In 140 characters, Family Inequality’s Twitter mission statement:
Provide a high quality stream of news, links and commentary for the readers Family Inequality serves, without wasting too much of their time
These are the guidelines:
- Aim for about 4 tweets per day (some are automatic links to new blog posts).
- Keep the raw retweets down to about 10% of the total. If you wanted to read someone else’s tweets, you’d follow them. Used in moderation, however, retweets are a good way to suggest new accounts to follow.
- Keep to the topics covered on the blog: family sociology and news, inequality news and information, related politics, sociology discipline issues, and my personal opinions on those topics.
- Avoid extended personal chit-chat on the public stream; mostly use direct replies.
- Avoid tweeting a lot while intoxicated (especially if it seems like a great idea).
- Be polite and respectful, although the medium requires bluntness.
- Only direct personal criticism at public figures.
These guidelines are subject to change. Please feel free to make suggestions.
From the Twitter archive, these are the Twitter accounts I have mentioned most:
Note in some cases the text here doesn’t exactly match the handle; since Wordle breaks words at punctuation, I had to remove the internal punctuation (for example in @Amy_Harmon or @Omar_Lizardo).