Finally joined Twitter
After a billion people joined Twitter I finally decided it was time for me to check it out. I have yet to write a Twitter post but I intend to do so at some point soon. I am a bit intimidated by the obvious advanced culture of tagging that will require me to understand the etiquette and policy for jacking into a discussion. In general I think Twitter may be more my style these days given the hectic schedules with the kids and the start-up. I have been doing the frequent facebook status update so I have some idea of what a tweet is. It is a big risk for me to do such things since I tend to do them in moments when I am not in meetings. This generally falls into times like "crossing streets" or "driving between meetings". So I will have to be careful to not Twitter myself to death if I ever get into doing such updates on a regular basis. At Recombinant we are starting to get rolling to output a blog and engage in thought leadership. It is proving tricky to get momentum to say much since in healthcare we have been infected with the natural fear of being perceived as cavalier that comes with the responsibility of holding onto private medical information. I think in many ways this has caused me (along with Madeline and Zach) to be very bad about writing blog posts when as a person involved in less sombre matters I felt more free to communicate.
There is this awful unfortunate nature to the Internet and public broadcast of thoughts relating to the work / private life mix. I generally don't want to have to adulterate my private lifestyle in order to be perceived the right way in my work. But there is no easy way to avoid someone who is looking (not that there are that many folks) at my bio from a work perspective from quickly switching gears into looking in the content I write about my home life and thoughts about it. So being in a role where I might be judged (sales, marketing, consulting) there are risks to communicating about my life. So I have resorted to mainly flowing pictures through Flickr about the kids. It isn't quite as fulfilling or cathartic as writing out a full set of thoughts and sharing them with those friends interested in reading but it seems safe provided I appropriately delete pictures that might be considered to be a poor choice to be shared. Maybe as I get older I'll go back to caring less and having more time to think and write.
Anyways - My twitter name is "danhousman". I'll probably get into it for a while and then move on to the next thing.