The privacy and publicness problem.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth


Interesting look at the problems of keeping your personal life hidden away from your online presence:

Last week, I lunched with different former coworkers (yes, I keep friends from every job I’ve ever had!) who told me there was no evidence online that I was still married. They actually wondered if I was getting divorced because of the lack of references to my husband. They found a mention or two on Twitter or elsewhere that I have children, but nothing about my husband.

The discussion in the comments is well worth a look.

I have my own variation on that issue: my wife likes to keep a low-to-invisible social media profile, which means that my own image online is a curiously lop-sided version of whom I am in reality. And the arrival of Hazel has complicated things further, because I want to post about her, like any doting Dad, but I also have to be mindful of my wife’s feelings.

My family and friends are divided into two pretty clear camps – those who use social media and those who don’t. Some of the people closest to me are the ones in the latter camp. If nothing else, this illustrates that a social media-focused publishing approach will only reach a subset of the population…

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.