I like using social media, but I don't like being used by social media companies. So I'm explaining here how I use social media, and what's NOT changing now that I'm in politics.
The Short Version:
Social media mostly just contributes trash to our political conversation. But hey, I'm running, so here it is:
The Long Version:
Politics on social media is often ugly and divisive. Some of this is a problem with the products or companies, but I try to "never wrestle with pigs, because you both get dirty and the pig likes it." I've been on social media since before it was a thing, so I believe that how I use these products is really up to me.
Nobody's making me use social media. I don't have to participate in the polarization. Even though I'm now running for office, I'm just going to continue to use my personal social media accounts the way I always have used them, which is:
Twitter: I've been on Twitter since 2009. I haven't always liked it, but I've followed the growth of the product since even before I joined. It took me a while, but I've found the right way for me to enjoy Twitter: I follow topics I'm interested in, and people who I'm learning from, and ignore the rest. When you do that, Twitter is a pretty great product.
Facebook: I've been on Facebook since before Mark Zuckerberg became Zuck. There is a lot I hate about what I see on Facebook, but there's a lot of great things about it too. I enjoy staying connected with friends and seeing what they like to share about their lives. I don't use Facebook a lot these days, but when I do, I just ignore the political stuff. I've learned the hard way that political discussions on Facebook go nowhere.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn is for professional networking. Nobody wants to see it cluttered with campaign junk, so I won't post politics there at all unless I just can't help myself.
So I've been on those products for years. Now that I'm in politics, I'm sure someone will want to embarrass me with something I've said somewhere, or mock some galaxy-brained musings from my personal blog. That's ok: I think I can stand by anything I've said - and that doesn't mean that I was right, it just means that I probably had a good reason for what I said at that time. I'll be glad to explain and reconsider if enough people are really interested.
As for other social media, I don't use them much, though I'm trying out a newsletter and making a few amateur campaign videos that you might enjoy. I guess if I need to, I might hire a social media manager (apply now!) and together we'll put up some goofy TikTok videos or whatever.