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The Shorty Interview
with Mustafa Kazemi

What's your best tweet?
Many tweets of mine I can list as "best". One unique thing that I publish & nobody else does is names of each US serviceman killed in the war
What are six things you could never do without?
Internet, Internet, Internet, Internet, Internet & Internet.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
This question is not applicable about me. My entire professional life without use of Twitter is 20%. Twitter shapes 80% of my pro life.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
"Twitter for iPhone" by Twitter Inc. The most simple yet the most comprehensive app. Second will be Tweetbot.
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Not knowing of trends, but came across #ThatAwkwardMoment some months ago. Make me laugh. Depends on what people write following the hashtag
What feature should Twitter add?
A "Yes" & "No" feature like "favorite" for answering without tweeting Yes/No. A translator to enable users to instantly translate tweets.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Hamid Karzai (Himself tweeting).
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Civilians, Rest In Peace, Barack Obama, Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan, Attack, Gunfire, Combat, Explosion, Blast.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes. @FarenT. An interactive producer for BBC Persian who has great to access to great news, but instead tweets her morning makeup.
Why should we vote for you?
Your votes will motivate me to bring you more than what I bring from Afghanistan now, bring you what you love & enjoy to read.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Connected to Twitter's Head of International Strategy, Katie Jacobs Stanton.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
The contents. Most of my tweets & pics are what people need but they don't get it from the mainstream media. #TheAfghanistanYouNeveSee
What inspires you to tweet?
The fact that it helps the world to see the real Afghanistan, and to see what they don't see in the public media.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Do what you are doing now. In a short while you'll see the result of your commitment. Once I had 30 followers. Today it's 10K.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Not more than 30 minutes. If I'm in the field or on the frontline, its different because I don't get regular internet access during combats).
What question are we not asking here that we should?
I'm an Independent War Correspondent covering the war in Afghanistan, globally known for covering the attacks in Kabul live on Twitter.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
As the time passes, Twitter will have more innovations within it, website designs will be changing, App will develop & the users increasing.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@BuzzFeedAndrew, @AntDeRosa.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Being honest, I do not follow anyone to bring me fun. But sometimes between seriousness, @JoshuaFoust is very funny.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
There is no misconception about Twitter. Everyone use the Twitter according to their own need. Some folks think it belongs to US Govt, though
Why should people follow you?
I fulfill their needs of news from Afghanistan in a unique way; and even some news related to the US Military (inside & outside the US).
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@MichaelYon, @BuzzFeedAndrew.
How do you decide what to tweet?
Mostly my tweets are event-based. The stuff that I see around or come across, I think if it's interesting for a non-Afghan, if yes, I tweet
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
Except for a few tweets on risks of cigarette caused due to smoking of cigarettes, specially cheap cigarettes.
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
It hasn't. But I have helped military family(s) to get to know of their son/daughter being well on duty in Afghanistan when unreachable.
Why'd you start tweeting?
First aim was to discover & acquaint myself with the platform. Later I got interested, much later it became very important.And now it's vital
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Absolutely. I have more friends, I have more connections a I know that my work matter to the world. I'm much more motivated now than before.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Share whatever they think is interesting for the world to get to know about. There's always something happening in every corner of the world.
How will the world change in the next year?
There will be changes in the U.S. Government foreign policy, which will subsequently affect the entire world. For some good, for some bad.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
I haven't had any since I've been live-tweeting the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Global conflicts will have calmed to a great extent by then, that means more peace by 2023. But some very new global conflicts will be born.

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