There are not only pure personal matters that appear as too informative on twitter but also sort of impersonal.
This comes up as magazines or organisations do think they have to appear on twitter. I do not know anyone who ever had a plausible theory on the topic that organisations have to go to twitter. But you do find magazines and organizations there.
One of them is the german “Friedrich-Schiller-Universität” in Jena. Maybe it’s just a student having fun. Maybe it’s someone working for the university leadership. Maybe some geek. Who knows.
One of their tweets is this one:
In english: “The university of Jena” is now within the top 500 list of the world’s most cited academics in chemistry. Great. Congratulations.
Well I doubt that in a way. Is there a list of acadamics in chemistry sorted by their university? That would surprize me. Maybe there’s one acadamic that got onto the top list of chemistrists. And what if you can get on such a list because of making a big mistake?
But how come someone thinks this is a useful information as a tweet. ‘Tweet’ seen as something that’s basically meant for the moment. Something that is difficult to be clearly articulated. And that often doesn’t reach the ones it’s supposed to be for.
Who’s the recipient of this tweet in the eyes of ‘jenapolis’? Academics of their own university? Of other universities? Students to come? I don’t think there exists anyone like that in twitter. I keep my mouth shut as the first twitter user admits he’s due to that kind of tweets interested in Jena by now. Or Chemistry. Or Top 500 lists.
So to me this tweet is very useless concerning information and addressing.