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I’m a big user of social media — I started tweeting back in 2007, and am now one of the more established China voices.
Social media is also a way to reach me should, by some oddity, email fail to work.
When interacting with me on social media, please ensure you’re aware of my standards and practices. The conversation can go on for so much longer in a mutually beneficial way when we give one other more space and respect. (When they have to remind people to “keep it harmonious online” even on Tube ads, that’s probably a sign!…)
Auxiliary accounts (Less frequent updates)
▶ Status update (Last updated 02:00 UTC on 01 October 2015)
- Services will slowly resume to normal between 03 April 2016 and 15 April 2016.
▶ Quick notes on my Twitter account
I tweet a lot, especially on the go. (This could go up to 50 or more tweets; during live events, that number will be much more!) If you are starting out, you might want to ensure you have at least 5-10 people / organisations you follow — otherwise you’ll see your feed full of David’s posts.
I enjoy diversity and debates on Twitter — you’ll often get info from a few news tweets from news sources in over 80 countries — and I check @mentions all the time. (Here’s a secret: try tweeting me if email fails — both @mentions and, if enabled, Direct Messages, will work fine.)
There’s no obligation to follow me back, although a follow-back is always appreciated. I prefer to follow accounts with insightful tweets — rather than those that inundate timelines with “food porn” and the like. I retweet what I like, although this shouldn’t be taken as a full endorsement. Finally, all of my tweets are my own personal views. It doesn’t represent the people I work with — and in all cases I try to keep it courteous (but if it’s visibly offensive or threatening, you might end up blocked!).
▶ Quick notes on my Facebook public account
The public account is for everyone — adding me as a “friend” is by invitation only, as all friend requests are screen thoroughly.
Most of what I post on Facebook are quick announcements my end. For news and views, please follow me instead on Twitter and Facebook.
On the personal account, I tend to post content that “ring a bell” to friends there.
▶ Quick notes on my LinkedIn account
I’m active on LinkedIn and have a Premium account (but to keep it low-key, you won’t see the “golden In icon”). I do take OpenLink and InMail messages, although I only respond if a live, breathing human who is not interested in spamming / scamming me actually sent me the message! (Messages offering me financial services are automatically ignored and deleted.)
Out of all of my network presences, LinkedIn is the most “professional”. Which means you’ll see many more links which are about the media in China, academic matters, or general business. For any of my famed train updates I refer you to my presences on Twitter and Facebook (personal account).
A few rules of thumb on LinkedIn…
- Who do I link up with? If we’ve talked online and / or offline, you’re in. BTW: I don’t go after random folks or people whom the last time I linked up was more than probably 5 years ago, unless we really worked together.
- Who do I endorse? Anyone in my network whom I know is doing things worth a good look at. I endorse you for what I know you’re up to: I don’t endorse “at random”, so if you’re into the media, I probably won’t endorse you for fine cuisine unless you’re also a cook.
- Who do I recommend? People I know who have worked together with me on one or more projects. And by that I mean we would have to have talked more than once per week whilst working on the project.
- What do I share? Anything social media / general media / tech / general China-related. If I find it’s cool, it’s an auto Like. I also post announcements of press / general public events related to me.
- What do I like? To give those connected to me a sign of support and friendship, I generally Like in particular employment-related updates, especially those close and known to me.
- What are those stats? These are my live mileages and numbers (updated once every 10 days or so). When it comes to my professional “title / tagline” on LinkedIn, I find that numbers do the talking much better than boring job titles.