I wouldn't want to follow all members. That could quickly get out of hand. With administrator privileges you will see all activity as it happens under Actions.
I like the idea of you using your personal account for general communications with members. They can easily view your Profile and I agree that it is more personal There are times when using the more formal admin account is appropriate and can carrry some weight. We use it for creating Help Center docs and feature blogs, so storage of elements is all in one place.
We have an avatar that we offer our Community Hosts and another for those who participate in our Community Advisory Board. Admin account has still another avatar. I wish we had one for some of our star members but points do show status and engagement.
It sounds like you have a fun road ahead of you, Gina. I enjoy managing a community of some 60,000+ members, so there is never anything dull going on.
thanks so much, very helpful. I can't imagine having 60K members! Crazy. We only have 40,000 to invite, so will be lucky to have a couple thousand. Thanks for validating my thoughts on using my personal profile and the admin profile, I will do just that. And, though we're not there yet, I also like the idea of creating avatars for certain users.