Posted by: jt | July 24, 2009

a carnival of idiots on show, you’d better lie low

I am annoyed. Hard. Core. Annoyed.

A couple of weeks ago, I ended up quite inadvertently Twittering an event sponsored by my place of work. Based on that stream of Twitterhea, I ended up with ~10 new followers. Having recently sat through a board (honestly, typo: bored) meeting in which The Powers That Claim To Be decried the dangers of “Tweeter,” I decided to offer a bit of evidence that OH MY GOD, THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE ANTICHRIST AND MIGHT BE A USEFUL MARKETING TOOL.

I deleted the links to my account, edited out any times I had Jesus fucking, and sent the Twitter stream to the relevant people in my office, explaining that I am on Twitter anonymously and will remain as such. I thought I made it quite clear that Twitter is my private space and is not connected to my work life.

Apparently this was not so clear.

One of my co-workers immediately began following me and after a couple of days of thought, I blocked him and locked my account. Since then, I’ve received two – two – requests from my place of work to follow me. Obviously, I’ve declined them both.

I’m also annoyed because I feel like this space is now corrupted, since I link here from my Twitter account.

It’s not that I post anything on the web that would, could, or even should get me fired. Hell, I don’t even have anything that would fit that category at this point. Sure, I have my annoyances with my job, but everyone does and mine aren’t particularly concerning.

I actually sent the link to this blog to my former boss while she was still my boss, mostly because she and I share a sense of humor and I thought she’d enjoy some of what I post here. (And she’s a good friend and I trust her with the personal content here.) I’m not hiding anything. I blog openly enough and my writing style is distinctive enough that, if you know me or much about me, it’s quite clear who I am.

That’s not the point.

This is a place where I try not to censor myself. Much. There’s nothing here that’s detrimental in any capacity, but there’s a lot here that’s personal. I don’t need people I supervise or who supervise me knowing the inner workings of my brain unless I choose to share them.

That’s my issue – this space is non-anonymous on my terms.

Or it was.

We’ll see.

I’ve toyed around with abandoning this space and setting up shop with a blog that I could let my family read as well, which would definitely mean more self-censorship, but it would alleviate the feeling that I’m hiding something from people that I care about…And all of this is pretty moot anyway until I recover from moving and have enough money to, oh, get my laptop fixed so I can write outside of work.

Blarg.

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Responses

  1. Oh so my job is not the only place where they call it “Tweeter!” Good to know!

  2. Also about your laptop. This is probably a stupid question and you have probably already checked, but just in case – have you asked if they will fix it for free? The Apple Store fixed mine for free -I don’t know why, but I didn’t complain!


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