OK, I didn’t forget.
Three weeks after starting this blog, it’s dusty as West Robinwood in this piece. (Wait, do we still say that?) Anyway, I’ve been thinking a bit about Twitter personalities…
Twitter is far too much pressure as a young professional. Particularly as a young professional working in journalism. I’ve had my account for three years as some tweetbot reminded me this week. Three years ago, I wasn’t a reporter. I was just a copy editor with a locked account, a few followers and a lot on my mind.
Three years later, I’ve got a noticeable “name” — I’m not a celeb by any means. I’m not a veteran reporter. I’m not even going to put myself on any kind of pedestal here. But when you write a piece or two for a large news outlet that goes viral, people search for you. People want to know if you’re going to keep them just as informed on Twitter as you do in your profession.
In a competitive media environment like mine, everything you say can be held against you. One slip could land you on the competitor’s front page. Open whispers among fellow journalists using your screenname in their mentions are there for an audience. Even worse, the journalism demigods at Poynter could shame you into the abyss of journalistic screw-ups. I don’t want that to happen.
But I’ve been staunch about not being a 24/7 super-media guy on Twitter. Frankly, I’d much rather livetweet award shows, “Braxton Family Values” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” if I could. And I do. Occasionally, “The Game” as well. And shade my high school classmates. Exchange in-jokes with my closest Twitter buddies, give my observations on society and help out those with questions. I’ve made no apologies for it and I’ve even lost a follower or two the morning after I’ve clogged your timelines with what I consider to be witty.
But I don’t want to be seen as some trash-TV junkie who isn’t aware. Being in media gives me a front-row seat…well, maybe two rows back…to the goings-on that keep you functioning in society. Outside of the job (which I’m still not talking about!), I consume a variety of news sources. Newspapers, blogs, magazines…I read everywhere. I read everything. I read the tire industry magazines when I get my tires rotated.
I just choose not to share every link I come across on Twitter. Does that make me a bad person? I would hope not. And no, I’m not trying to justify what I do tweet about. I’m just saying…
“The Game” comes on tonight, by the way.