Conversations are happening all the time on Twitter—and it all starts with just one reply to a Tweet, Spaces, or DM. Twitter is the conversational layer of the internet and people from different parts of India come to the service to talk about the things that they care about, in the language that they prefer, and oftentimes, forging meaningful connections with those who share similar interests.
Over the years, we’ve seen many Twitter connections translate into heartwarming tales of friendship, companionship, marriage and business partnership. These stories are worth being told and some protagonists are themselves sharing their unique #WeMetOnTwitter experiences on the service - whether in Spaces, Communities, or Tweets - they are proudly proclaiming, ‘#WeMetOnTwitter’!
In fact, between January and June 2022, the number of Tweets on #WeMetOnTwitter increased by 380% as compared to Tweets during the same time period in 2021.
Pallavi Walia, Head of Communications - Twitter India, says, “We’ve always looked at Twitter as the place for conversations and connections, and to see that come to life with real stories of people finding companions on the service is as rewarding as it gets. #WeMetOnTwitter is the telltale of the power of public conversation, and to see it grow so distinctively only encourages us to make it easier for people to come together and engage around their interests and what they care about.”
Starting up: Among the many #WeMetOnTwitter connections is the story of a law and business student Sejal Sud (@SejalSud) who developed an interest in finance and turned to Twitter to learn more. While hosting Twitter Spaces on start-ups, she met Aditya (@thefaadguy), who played a significant role in shaping her financial knowledge journey. Soon after, she found herself helming an engaged community focused on financial literacy and investment with fellow content creator - Dr. Tanmay (@Least_ordinary), whom she discovered and met on Twitter too.
They now host a bi-weekly Twitter Spaces, which draw thousands of listeners. Through their Spaces, Sejal and Dr. Tanmay have inspired a number of people to think about investments. Sejal says, “Twitter has enabled me to build a network. I’m grateful to have nurtured real friendships born out of common interests and goals through Twitter that I know will last a lifetime.”
Balle-Balle! Twitter to Chandigarh: Near-strangers Sukrit (@seshogaya) and Aastha (@Mainhoonnaaa) also met on the service. They bonded over a photograph and eventually, ended up cementing a firm friendship.
Talking about his #WeMetOnTwitter experience, Sukrit shared, “I came across Aastha’s profile and noticed that her location was set to Chandigarh, which is also my mother’s hometown, so I started following her - just like that - on a whim. One day, I thought of connecting with her via DM. I wanted to do it differently, so I Tweeted, ‘Should I talk to her?’, hoping she’d get it. She did, and replied, ‘Yes!’ - and that was the beginning of our beautiful friendship. While speaking to her, I discovered that we are a lot like each other. Three months of non-stop banter later, I finally went to Chandigarh to meet her. The best part about our friendship is that we can laugh at and with each other. She is my personal stand-up comedian and support system.”
Tweet now, say ‘I do’ later: Another young pair had a chance encounter on Twitter and are now preparing to tie the knot. Mohit (@mohitmamoria) met and bonded with his soon-to-be wife Nipun (@nipunyyy) on the service through their shared love of books!
Remembering how he met his fiance, Mohit shared, “Last May (2021), when my grandparents contracted COVID-19 and I resorted to Twitter to ask for help, I met Nipun! She was helping people find resources, and helped me too by replying to my Tweet. Sadly, my grandparents didn’t make it. The first few weeks after their passing away were terrible; I retracted into a shell, and to cope with the loss, I turned to books. I was reading the Animal Farm by George Orwell and a quote stuck with me so I Tweeted it, ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’ Nipun replied to my Tweet, she said, ‘I want to read this book, but I need someone to guide me through it.’ Naively, I sent her a DM, asking, ‘Do you want to read together?’ and we began talking. ‘I’ll find a way to meet you in 100 days from now,’ she said on our first call. To my surprise, she kept her promise! We decided to get engaged in December 2021 – on Nipun’s birthday. Nipun is the best thing to have happened to me. Recently, we even started a company together.”
Fans to co-founders: Professionals and entrepreneurs are some of the most passionate and active communities on Twitter, and rekindling her love for writing on the service while taking a gap year from her medical entrance exams, Prarthna (@PrarthanaVyava1) stumbled upon her entrepreneurial partners on Twitter.
Ashish (@evolvedSapien), an astro-enthusiast and Manoj (@ManojKhetan18), a graphic designer, discovered Prarthna’s profile and admired her writing. They reached out to her on the service and not before long, the three of them became the co-founders of an award winning artist promotion platform. Prarthna fondly recalls, “Our story is incredible, especially for me — a girl, who was once lost, and found a new destination because of two boys she met right here on Twitter. What a beautiful journey it has been!”
These stories encapsulate just a few of the millions of delightful nuggets on the power of conversations that unfold on Twitter everyday. The real-time and conversational nature of the service have enabled people to freely express themselves and connect with like-minded folks in a meaningful way. Each #WeMetOnTwitter story illustrates the endless possibilities on Twitter -- sometimes your soulmate or confidante is just a Tweet away!