Where does Twitter fit into your social profile?
Today I was having a discussion with a colleague (and contributor to this blog) about Twitter.
Twitter is one of the strangest of the social networks. While it is true that the micro-interactions of 140 characters can add up to a personality, not all posts become part of them.
Here’s the point: I’ve posted on Twitter 5,848 times. Those posts would add up to me, but no one has read all of those posts. So no one has the complete me (true, this isn’t the complete me, but you get the point).
But back to our discussion: I’ve been thinking a lot about social media policies. Our conversation turned to the whole “The views expressed on this blog are mine and not those of the company that pays me”. This is protection for both of us: I’m not the spokesperson for EMA, and EMA doesn’t want me to speak for them.
So the question is: should there be a “views expressed here” on Twitter?
Is Twitter enough of a place to even have views? The answer is yes, but it is more complicated. I remember a couple of years ago, a client was concerned about a Twitter feed from one of their employees. The person was the feed was a democrat, and they used their feed to post about how much they hated John McCain. In between posts about the company where inflammatory posts about the truthiness of Mr. McCain.
Twitter’s 160 character bio doesn’t leave a lot of room for personality, and for the “views expressed here” message.
So what do you think? Should a Twitter feed explain that the views there, the thousands of 140 character thoughts are the thoughts of the person and not the company?
- How to Use Twitter Effectively (theworkathomewife.com)