Twitter has taken a while to establish itself in Thailand but this year has finally seen the service make a big splash in the country, alongside Facebook, thanks mainly to the role social networking and other new media services in the reporting of the Red Shirt protests in Bangkok earlier this year.
The most obvious use of Twitter has been by the media in Thailand, with many journalists using new media to grow their ‘online presence’ and reputation, to the extent that many Thai journalists enjoy fairly sizeable profiles. Standing out from crowd, in every sense of the word, is @thanongk, the managing editor of English-language newspaper The Nation.
Thanong is like online Marmite, loved and hated in large quantities, there is pretty much no in between – though his ‘interesting take on things’ tend to make him a figure of derision or argument.
To see exactly why he is so notorious there is a Facebook note, created by Prach Panchakunathorn, which includes a list of @thanongk’s most ‘memorable’ tweets.
Check it out here, a short preview of some is below:
ThanongK on democracy
Anyone got a personal favourite @thanongk classic to share?