The new editor-in-chief of the Mail&Guardian is no stranger to digital. According to his profile on the newspaper’s website he has worked online for many years, “not just Twitter years, but real years”. Before being appointed as editor-in-chief, Roper was online editor of M&G, where the online audience grew by 60% under his leadership. The publication also saw 2 000% growth in audience from mobile and an 81% growth in overall publisher audience. He loves writing funny stuff – online and in print. And he has worked in various online spaces. He has a very impressive CV. You should read it here.
You mention your old job title in your bio, but you don’t tweet about work often. As editor-in-chief of the Mail&Guardian, with so many followers, is it possible for you to separate the professional from the personal on Twitter? If yes, how?
Are there things that you won’t tweet about? Why?
Have you ever regretted tweets that you made? Why?
Do you have an idea who your followers are? Do you keep certain kinds of people in mind when you tweet?
My followers are the people who consume the M&G on its various platforms. Those are who I speak to.
How would you describe South Africa’s Twitter landscape? What makes us unique/or not?
Do you think South Africans are more cautious to tweet about things such as politics and race and that they are careful not to make prejudices apparent, given our country’s history?
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