I am a micropoet, one of the many pioneers of poetry on Twitter. I write using modern forms of Japanese poetry, such as haiku, senryu, and tanka. With the advent of social networks, poetry has once again become a social experience, interactive in a way that was not possible in the time of Basho.
The best way to experience the social experience of micropoetry on Twitter is to get in there, find the poets through a search of micropoetry #hashtags, and read what we write. You don't have to be a poet to take part in the community. When you find a poet or a poem that you like, feel free to retweet (RT) their words.. it is how we mingle in our community. It is how we show admiration and respect for each other. Many, many talented poets tweet their poetry every day in a virtual stream of words. And we are friends as well, learning from each other, supporting each other in a way that would not be possible without the medium of Twitter..
Twitter is the electronic pond of Basho's day, and it's jumping with words. When I read Ed Bremson's haiku below, I could not help but think of where we're going: