Is this a good idea? I don't know yet. Already I'm having trouble deciding what to put on which account, and what to do about the fact that some people are following me on both. I want to post academic/professional stuff to my "personal" mastodon and birdsite accounts, but then some people see them twice.
Sigh. We'll see how this goes.
@chendricks There's also the thing where I want my toots here on mastodon.social to be a little more private, a little harder to find, a little more free for me to be myself even though they could be found by others. I'm both trying to promote Mastodon in general by putting an account on my main website (on the scholar.social instance) and kind of keep it more small and private for myself to speak freely on mastodon.social. Weird balance & not sure will work. #digciz
@chendricks those who follow you both here and over at the bird site are probably literate enough re the use of social media that duplication is not an issue. people will understand
as to being whole and undivided
*thinks about it*
*remembers that I have ten masto accounts for different specific purposes*
I do not think I have anything to say to that
@Sargoth and to have the permission to write what you want where, trying to somehow be different in different places and those who want to see one part can focus on that. Or all of it if they want to take the time.
I tried this before and had one birdsite acct for my classes and one for just me. But as a faculty member I didn't see the need to compartmentalize like that. As almost admin now I feel the need for a more professional persona in one acct & can play in the other.
@chendricks I have two accounts to help me compartmentalize. I consider this one to be my "main" account, and I also have one on a different instance for when I want to talk about video games. While education & games can and do overlap, there are plenty of ways they don't.
I've found those accounts attract different audiences, and I think that means they're working.
@theartguy I agree that that probably means they're working. Right now for me my two accounts are pretty similar. The one one Mastodon.social was my first and I talk to a lot of people working in education over there. This one has a similar purpose though I'm trying to shape it into more of a professional account where I don't talk quite as much about my everyday life and my cats and such as over there. We'll see if it works.
@chendricks I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all answer
I have a few "hats" myself, and I find the separation useful
The Subway Tooter app is good for managing multiple accounts
This is my "main" one, and I find it good to have a "default," but it also took me a bit to figure out what goes where
@wanderingELT @chendricks I have five accounts on different instances and it annoys me. This one is a new one I've just created. I do this because otherwise I feel I won't be able to find people who share some specific interest I have, hence I've an account for Linux-related stuff other for art, etc., but I'd rather concentrate it all in one account.
I think there could be a feature to link accounts from different instances. Don't you think it'd solve some of those problems?
@wanderingELT @chendricks maybe we could suggest it to the guy who created masto. Being more specific, I thought that linked accounts would allow you to receive notifications from all of your accounts in one place, but have discrete "home" timelines, like it happens now. On the plus side, one of the criticisms federated networks receive is that multiple instances make it hard to know if a given account is really the true account of that person. Linked accounts would solve this problem.
@bgcarlisle @wanderingELT @chendricks yes, that's the best solution so far - Amaroq (iOS app for Mastodon) let's you do that too -, but then you have to keep switching from one account to another just to see if something happened there, if someone tagged or answered you and so on. I think account linking would be more useful.