Twitter is my favorite social media platform, just so you know.

I’ve been on Twitter since 2010, but I made my public, once-anonymous account only five years ago, mainly for the purpose of promoting my blog posts and preventing myself from spamming my real-life friends and acquaintances with my constant Football/F1/MotoGP/Tennis commentaries, ramblings, and observations.

My point, anyway, is that this is a story of how Twitter surprised me in the best way possible.

I love F1, that much should be obvious by now; and when I feel strongly about something related to it, I immediately let my thoughts be known, first via Twitter, and then on a subsequent, oftentimes lengthy, blog post.

Recap: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the 2016 World Driver’s Championship (hooray). However, five–yes, five–days later, he announced his retirement from the sport. What the heck, right?

My mind went into overdrive (pardon the pun). I poured my heart out on an open letter to him. Usually, my open letters have been reserved for my favorite drivers, but I have grown rather fond of Mr. Rosberg over the years and I felt it was only right that I should say (nearly) everything I wanted to say to him in a farewell letter. If for anything, at least I can attempt to encapsulate how a lot of F1 fans around the world feels about Rosberg and his rather interesting F1 career.

I published it on the 3rd of December. I posted the link on my Twitter page the same day. I got some compliments and several blog views over the next few weeks. And then the interest seemed to dwindle. That was fine. That should have been the end of the story.

However, for some reason, I left the blog post link as my Pinned Tweet. I thought, maybe more fans will somehow find this. I’ll just change it once the new season starts.

Then, on the 3rd of February, I interacted with the account Parc Ferme F1 (@PFF1) and asked him something about Sebastian Vettel’s supposedly revolutionary new visor during testing. For some reason, whoever runs that account must have looked at my profile and saw my Pinned Tweet. That account then retweeted the link to more than 8,000 followers. Another account, MSportXtra (@MSportExtra), must have seen the retweet and in turn, retweeted it again to more than 3,000 followers. I started getting lots of Likes and Retweets and Replies. I thanked everyone as best as I could and then went to bed, thinking, “Oh it’s nice how that Open Letter is getting attention again. I hope Rosberg fans like it.”

The next day, I went out to run errands, and while I was having a waffle snack break, I checked my Twitter and found that my Nico Rosberg Open Letter Tweet was still spreading its way through the F1 community. I got tweets from lots of fellow fans all over the world, but two tweets stood out for me: One was from the F1 producer of the NBC Sports Network, who gave me a kind review and tagged Mercedes AMG F1 on his tweet saying that the letter should be passed on to Nico Rosberg. The other was a tweet from Georg Nolte, one of the members of Nico Rosberg’s management team, who called my post a, “fantastic & emotional letter.”

My mouth dropped open (thankfully, I’ve finished my waffle). The letter was literally one person away from Nico Rosberg himself. I thanked Mr. Nolte for taking the time to read it and then cheekily added that I hoped Nico Rosberg would be able to see it. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, right? I thanked the rest of the Twitter people (tweeps?) who took the time to tweet me about the letter and then closed the app, ready to go about the rest of my Saturday.

When I got home, I flicked through my new interactions and saw a “Nico Rosberg” among them. To be honest, my first thought was, “Oh look, a fake account pretending to be Rosberg read my blog post.” But then, I quickly scanned the rest of my mentions and saw all the extreme reactions and OMGs. Wait, could it be that THAT was the real, actual Nico Rosberg? I rechecked the tweet and stared at it for a full minute. Yes, yes, it was the Nico Rosberg with the blue tick.

I put my phone down for a moment and took deep breaths.

The 2016 Formula One World Champion actually took the time to read my open letter to him. Nico Rosberg actually laid eyes on my blog. Holy cow. Holy guacamole. How cool is that?!

While of course I was unbelievably pleased that the letter somehow reached its intended recipient (only 2 months after it’s been published!), a part of me got quite embarrassed at the thought of Nico Rosberg actually reading about my F1 ramblings and real feelings about him. I mean, this isn’t exactly a mainstream racing blog; who would’ve thought a legit racing driver, let alone THE reigning World Champion, would deign to even lay eyes on it? I remember covering my face with my hands and groaning out loud, wishing I took more time to polish it and make it…better. Yes, that’s me, always the overthinker. After a while though, I decided to let it be and just let go of my doubts. Shake it off, shake it off.

When at last I regained a semblance of composure, I finally replied to his tweet, thanked him for reading it and asked him to come visit my country, anytime he wants.

As soon as Rosberg sent that tweet, my blog hits and views have risen steadily. I’ve gotten lots of kind comments on Twitter, especially from the legit Rosberg fans who seem to be genuinely happy for me (they’re a good bunch). Though a part of me expected to get some trolling comments, none have been made so far (whew).

While it’s not exactly a huge, life-changing moment, that incident became quite a bright spot in my recent life and I still smile whenever I think about it.

So for the nth time, I would like to thank the random strangers who decided that my open letter was worth reading and sharing. I still can’t fathom what made Nico Rosberg check it out but I will always be grateful for that act of graciousness. Even if he never got to see my letter, my sentiments remain the same and I mean every single word I wrote. I am honestly humbled and overwhelmed by the response I got and the replies that I’m still getting. I suppose the best way for me to truly express my gratitude is to remain as authentic as I can be, which means that my F1 rants, raves and snark will continue to grace my Twitter timeline and this blog will be kept alive as long as I still watch sports.

For anyone else out there who wants to write and share what they feel–whether it’s F1-related or not–my advice is to go for it. Do not underestimate the power and magic of your thoughts and feelings. Go for it with all the humor, optimism, and enthusiasm that you can possibly give.

Serendipity is everywhere and sooner or later, it’s bound to find you.



(P.S. Just in case you’re lurking Nico, let me know when you’re coming to Manila!)


If You Can’t Pass Them, Tweet Them: Racers On Twitter.


Racers, Pilots, Drivers, Riders, Speedsters–whatever you choose to call them, they have been pecked by that naughty blue bird and have drifted their way towards the Twitterverse:

Are they motormouths or cool cruisers? Are they a gas or do their wits run out of steam? What pushes their buttons? What did they just have for dinner? Well, there’s only one way for you to find out–Click away!


Jaime Alguersuari-

Keith Amor-

John Andretti-

Marco Andretti-

Hector Barbera-

Alvaro Bautista-

Troy Bayliss-

Loris Baz-

Ana Beatriz-

Jorg Bergmeister-

Enrique Bernoldi-

Khalil Beschir-

Jules Bianchi-

Jeroen Bleekemolen-

Ryan Briscoe-

Josh Brookes-

Kyle Busch-

Jenson Button-

Sebastian Buemi-

Shane Shakey Byrne-

Leon Camier-

Ricky Cardus-

Ricky Carmichael-

Helio Castroneves-

Johnny Cecotto Jr.-

Karun Chandhok-

Jan Charouz-

Carlos Checa-

Dan Clarke-

Ben Collins-

Michael Conway-

Cal Crutchlow-

Jerome D’Ambrosio-

Anthony Davidson-

Chaz Davies-

Pedro Dela Rosa-

Randy de Puniet-

Lucas DiGrassi-

Paul DiResta-

Scott Dixon-

Robert Doornbos-

Andrea Dovizioso-

Colin Edwards-

Casper Elgaard-

James Ellison-

Aleix Espargaro-

Augusto Farfus-

Nico Ferreira-

Sarah Fisher-

Dario Franchitti-

Marino Franchitti-

Oliver Gavin-

Jeff Gordon-

Robby Gordon-

Timo Glock-

Romain Grosjean-

Esteban Gutierrez-

Liz Halliday-

Lewis Hamilton-

Nicolas Hamilton-

Joey Hand-

Leon Haslam-

Nicky Hayden-

Roger Hayden-

Nick Heidfeld-

Bryan Herta-

JR Hildebrand-

Tommy Hill-

James Hinchcliffe-

Mikko Hirvonen-

Alex Hoffman-

John Hopkins-

Ron Hornaday-

Rob Huff-

Nico Hulkenberg-

Ryan Hunter-Reay-

Jasper Iwema-

Neel Jani-

Nabil Jeffri-

Jimmie Johnson-

Michel Jourdain-

Julien Jousse-

Pierre Kaffer-

Kasey Kahne-

Tony Kanaan-

Narain Karthikeyan-

Tom Kimber-Smith-

Heikki Kovalainen-

Nicolas Lapierre-

Eugene Laverty-

Michael Laverty-

Dan Linfoot-

Alex Lloyd-

Patrick Long-

Jorge Lorenzo-

Sam Lowes-

Lucas Luhr-

Pastor Maldonado-

Leo Mansell-

Marc Marquez-

Kosuke Matsuura-

Perry McCarthy-

Gary McCoy-

Taylor McKenzie-

Allan McNish-

Marco Melandri-

Andy Meyrick-

Kevin Mirocha-

Tiago Monteiro-

Juan Pablo Montoya-

Mario Moraes-

Johnny Mowlem-

Dirk Mueller-

Bernard Munster-

Ryan Newman-

Fonsi Nieto-

Pablo Nieto-

Kenny Noyes-

Diego Nunes-

Joan Olive-

João Paulo Oliveira-

Tom Onslow-Cole-

Lucas Ordonez-

Mads Ostberg-

Gary Paffett-

Olivier Panis-

Max Papis-

Danica Patrick-

Sergio Perez-

Vitaly Petrov-

Nelson Piquet Jr.-

Andrew Pitt-

Antonio Pizzonia-

Jason Plato-

Will Power-

Andy Priaulx-

Harold Primat-

Martin Prokop-

Graham Rahal-

Luis Razia-

Gino Rea-

Jonathan Rea-

Scott Redding-

David Reutimann-

Tuka Rocha-

Nico Rosberg-

Valentino Rossi-

James Rossiter-

Patrick Sandell-

Takuma Sato-

Tomas Scheckter-

Bruno Senna-

Julian Simon-

Allan Simonsen-

Bradley Smith-

Guy Smith-

Andy Soucek-

Petter Solberg-

Scott Speed-

Ben Spies-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-

Marlon Stockinger-

Jonathan Summerton-

Rafael Suzuki-

Alex Tagliani-

Yuki Takahashi-

Nico Terol-

Paul Tracy-

Martin Truex Jr.-

Darren Turner-

Davide Valsecchi-

Giedo Van der Garde-

Pål Varhaug-

Chris Vermeulen-

Stalker Chris Walker-

Danny Webb-

Mark Webber-

Richard Westbrook-

James Westmoreland-

Dan Wheldon-

Robert Wickens-

Justin Wilson-

Alex Wurz-

Gustavo Yacaman-

Sakon Yamamoto-

Roger Yasukawa-




Jean Alesi-

Mario Andretti-

Alex Barros-

Mark Blundell-

Martin Brundle-

Christian Fittipaldi-

Emerson Fittipaldi-

Johnny Herbert-

Alex Hoffman-

Nigel Mansell-

Perry McCarthy-

Jeremy McWilliams-

Sir Stirling Moss-

Kyle Petty-

Kevin Schwantz-

Ari Vatanen-

Alex Yoong-

Alex Zanardi-



I know I’ve missed loads of racers still. So, if you know of any other Official Twitter accounts, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the list immediately. Thank you!

If You Can’t Beat Them, Tweet Them: Footballers on Twitter.


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From the famous to the infamous to the downright inconspicuous (on and off the pitch), the Twitterverse has now been invaded by football players of all colors, shapes and sizes. They are here to stay, so go on, and don’t fight the urge to send them your best bit of banter/adulation in the space of 140 characters.

Why did I compile their accounts? So you didn’t have to.

Active Players:


Mehdi Abeid-

Charlie Adam-

Freddy Adu-

Sergio Aguero-

Marc Albrighton-

Paco Alcacer-

Thiago Alcantara-

Diego Alonso-

Marcus Alonso-

Mikel Alonso-

Xabi Alonso-

Dani Alves-

Fernando Amorebieta-

Bruno Andrade-

Nicolas Anelka-

Juan Pablo Angel-

Nadine Angerer-

Cesar Arzo-

Alvaro Arbeloa-

Gai Asulin-

Peter Aylmer-



Ryan Babel-

Edgar Badia-

Javier Balboa-

Ever Banega-

Elyaniv Barda-

Karen Bardsley-

Joey Barton-

Sebastien Bassong-

James Beattie-

Alejandro Bedoya-

Yossi Benyaoun-

Darren Bent-

Ryan Bertrand-

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov-

Dexter Blackstock-

Carlos Bocanegra-

Veronica Boquete-

Aly Borromeo-

John Bostock-

Bobby Boswell-

Reece Brown-

Titus Bramble-

Alex Bruno-

Edson Buddle-

Nacho Buenache-

Diego Buonanotte-

Maor Buzaglo-



Yohan Cabaye-

Tim Cahill-

Sergio Canales-

Fabio Cannavaro-

Joaquin Cañas-

Nacho Cases-

Joan Capdevilla-

Juan Carlos-

Roberto Carlos-

Jose Maria Cases-

Andre Castro-

Julio Cesar-

Giorgio Chiellini-

Simon Church-

Tom Cleverley-

Billy Clifford-

Jordi Codina-

Carlton Cole-

Tino Costa-

Lee Croft-

Carlos Cuellar-

Ivan Cuellar-



Stephen Darby-

Jesse Darko-

Charlie Davies-

Curtis Davies-

Kevin Davies-

Scott Davies-

David Davis-

Jermaine Defoe-

David De Gea-

Alessandro Del Piero-


Lisa Devanna-

Sylvain Distin-

Dwayne De Rosario-

Alejandro Dominguez-

Alvaro Dominguez-

Maribel Dominguez-

Ryan Donk-

Landon Donovan-

Michael Doughty-

Shane Duffy-

Ed Dzeko-



Robert Earnshaw-

Emmanuel Eboue-

Nathan Eccleston-

Maurice Edu-

Neil Etheridge-

Jose Enrique-

Jonny Evans-

Patrice Evra-



Luis Fabiano-

Cesc Fabregas-

Ibrahim Farah-

Anton Ferdinand-

Rio Ferdinand-

Suso Fernandez-

Jon Flanagan-

Steven Fletcher-

Andreu Fontas-

Diego Forlan-

Jake Forster-Caskey-

Robbie Fowler-

Ryan Fredericks-

Emmanuel Frimpong-



Daniel Leon Gabbidon-

Sam Gainford-

Jorge Garcia Torre-

Gary Gardner-

Shay Given-

Diego Godin-

Henok Goitom-

Daniel Gomez-

Hercules Gomez-

Jonas Gonçalves-


Esteban Granero-

John Guidetti-

Chris Gunter-


Brad Guzan-



John Heitinga-

Marcel Henry-Francis-

Pablo Hernandez-

Ander Herrera-

Gonzalo Higuain-

Scott Hircombe-

Stuart Holden-

Matt Holland-

Aaron Holloway-

Tom Huddlestone-

Nacho Huertas-

David Hunt-



Andres Iniesta-

Emiliano Insua-



Jordan Jackson-

Nathaniel Jarvis-

Frankie Jay-

Jermaine Jenas-

Raul Jimenez-

Miles John-

Adam Johnson-

Gethin Jones-

Glen Johnson-

Brad Jones-

Jake Jones-

Rafa Jorda-

Bojan Jorgacevic-



Tasha Kai-


Kei Kamara-

Dekel Keinan-

Martin Kelly-

Harry Kewell-

Joshua King-

Sacha Kljestan-

Vincent Kompany-

Leon Knight-

Bojan Krkic-

Dirk Kuyt-



Eric Lamela-

Lucas Leiva-

Aaron Lennon-

Aaron Lescott-

Fernando Llorente-

Angel Lopez-

David Lopez-

Alberto Lora-

Lee Lucas-

David Luiz-

Jordan Lussey-



Shaun MacDonald-

Michel Macedo-

Florent Malouda-

Ivan Marcano-

Eric Martin-

Javier Martinez-

Sergio Martinez-

Juan Mata-

Chris Mavinga-

Jay McEveley-

Steven McGarry-

John Meades-

Neil Mellor-

Felipe Melo-

Alvaro Morata-

Adam Morgan- https//

Bryn Morris-

Fabrice Muamba-

Iker Muniain-




Samir Nasri-

Louisa Necib-

Gary Neville-

Phil Neville-

Lee Nguyen-

Nacho Novo-



Marvin Ogunjimi-

Jamie O’Hara-

Alberto Olmedo-

Oguchi Onyewu-

Tommy O’Sullivan-

Michael Owen-



Dani Pacheco-

Fernando Pacheco-

Dani Parejo-

Jamie Paterson-

Marc Pelosi-

Kris Penny-

Kristoffer Peterson-

Steven Pienaar-

Kevin Pietersen-

Gerard Pique-

Robert Pires-

Lukas Podolski-

Chris Pontius-

James Poole-

Darren Purse-

Carles Puyol-





Sergio Ramos-

Aaron Ramsey-

Pepe Reina-

Koke Resurreccion-

Jose Antonio Reyes-

Micah Richards-

Rohan Ricketts-

Ali Riley-

John Arne Riise-

Hector Rodas-

Jadson Rodrigues-

Alejandro Rodriguez-

Pedro Rodriguez-

Toni Rodriguez-

Jack Rodwell-


Cristiano Ronaldo-

Wayne Rooney-

Manuel Rosales-

Danny Rose-

Tomas Rosicky-

Giuseppe Rossi-




Louis Saha-

Bruno Saltor-

Toto Salvio-

Jordan Santiago-

CJ Sapong-

Jonathan dos Santos-

Robbie Savage-

Lotta Schelin-

Kasper Schmeichel-

Alex Scott-

Caroline Seger-

Gilverto Silva-

Danny Simpson-

Bradley Simmonds-

Christine Sinclair-

Kelly Smith-

Wesley Sneijder-

Kike Sola-

Roberto Soldado-

Raheem Sterling-

Jordan Stewart-

Wojciech Szczesny-

Luis Suarez-



Kevin Thomson-

Fernando Torres-

Miguel Torres-

Roger Torres-

Sean Tse-

Matt Tubbs-

Blair Turgott-





Victor Valdes-

Antonio Valencia-

Rafael Van der Vaart-

Gregory Van der Wiel-

Ruud Van Nistelroy-

Robin Van Persie-

James Vaughan-

Alvaro Vazquez-

Frederic Veseli-

Thomas Vermaelen-

David Villa-



Reece Wabara-

Stephen Warnock-

Vladimir Weiss-

John Welsh-

Theo Wharton-

Ellen White-

Faye White-

Alex Whittle-

Ashley Williams-

Jack Wilshere-

Michael Wilson-

Luke Woodland-





Josh Yorwerth-

James Younghusband-

Phil Younghusband-



Pablo Zabaleta-



Retired Players:

John Aldridge-

Mark Bosnich-

Mark Bright-

Santiago Cañizares-

Stan Collymore-

Kenny Dalglish-

Paul Dalglish-

Lee Dixon-

Iain Dowie-

Jason Euell-!/jasoneuell

John Hartson-!/JohnHartson10

Shaka Hislop-

Chris Kamara-

Nigel Martyn-

Neil Mellor-

Pedro Nieto-

Richie Partridge-


Mick Rathbone-

Jamie Redknapp-

Mark Robinson-


Peter Schmeichel-

David Seaman-

Gareth Southgate-

Ian Taylor-

Phil Thompson-



Did I miss anyone? Leave a comment and I’ll update the list as soon as possible. Thanks!