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In Defense of Schizophrenia in the Online Workplace

So- I found a great website about working at home.  The articles were informative, relevant and interesting.  I decided to follow the site’s owner on twitter, because there was an icon in the sidebar.

Once I saw her twitter homepage, though, I changed my mind.

Her twitterstream was filled with horrific news stories, not helpful work-at-home information.

It was almost as if she’d tweeted everything she read on CNN that day.  Dead babies, rape, murder, corporate/government interaction and all the other terrible things in the news.

So this lady had an excellent website, but her twitterstream showed an entirely different picture. I wonder if I’m the only one who’s opted out of her network for that reason.  I wonder if CNN is paying her for tweeting everything she reads?  Doesn’t CNN have their own twitter account?

See for yourself:

MyWorkatHomeResources and the owner’s Twitter Account HomeBizPGH

I used to feel silly operating several different twitter accounts for different websites, but I have no reason to believe that any of my readers will have the exact same interests as I do.  In fact, I am sure that some of my writing-related tweets are bothersome to my homeschooling friends.  And I also got a strict talking-to from one of my followers for participating in a twitter-based #blogchat.

So- online Schizophrenia seems to be in order.  Lisa Shea, of Bella Online, has managed to create several twitter identities that keep her name branded while still keeping a consistent stream of content.  For example, her wine-related tweets are separate from her tech-related tweets. There’s no reason to believe that any reader would want both.

So- are you schizophrenic enough online? Maybe you should be.

*Disclaimer; I’m not making fun of people with multiple personality disorders. In fact, to be precise, I don’t even think they’re disorders, but that’s a deep philosophical and spiritual situation that has no place on a writing site 🙂

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