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I’ve developed a rhythm to my sharing of items of interest on social media. That includes, but is not at all limited to, my posts on this blog. I am on Facebook (where I have a page for my blog that you can find by searching for ReligionProf) and on Twitter (also as ReligionProf), as well as on LinkedIn and Instagram. I usually use Buffer to space out that sharing, so that it is not all happening just in concentrated bursts. There’s more than one reason for doing it that way. I expect that a sudden barrage of twenty new tweets all at once would annoy most people who follow me, and would result in you actually reading fewer of the tweets even if you weren’t annoyed. It is my understanding that Facebook in fact throttles back your reach if you post too frequently, and so that’s another reason for spacing things out.
On Facebook, I share things that I think are particularly worthwhile, so much so that I think it is worth taking the time to quote from the post or article in question or comment on it in some way. On Twitter and LinkedIn I share almost all the same things that I do on Facebook, but also more. If something is even remotely interesting, I’ll send it out via these channels. This includes job openings, calls for papers, and things like that. I share the ones that are directly in my fields of interest, and thus also of interest to most academics I’m connected with, such as biblical studies and science fiction. On Twitter and LinkedIn I’ll happily share anything that I think someone I know might be interested in –...
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