Last week Kate asked
Do you hide Twitter from your boss? Or is it ok for you to be Twittering while working? Do you (honestly) think it hurts your performance?
Not many people answered her on Twitter or FriendFeed, maybe it’s because it was an odd week, between Christmas and New Years or maybe because they didn’t want to answer, I don’t know. So I’m asking again –
- Do you Tweet at work?
- Do you hide it from your boss?
- Do you think it’s ok to Twitter from work?
- Do you think it hurts your performance?
I’ll even answer them myself first.
- Nope, in fact I sometimes point him to particular Tweets or conversations on Friendfeed.
- Yes, I do. Not all the time not every day, but yes I do. For me its no different that water cooler talk with coworkers who I see face to face. I get valuable information and feed back from both sets of people but in the middle we talk about trivial stuff, tv shows, lunch, etc.
- No I don’t, like all things I do it in moderation, some days more some days less. With my job, like so many, focusing on technology etc, I can work from just about anywhere with an internet connection and I do (coffee shop, laundromat, public library etc). This means I don’t’ remember my last 8-5, straight 40 hour work week because the line between personal and professional time blends.
- Additionally some of the best ideas I’ve brought to my library in the couple of years have come from my online connections. As I am the only person in my library who does what I do, they are my colleagues, my network, troubleshooters, sounding boards, naysayers and supporters. I’d say in many ways it improves my work.