Poll: Do you display your Twitter feed in your ProZ.com profile?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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dont have time May 19, 2010

for all of these social things in Internet, I have real live friends and why would I put that in my profile as well anyway?
All of my customers are serious and I am always available by mail and mobile.

[Edited at 2010-05-19 12:26 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Ditto. May 19, 2010

Michael Harris wrote:

for all of these social things in Internet, I have real live friends and why would I put that in my profile as well anyway?
All of my customers are serious and I am always available by mail and mobile.

[Edited at 2010-05-19 09:18 GMT]


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lillkakan
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No May 19, 2010

I do use Twitter, but only for personal communication and interaction. It has nothing to do with me as a professional and thus doesn't belong on my Proz.com profile.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No May 19, 2010

I have a friend on LinkedIn who feeds her Twitter and Facebook statuses onto her profile. Honestly, I don't think it looks great, especially as the updates are almost invariably not work-related. I didn't know it was and option here and don't use Twitter, but if I had and did, I still wouldn't!

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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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No May 19, 2010

I don't use Twitter. Should I be using it to boost work options, that sort of thing?

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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No May 19, 2010

I prefer real life.

I don't like to write every 30 minutes I'm going to the bathroom/I'm going to the gym/I'm translating. As a matterof fact, Twitter is not for everyone. I consider it an excess of social networks. Perhaps, there could be someone who finds it useful for his/her work.

I admire so much people with 427 friends in Facebook, particularly, when they read all his/her feedback and his/her friends' feedback, the things written t their walls, et al. I just have 30 friends there and that's too much...


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Irony May 19, 2010

Yaotl Altan wrote:

I prefer real life


...says the person who's chatting with complete strangers on ProZ.


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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I prefer to keep social and professional separate May 19, 2010

I'm on facebook. Which means that people, including possible clients, can find me there.

However, that is my social network. I don't expect to see those posts here, any more than I would post work related items there. My fb posts will not cause you to spit out your coffee while at work; however, they are not intended to be professional, and I would be aghast were they to show up in a professional forum.

Were I to use Twitter, I believe my reaction would be the same: social is not professional.


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Vibeke Degn-P  Identity Verified
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Tweeting what? May 19, 2010

To tweet about the private side of my life is never going to happen. So, as a translater, what can I tweet about?
I belive people would get tired (quickly!) of reading my tweets, saying "Translating. Like I did earlier today. And will be doing later today." As translators we have confidentiality agreements with our clients, so I can't really tweet about something interesting
So here is this hours tweet: "Translating." You have to agree: It will get old rather quick?


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Selective Tweetiness May 19, 2010

Vibeke Degn-Petersen wrote:

as a translater, what can I tweet about?


I'm picky about who I follow on Twitter. The translators I follow often post links to articles or resources of interest, or they discuss the sorts of linguistic or professional issues we discuss on ProZ (but much more concisely, of course).

Yes, there's also some water-cooler chat about "I'm catching up on my invoicing" or "I'm looking forward to my vacation," but that's fine. I don't see many folks who fit the cliché of tweeting about every breath they take. When people do too much of that, I simply unfollow them.

In any case, I don't tweet under my real name, and I don't typically use Twitter for business development. It's mostly for social purposes and for finding out about news stories or issues I might not otherwise know about.

[Edited at 2010-05-19 17:09 GMT]


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes, I do May 19, 2010

Twitter is SOOOO much more than people tweeting about what they're doing (but I guess that depends on who you follow).

I am following a large number of very nice translators who have helped out with advice on various translation-related issues on many occasions. They also post links to interesting articles (not always about the job) and crack jokes. I don't share an office with anyone and it's often comforting to dip into this virtual world and remind yourself that you are not slaving away in front of the computer alone.

I also follow people who tweet about politics. And that has been jolly exciting recently with the elections in the UK and our new political landscape.

I follow various news feeds so I can find out what's happening in the world.

I also follow many charities and causes I am interested in, and learn about petitions I can sign, or emails I can write to try to make a positive difference.

I also follow a few people whose tweets either make me laugh, smile, or consider things from a different perspective.

The Twitter I know is not a bunch of idiots tweeting about what they had for breakfast, it's a group of clever individuals telling you what makes them tick.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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I tried Twitter... May 19, 2010

I tried using Twitter for several months, but never really got the point. I could never think of anything to say, and it seems as if there's no feedback to speak of. It just seemed kind of lonely and claustrophobic to me.

Facebook, on the other hand, is completely different, and to me at least, a great way to make both personal and business contacts. I wouldn't link it to my ProZ profile, though, because my FB profile is such a mix, but is mostly personal. As for having loads of friends on FB, I have quite a few, but I only have a select number in my newsfeed. If I read everyone's updates, it would take me all day!

So, I stopped using Twitter and will probably just let it lapse. It automatically cancels itself after six months if you don't use it at all.


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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i have facebook and that's enough May 20, 2010

I have no real use for twitter...and very few of my facebook friends are other translators. I also don't like having work slop over into my personal life. I'm kind of a private person, it's just no one's business what I'm doing every minute of my life. However, have joined some translator and work based groups on facebook and they are useful.

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Estelle Demontrond-Box  Identity Verified
Australia
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Giving it a go! Jun 7, 2010

I agree with Nikki... I think that unfortunately, sometimes, these networks are stereotyped and I have just decided to give it a go. Not to give details of my somewhat "boring" life behind the keyboard but rather to catch up with news, get links to interesting articles, be connected to people, etc... I will keep you posted!

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