Twitter personality

I don’t get to many Twitter gatherings, or tweet ups, because they’re often held in the evening when my husband works. I stay home with the girls, we have one vehicle, and the planets have to align correctly for me to attend. I’m working out ways to attend more.
My observation about tweetups (without going into about how they always seem to revolve around food): Twitter is an opportunity to be two things: who you are and who you are not. It’s an opportunity to create an image that is larger than life. Or it’s an opportunity to be yourself, foibles and all.
I choose the latter. I might post an old photo of me surfing, but, I do so because I am still that surfer girl and gosh darn it I’m only one size away from that swim suit. But I’ve met people at tweetups who are self-created master-of-the-universe effigies on Twitter but pretty insignificant in real life (IRL). Good manners keeps me from saying out loud, ‘So that’s it?”
As you get involved in social media, you’ll find the lines between personal and professional lives blur. You become a vessel of interaction for your employer, you are a “real” person on its behalf, you become a go-to person for those who have questions about your company or industry. And at the same time you also preserve and promote your own personality or brand on Twitter: I cook, I like to work out, I ride my bicycle (in the dining room lately), I heal from a burst Achilles tendon. I’m a mom, I’m a bus rider, I’m a Weight Watcher, I’m a wife. I’m a friend. All of these things are who I am on Twitter. That and an employee of HMSA, pro health care reform, pro Obama, pro let’s figure out how Hawaii and HMSA can help Hawaii become the healthiest state.
I don’t get being afraid of social media, but I’m willing to listen, and show people who might intimidated,  how to get involved. I also don’t get Facebook Farmville or Mafia Wars. I grew up in New Jersey. We don’t need no stinkin’ pretend Mafia.

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. This post so made me laugh, this is exactly how I feel about tweet ups! I like you folks on twitter the way I imagine you in my head thank you very much. Also the first tweet up I ever went to someone tried to pitch me a pyramid scheme, so that kind of killed it for me. Also the word tweeps and tweet up and twitvite all make me cringe (don’t get me started on twedding) so yeah, I can’t possibly write those on my schedule with out hating myself at least a little bit.

  2. Ah, come on @Lavagal & @metromixAC. The upcoming #WhiteTwedding2010 is a remarkable and beautiful Twitter/Social Media love story. Lighten up and enjoy it. — @gerGnesdunK

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