x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

@ShivamLM: 'I could tweet 200 times day'

Shivam Manghnan, an Indian finance graduate who was born and raised in the UAE, joined Twitter in March 2009. He tweets 100 times a day about football.

@shivamLM or Shivam Manghnani. Sarah Dea / The National
@shivamLM or Shivam Manghnani. Sarah Dea / The National

Shivam Manghnani

Handle @ShivamLM

Tweets 100,489

Followers 1,367

Following 750

Bio "I am a Chelsea fan, I am a football fan. #WFPI caller. Finance graduate ('12). Love Calcio and Arg. football. Also a gamer. Views my own."

Shivam Manghnan, an Indian finance graduate who was born and raised in the UAE, joined Twitter in March 2009. He tweets 100 times a day about football.

"I joined out of curiosity but didn't start using properly for several months.

Now I tweet about 100 times a day and most of it is football related. It could be during a game or my opinion about some news in football. If there is big news, like Robin Van Persie leaving Arsenal, then I could tweet up to 200 times a day.

Twitter has made it much easier to communicate in the UAE. Six years ago I would rely on phone calls and meeting people in person but now I can get directly in touch with someone and if I have a query for Dubai Police or the RTA I can tweet them and get an answer back almost instantaneously.

Sometimes I'll speak to up to 30 people at one time. I don't know who these people are but they're all scattered all over the world. The recent UAE Dress Code conversation led to a lot of abuse and that's not something I would like to do.

To me, Twitter is not a place for serious discussion; it's a place for fun with a little bit of intelligent conversation thrown in.

Only a handful of my friends from college are on there and while my parents probably don't know how to use Twitter, my brother is on there. That's how we stay in touch."