Kieran Long and his Twitter avatar

One of the most common bits of advice offered to people just starting out on Twitter is to use a photograph of yourself as your Twitter avatar. Some individuals simply fail to post any image at all (and at least the colourful birdies are better than the old brown square), while others sometimes opt for cartoon-style images of themselves or pictures of their Second Life avatars.

KierantwitterBut Architects’ Journal editor Kieran Long (@Kieranlong) has a curious photograph of what looks like a building interior. During yesterday’s RIBAforum09 (post), I got a Tweet DM from a friend:

If you get chance to ask question to Kieran, ask why doesn’t use own photo on twitter account – is this a barrier to social?

So, I did. In fact, I grabbed my Flip video and did a very quick two-question interview in the lobby outside the RIBA’s Wren Room (you can tell this was completely unrehearsed, but at least you will find out what the photo shows):

PS: Many thanks, Kieran!


  1. It was great to see Kieran Long for the first time on Tuesday.

    Unfortunately I had no idea what he looked like before I walked into the room – which is when it would have been possible to have a conversation with him face-to-face before things kicked off.

    If he had put his photo on his twitter account this might have been different.

    Maybe he doesn’t want to speak to me? 😉

  2. Exactly the same view here, Su. I’d never met Kieran before Tuesday (remiss of me as a construction PR person, I know, but my excuse is I don’t currently work for any architect clients).

    When it comes to meeting, say, some of the people at ‘Building’ for the first time, they show their faces on the avatars meaning you can recognise them when you finally come face-to-face.

    • TBK on 1 June 2011 at 10:59 am
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    Just happened on this old post and thought I’d add that the model shown on the photo is representing the Victorian swimming baths in Barking. The building had a sliding floor that covered the pool area so it could be converted into an assembly hall or, as is the case in the chosen photo, a dance hall. Hence the name of the jpg: ‘dancing in the baths’. The building was controversially demolished in the late 1980s just as it was about to be listed. The exhibition Kieran refers to in the video is ‘Barking: A Model Town Centre’ that he co-curated with muf architecture/art in 2007.

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