Top of the Tweets: Jan 26

After a week off, the arbitrarily numbered Top of the Tweets is back with…

  • At six, it’s Jeong Ho-hi, a spokesman for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, who says:

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I don’t know how many readers the Chosun Ilbo has, but given that there are more than 2.5 million people using Twitter in Korea, let’s have a million of them see this by RT’ing it.

The link leads to a short message written by former service staff at Hongik University, who were made redundant en masse at the beginning of this month when the contractor they worked for was replaced by a different company. (Another Tweet on this topic appeared in Top of the Tweets a couple of weeks ago.)

The message, titled “To the chancellor of Hongik University, let’s have a meal together,” highlights the rather sorry conditions the workers faced while working at Hongdae (750,000 won a month plus 300 won per meal), and says that the service staff just want to work and be treated with respect. The invitation concludes by asking, “If we sit down with a warm meal and have a chat, what is there that we can’t solve together?”

No word on the chancellor’s response.

  • At five, it’s entertainment company boss and tremendously popular Twitterian Han Sang-min, with an RT of a rousing Tweet by @psythkim.

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Don’t call us pessimists for complaining about society and then push us to one side. We are optimists who believe we can change the world. You don’t believe you can change the world through complaining so you keep your mouths shut. You are the real pessimists.

Quite who the “you” and “us” are isn’t explained, but given Han’s choice of RT’s (@welovehani, @hoongkildong), it’s safe to say the Lee Myung-bak government sits squarely in the former category.

  • At four, it’s Yoon Sungmo, an integral part of K-pop boyband Supernova (초신성). No, I’d never heard of them either, but they are apparently HUGE in Japan.

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I’m going back to Japan tomorrow. See you tomorrow!!

Some 46 excitable girlies have RT’ed that pithy message already, with another 404 fans replying through Twitter as well.

  • At three, it’s author Kim Young-ha, whose post-modern novels, including the highly successful I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, “articulat[e] a new mode of sensitivity to life’s thrills and horrors as experienced by Koreans in the ever-changing context of a modern, globalized culture” (says Wiki).
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When his son Michael is faced with a crisis in the film The Godfather, Vito Corleone gives him the following advice: “Whoever comes to you offering to negotiate, he’s the traitor!” In my life, the person who whispers asking what life holds or telling me to live in a cursory manner, he’s the traitor.
  • At two, it’s Top Tweet stalwart Kim “following six” Juha, with this helpful advice for her hordes of followers:

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A while ago, my Tweet friend @asan0530 received a text asking, “How are you doing, oppa?” But when he called the number to ask who it was, he was charged 15,000 won for the call. The last four numbers were 6606, so please beware.

  • And, as ever, at No 1 it’s man of letters Lee Oi-soo, with one of his trademark teasers:

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A father is a person who always put his declarations into practice. And today, he says that if you can’t bring actress Kim Tae-hee back as a daughter in law in the next three months, he’s going to kill himself. If you were the son, what would you do?

This time, the 1,824 (and counting) replies include: Bring an imitation actress! Pretend I couldn’t hear!, and, It’s three months — I’d just marry someone else…

Say what you like about Lee, the man is a true Twitter phenomenon. And he’s not Lady Gaga.

PS: Thanks, as ever, to my Twitter consultants @Jeeho_1 and @pr_chris for their help in putting this together.

UPDATE: Another RT from a Top Tweeter!

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