Twitter chat personas

Say cheese

I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways of interacting, or not, on Twitter this week, and I’ve come up with a rough list of types of engagement in Twitter conversations:

  • Academic:  adds relevant academic references
  • Networker: links to others/brings other tweeps into the conversation
  • Self-publicist: always twists the conversation to talk about their work; provides links to their work over and over again
  • Cheerleader: RTs with added positive comments about the original post
  • Enthusiast: replies to say how great everybody and their ideas are
  • Lurker: likes posts, might RT without added comment, but does not post
  • Critic: disagrees, adds alternative points of view, but does so in a positive way*
  • Troll: no need to define these*

What do you think? Do you recognise yourself or others in this categorisation? Have I missed out any personas you’d include?

* Thanks to Len for these two

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3 Responses to Twitter chat personas

  1. Algot Runeman says:

    Engager: A mix of several of your suggestions. The defining characteristic is reaction, sometimes positive, questioning, supportive, and like the critic may mix in alternative ideas, but not in an acrimonious way.

  2. tutormentor1 says:

    Yep. I can see me in some of these.

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