Monday, May 25, 2009

My Mom Is On Twitter

If you asked me 6 months ago if my mother would ever get into social networking, I would have said no, particularly based on the Facebook Incident.

This morning, I got a notice from Twitter that my mom is following me. Her one and only tweet to date involves her great love: Revolutionary War re-enacting. Apparently 14 hours ago, she was rolling black powder cartridges for firing the cannon for a Memorial Day ceremony. This would most likely have involved a Civil War era cannon, but my parents are also part of two cannon crews in New England from that era.

My first reaction to hearing my mom was on Twitter was a full on, "Good for her!" It's great to know that she's trying something new, and maybe she'll meet other re-enactors on Twitter. Then comes a thought: do I now need to censor what I'm tweeting? After a few moments of consideration I realize, I never tweet anything I wouldn't want a potential boss to see, and so I think I'm fine with my mother seeing that.

It's strange to think how far I've come when I first had a diary-style blog and I wrote some things that my whole miniature hometown started reading, and someone with my aunt's IP address began leaving seriously nasty comments... I suppose I'm happy I was burned a long time ago, before Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter, so I think I'm a little more careful than most people. I use my own name on all my writing now, because I know that someone will always figure out who I am. I see people who hide behind anonymity as cheaters, free to jeer and threaten without consequences.

Which is why I'm glad that my mom chose her own name for her Twitter account. (Well, the user name is a combo of family initials, but it shows up under her own name.) So, maybe there will be some Hi Mom tweets from me. If you're interested in learning about re-enacting (or even want to join up!) feel free to say hi: @sjkecrh.

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