Christina Hendricks
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But now, I am starting a new job where I'm in more of an admin position (though I still count as faculty), and I'm going to be much more "visible" at my uni and beyond. I thought there could be some value in having an instance here and on birdsite where people who interact with me purely re: that position could just read stuff about my academic life. They don't have to see pictures of my cats or the aphids on my cherry trees, e.g.


I'd say 'okaaay" to that, a hesitant response.

There's some reservation with that concept because "social" implies something other than "profssional-academic" to me.

If you must segregate, perhaps use different tools for each aspect you want to keep apart.


People wanting to know the "real you" would need to follow all of your personas.

I believe that would be harder for me than I would want it to be.

@Algot Yeah, that's definitely a problem. Though I'm expecting that a lot of people who end up following me related to my new job won't care about getting the whole me. That's more for those who want to connect in a deeper way, like through our conversations on

But I'm already seeing how this is going to be difficult. May or may not continue...


Does your university have a way for you to present yourself to others (social network type of way?)

@Algot Nope. Everyone uses the usual social networks, mostly Twitter and Facebook. I don't use FB, only Twitter and here.


I do follow both of your Mastodon accounts. I don't expect to stop either at this point.

Twitter might be the "better" platform for the professional interactions (because that's currently where the majority of your potential academic contacts probably are).

You can also do much of your longer form work as blog/website pages and use Twitter to provide their links. I see that fairly often.


Should it turn out that Mastodon catches on as an academic platform for the masses, you will have developed skills (as an early adopter) here to prepare you for when they switch.

Twitter adoption by educators was neither quick nor smooth.

Many (most?) are still not "there".

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