by Maggie LaMaack
#MSPtweeps is a weekly interview series featuring some of the best and brightest Twin Cities tweeters; the ones who continually make us LOL and OMG!
Talia Wischmann (@tal_joy ) has the best hair I have ever seen. We also share very real-life struggles with RBF (if you don’t know what that is, it’s not important). We talk it all out in this week’s edition of #MSPtweeps.
ML: When and why did you join Twitter?
TW: 2008. I had my first ad agency job and since I was already on Facebook and blogging, I sort of became the digital trend lady at the office. Eventually they made it a real job and my title changed from Digital Trend Lady to Emerging Media Manager.
ML: What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
TW: Good stuff:
It keeps me smart and informed. I follow people who bring helpful, funny, interesting content into my life. All kinds of news — the death of Michael Jackson, the fire at Blackbird and Heidi’s, the Boston Marathon bombing — I found out about through Twitter before receiving a notification from the Times or CNN.
I’m not what people would call a warm person per se, so I hear a lot of “I thought you were a total bitch when I first met you,” or “You scared the shit out of me, but then I saw that you were kind of funny” and I think social media helps because when people don’t have to look at my bitchface they tend to react differently to what I say (amirite @maggielamaack?!). Speaking of getting to know people, Twitter helped facilitate the first few flirty conversations I had with my main squeeze @toneslibera. I complimented his shoes, he told me not to be a jerk to the new guy at work. You know how it goes.
Less good stuff:
Sometimes I’m surprised at the personas people create for their personal Twitter accounts. It can be really off-putting to meet someone offline who is completely different than the person you’ve learned to love online.
Working in the digital/social world, much of my work is judged based on likes, faves, RTs and shares, and it can be difficult to not hold personal content to that same standard. Sometimes I have to step back and think about why I’m writing, making, sharing, or photographing something.
ML: How do you have such good hair?
TW: Haha. Really?
TW: I’m not sure if you’re serious, but okay. I get it cut by Susie at Haus. She’s fantastic and entertains me with stories about the terrible first dates she goes on. Because I’m a very classy lady, I color it from a box. It costs $6.99 and I need two boxes because my hair has both length and girth.
The real secret though: I was the princess of my hometown as a junior in high school (that’s a thing people do in rural Minnesota). We had to wear gowns and updos for the events, so I learned to curl, braid, hot roll, pin and tease like a pro. I waved in 40 parades that summer.
ML: Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
TW: Oh boy. There’s a link to my blog in my Twitter profile, and if you’ve read that you know a whole lot about me (more than you probably want to). Typically people are pretty surprised to find out that I used to ride and sell skateboards and snowboards, and I have/had some tats and facial piercings to boot.
ML: You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
TW: Fembots have feelings too.*
*Limited to feelings about cheese, wine and pies.
ML: Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
1 & 2: @irishgirl and @nylons. Wooboy. These two. Nancy and Meghan were my boss-ladies at @clockwork_tweet and taught me how to get shit done. They’re powerful women who balance work and family and understand the importance of doing good things for the world.
3. @noraborealis. Nora is just too much for me to handle sometimes. The way she tells stories and calmly walks through the storms of life inspires me daily.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. Okay, so these are actually also local. My ladies @heyangiesheldon, @alexinthecity and @forkknifespoon get grouped into one cute, little, twitter love bucket. I want to hang out with them every day (we work together, so I pretty much do), and they are consistently producing the tweets I fave most.
2. @TheAtlantic. I picked up a physical copy of the magazine at the airport the other day and realized I had already read all of the articles thanks to Twitter.
3. @ruemagazine. All of the pretty things are here.
Favorite things on the Internet this week:
1. Louis C.K. talking about religion, feminism and politics in his SNL monologue
ML: Any last words?
TW: Don’t put raisins in the banana bread. Or in anything for that matter. No more raisins.