You’re probably here because you clicked on the link in my Twitter profile. Perhaps you’d like to know what you’re getting into when you hit that ‘Follow’ or perhaps you just clicked through because you were curious about what could possibly be on the other side of that link.
So, who are you, anyway?
I’m sometimes known as ‘Brinstar’ online, but offline it’s ‘Regina.’ I’m a gamer with a blog and some opinions. You can find out more about me on the ‘About‘ page of this blog or on my personal website. Like many people, the online persona I choose to project on the internet is probably a bit different from what I am really like in-person. Everyone makes decisions about what they post on Twitter or anywhere online. Words on the internet don’t fully capture what someone is like as a person, and an online persona is necessarily incomplete. To truly know the difference between the two, you’d probably have to meet me and get to know me in-person.
What can I expect you to tweet about?
The ‘About’ page on this blog briefly mentions some of the things that interest me. In more detail, I tweet about:
- Videogames and videogame culture
- Tech culture
- Social technology and media
- Other media, such as films, television, books, etc.
- The media
- Current events
- Anti-oppression and oppression
- Sexism and misogyny
- Gender issues
- Other types of oppression against marginalised groups of people (i.e. transmisogyny, cissexism, monosexism, ableism, sizeism, etc.)
- Social injustice
- My daily life
- How I feel about all of the above
- Other stuff
My opinions may fall outside of your personal comfort zone or you may disagree with them. What I post may be controversial according to your personal standards. In some ways I have an idealistic view of the world. I believe things can and should be better. This means that I may get upset, sad, angry, annoyed, pissed off, etc.—about things that I believe are wrong in the world. At the same time, I can be pretty cynical because I do see so much injustice. When I read about all the terrible things going in in the world, I will occasionally post about it and may express how I feel about it. Sometimes this includes ranting. When I express my feelings about something, know that, like any other person, I’m showing you one mood, which is just one aspect of my personality.
What don’t you tweet about?
My Twitter account is a personal account. It is not a company Twitter account. I generally don’t tweet in detail about work-related subjects. Sometimes I want to let my Twitter friends know what I’m up to, just like any other person who has a life and wants to let her friends know what is going on in her life. Occasionally, I might post links that were previously posted on my company’s blog or websites, or generally promote work-related activities and events. In general, any work-related questions or inquiries should go through official channels and not through my personal Twitter account. This means I won’t be conducting work business or making any official company announcements on my personal accounts and websites. All statements and opinions made on my Twitter account (or any of my personal websites) are my own and do not represent the views or policies of my employer. If my company has anything to say, it will not be on my Twitter account, but on their official website and other official channels.
Although my Twitter account is not for work, I also don’t post too many details about my personal life. I value having a certain amount of privacy. As is true with everyone using social media, whatever I choose to publish about my personal life is generally a calculated decision. This necessarily means that I am providing an incomplete picture of myself via Twitter and via my blog and via any other sort of public facing interaction. That’s just the way things are for anyone who chooses to publish information about their lives on the internet. People make choices of how much to reveal. See again paragraph two of the second question.
Why should I follow you?
I’m not here to convince anyone to follow me. I’m not on Twitter to accumulate followers. If you’re curious about me, about my perspectives, enjoy reading interesting articles, if you’d like to have a conversation with me—those are all valid reasons for following me, but far be it for me to tell anyone why they should or shouldn’t follow me.
If you just want to troll me, don’t even bother following me. I’m not interested in expending energy on conversing with jerks. If you violently disagree with my views, you’re not going to win me over to your perspective by breathlessly arguing with me or abusively restating the same opinion I disagree with in different ways.
Okay, so why are you on Twitter, then?
I created a Twitter account in 2007 because I was curious about the service and what it could develop into. I’ve seen Twitter evolve from a mere status updater to a means of communication and connection. I’m on Twitter because I want to see what people I follow are up to, what they’re interested in, maybe make new friends and contacts, connect with a community of people, and because I want to learn new things.
Why aren’t you following me back?
- There just are too many people to follow. I can’t possibly follow every single person who follows me and keep up with everything. I try to keep the list of people I follow at a manageable level for me. Limiting the number of people I follow is a form of self-care. I do have conversations with people I don’t follow, so even if I don’t follow you, this doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t want to speak to you. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t follow you.
- You’re a spammer.
- You represent a business that I’m not interested in.
- You have a vastly different worldview and we have absolutely nothing else in common.
- Your updates are protected. I can’t get an idea of whether I’d be interested in reading your tweets if I can’t see them.
- I don’t know enough about you to start following you. Send me some @s. Have some conversations with me, and we’ll go from there.
Have people really asked you these questions?
Not in so many words. This was just a convenient format by which to convey information.
I hope this FAQ has been informative and helpful. Maybe even entertaining as well. If it hasn’t been entertaining, you can look at my Tumblr blog, where there may or may not be something entertaining or at least interesting waiting for you on the other side of that link.