Twitter FAQ

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.

Who are you?

I’m sometimes known as ‘Brinstar’ online, but offline it’s ‘Regina.’ I am a person who plays videogames who also has a blog and 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 personality I project may be different from what I am like in-person. Everyone makes decisions about what they post on online. Words on the internet don’t fully capture what someone is like as a person, so an online persona is necessarily incomplete.

What can I expect you to tweet about?

The ‘About’ page on this blog and my Twitter profile both mention things that interest me.

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, 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. 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.

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.

How do I interact with you without coming across as creepy?

This is mostly for dudes. Check out this article which has great advice for interacting with women on Twitter.

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.

I’m not interested in expending energy on conversing with hate-followers. 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 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 or if I unfollow 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.

In conclusion…

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, and maybe you might find something interesting there.