Since becoming pregnant, and dealing the concept of not just my personal information but also my impending daughter’s, I’ve been led down a train of thought about splitting out my Twitter stream.
I’ve used Twitter with just one account since I started using it, but I’m starting to realise that as a useful tool I actually need a few accounts, to ensure I don’t screw up the very interesting and useful network I’ve built up over the last year and a half by putting too much out there that’s just not interesting to the vast majority. Also, I don’t really want to share certain personal thoughts with strangers – which some of my 500+ followers are.
It’s not just the pregnancy/impending motherhood either, but previously when people I’ve followed on Twitter go to a conference and then spam their feed with every line/speaker/thought about that conference it’s meant having to unfollow them, and then re-follow them for fear of never hearing anything in my feed from anyone else. When I’ve discussed this with them they’ve reacted by saying yes but others want to hear it. Ok, good – so let’s think about splitting out our streams a bit, let people follow the bits of you they want to (and that you’re happy to share). It’s a free service afterall!
So, I now have:
– my normal account, that has my usual ramblings about life, tech and well, just stuff.
– if I’m ever at a conference or event to do with the digital industry, I’ll be nattering about it here
– this is for people I would consider real life friends only, if you’re one of those and are interested in any baby happenings 🙂 WARNING: I may Twitter some of my labour on here… mwahahahaha… It is the only protected account.
Be interested to hear from others who have split out their Twitter streams and why, in the comments.