I know that some of you have been very good at resisting the siren song of The Twitters. I have pretty much turned right into the rocks.
Not that I'm tweeting 24/7 or anything. My tweets are primarily:
(1) Links to my new blog posts, when I manage to get it together to write new blog posts.
(2) Retweets of good stuff others have tweeted, especially links to pieces that I want to reread more carefully later.
(3) Passing thoughts about my job, my kids, my commute, or whatever.
(4) Occasionally, live-notes from a conference session I'm attending.
(5) Playing along with hashtag games (e.g., the recent #ReplaceLoveWithSoup).
My tweets, generally speaking, involve much less time and thought than my blog posts, and they are frequently more silly and/or smart alecky.
But here's the thing:
I've been picking up Twitter followers, as one does. Some of them are actually pretty famous and well-respected people in fields upon which my work (not just my blogging-work, but my actual professorial research/teaching/service-work) touch. Some of them are pretty famous and well-respected people in my home discipline. Also, not that it necessarily matters (but I can't rule out the possibility that it might), some of these famous-folks are a generation or two older than me.
... and now there's something like the possibility of meeting some of these famous-folk in real life (say, at a professional meeting) and having their primary information about me at that moment come from my tweets. And it's hard to anticipate how famous scientists and philosophers feel about replacing love with soup.
Or to know whether it should matter to me.
Are any of you in a similar situation? Does it influence how you tweet? Have you decided that your Twitter followers deserve what they get from your tweet-stream?