Separate Twitter Accounts

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Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to share my experience using Twitter to "microblog" (whatever that means) about my day
last class but I wanted to share something that I think fits in quite nicely with the article that Jen Rajchel tweeted under the
#netloged255 hastag about the use of your real name on Facebook.

I'm not an avid fan of Twitter but I do have two accounts: one that's personal (and protected) and one that projects a more
"professional image". In fact, my best friend (in a tweet no less) commented on the "proper-ness" of my account. It's interesting
to reflect on why I choose to have two accounts. In my personal account, I follow various popular figures and my friends. The
people who follow me mostly know me personally and I consider it as somewhat of a brain dump. Scrolling through my past tweets,
I see my inner thoughts, inside jokes, and a lot of mean comments. (What does this say about me? I don't even wanna...) However,
my more "professional" account has tweets about my academic interests, tweets from another class I took, and the tweets I wrote
for #netloged255.I don't know the people who follow me personally, nor do I really know much about the people who I follow.

This brings me back to the article that Jen pointed us towards. Both my accounts list my real name in both my description and my
handle. (mirelladeocadiz and leamirella respectively). But each of these accounts reflect a very different part of my life and I
cannot say that either of them reflect "me" more authentically. So in reponse to Facebook's attempt to build a database of people,
I'm inclined to think that that just isn't possible. The sheer fact that we're chained to one account on the social network that, as
an object, reflects a single image of "who we are", seems to contradict the notion that we are multi-dimensional and fractured.
How can we be attached to a singular online identity?

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