what is this about?
a good website for haikus?
somebody pinch me!

You have found it! A site on the internet that is dedicated specifically to the art and form of the haiku. What is a haiku? It's a short and simple poem that originated in Japan. Traditional haikus usually deal with the seasons, or nature. But it's fun to see what sort of things you can write when you're limited to such a specific number of syllables.

Anyway, here is a more specific definition from Wikipedia.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 Japanese 'on' (a phonetic unit identical to the mora), in three metrical phrases with the number of syllables of 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line) or 'on' respectively, and typically containing a kigo, or seasonal reference. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to equate to the Japanese haiku's three metrical phrases. Previously called hokku, it was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to register an account today (it's free!) and start submitting your own haikus that other people can read and vote on!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register an account to vote?
Nope! Anyone can vote on a haiku, whether you're logged in or not. However, only a registered user can mark a haiku as a favorite (in the case that it's particularly inspiring to you!).

Do I have to register to submit a haiku?
Yes. Fortunately, registering an account is fast, simple, and free! Do it!

How are my haikus licensed?
Hikoo.net uses the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. That means this license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. You retain the rights to your work!

What if something is NOT a haiku?
Simple! If something doesn't seem to be a haiku, or is offensive, inappropriate, or out of line, just hit the "X" link - located just left of the "Submitted by" information found below each haiku. Once you've flagged an entry, we'll take a look at it as soon as possible and determine what to do!

Can I favorite my own haiku?
After much back and forth, we decided that yes, you can favorite your own haiku. Why? Well, maybe you're particularly fond of something that you wrote. Or maybe, you just want to easily keep track of it. Or maybe, you want to game the system and make your haiku appear more popular than it really is! (Actually... this won't really work, since you'll only increase the favorite count by 1.)

What do these symbols mean?
voting symbols
These symbols mean that you can load a random haiku (the arrow circle), add the haiku as a favorite (the star), vote a haiku up (thumbs up) or vote a haiku down (thumbs down). While you can only mark a haiku as a favorite if you're logged in, you can vote for what you think about a certain haiku, regardless of whether you have an account or not!

Can haikus I post on Twitter be automatically added to Hikoo.net?
Yes! First, you need a Hikoo.net account. If you don't have one, register! It's easy! Then you must enter your Twitter user name on the account settings page. Once you've done this, you can now post haikus from Twitter! They must include the "#haiku" hashtag and be formatted as follows:

Line 1 / Line 2 / Line 3 #haiku

Please include the forward slashes with a space on each side, and you are good to go! Your haiku will automatically be added to the Hikoo.net database within a few minutes!

How can I get haikus to automatically be posted to my Facebook profile?
When posting updates as news feed items, you must manually allow Hikoo to publish short stories to your Facebook profile. To do this, visit your authorized applications page (link) and click edit settings next to Hikoo. Select the option to allow Hikoo to publish specific story sizes automatically and select short.
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