I was reminded of this topic from my high school daughter. She was talking to a friend of hers and she saw my profile on twitter. “The friend” as we will call her for simplicity sake, saw one of my tweets and dug into my profile. “The friend was amazed to see that I was following several people and had, what she thought was a large following. (7,500 + ) people following back.
“The friend” was considering following me on Twitter. However as “The friend” looked at more tweets she became dismayed because most of the tweets centered around work and marketing. “The friend” told my daughter that even though it might be cool to follow one of her friend’s parents, she just couldn’t do it because she knew work tweets and marketing tweets would get old in a hurry.
This story show us that people everywhere are listening and if we have a consistent message, even an audience like kids will see and can decide for themselves whether this information is worth following for them.
I applaud “The friend” for taking time to really think about whether to follow a person and what they really stand for. Very mature for a person on Twitter.
Of course people should tweet. I don’t think kids under high school age need to tweet, but someone could probably prove me wrong here.
It also points to a real ethics question. Really think about what you are going to tweet before you hit the send button. You never know who may be following you or searching for you on Twitter. Keep your information G-rated as much as you can.
If you have a son or daughter, and they or their friends are on twitter, ask them what they think about your presence on Twitter, it may be a good way to see if you are sending a “consistent message” to people of all ages.