitter world began to explode with endless forms of subtweets that never fail to entertain.

The “I just got broken up with and I want my ex to realize how upset I am” subtweet. 

This subtweet is most common among female teenagers. They are meant to make the ex-boyfriend feel like he made a mistake about dumping her and that she is just so sincerely heartbroken. The extreme use of sad faces and crying emojis is common in this scenario. There is no such thing as an over use of emojis. Some girls however like to get a little creative with their sad subtweet and incorporate song lyrics that remind them of their breakup. *Insert any Taylor Swift lyric here*

Kelly Clare, freshman:
“How many times can I break til I shatter?”
“Destroyed. *broken heart emojis*”

The “I’m single and want to prove to you how much fun I’m having” subtweet.

These tweets again are perfected by teenage girls and are in the, “I’m single and killing it! Girls night, GNO. Wore no make up today IDGAF. Don’t need to impress anyone. So over that loser. I’m having so much fun omg I bet you wish you were having as much fun as I am” stage. These tweets are directed completely to their ex-boyfriends just to make them angry. And girls know exactly what to say to get under a guy’s skin.

Emma Carapellotti, freshman:
“Two words, surfer boys. Party time.”
“Its going down tonight #IDGAF!”

The “ I hate you and I want you to know it subtweet”

These subtweets can be created by anyone. It happens when a person is so mad that they have to say something about it, but they don’t feel like directly texting the person. So they tweet something mean and broad enough that multiple people contact them wondering if your subtweet was about them. Curse words, incorrect grammar, capital letters, an absurd amounts of hash tags, and every mean looking emoji the iPhone offers will most likely be incorporated in this form of subtweet.

Siran Nalbandian, freshman:
“NOOOOO NO NO NO don’t text me ‪#stayawaaaaay

The “Calling out the other subtweeter subtweet”

What’s a better way to call out a subtweeter than to subtweet them to stop subtweeting? Whoa. Brain freeze. This special form of subtweeting leads into one of my personal favorites types of fights on social media. Math class boring you? No worries, log on Twitter and watch the subtweet fight break down.

Maggie Mcgillian, sophomore:
“It’s funny how you can favorite all my tweets but never actually say something….”
Oh boy. “And here we…GO… “ says the Joker. (The Dark Night reference)

The “Subtweet fight”

The meanest of mean is said during subtweet fights because there are no boundaries when you’re talking through your computer. Since no one is directly tagged in any tweet, it’s fair game for any users to get involved.

Mcgillian: “Oh it’s on like donkey kong.”
Taylor Block, sophomore: “Chipmunks shouldn’t be stealing other people’s boyfriend.”
Mcgillian: “It’s sad that your boyfriend chose a chipmunk over you.”

Many people are skilled subtweeters who know exactly what to tweet, and some are still dabbling in the art. Either way, the endless forms of subtweets will continue to take over Twitter as long as people love publicizing their drama.

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