Now that I blog and tweet, I’ve been honing my strategy for using social networking tools. The more I do this, the more I know I’m right to keep a little healthy separation between my personal and professional social networks.
The Great Divide: Public vs. Private
If you socialize with someone or have a relationship outside of work that doesn’t negatively affect your job, that’s one thing. But Facebook or MySpace can get too personal and too private. While you may not cross the line, some of your friends may and others could see that.
What price fame for the sake of being social?
This story about quasi-famous clever tweeter made me wonder if I could get away with that, or would I want to try. For every one of these social media rock star stories, there is a cautionary tale about bad twits, dumb Facebook posts, or social mismanagement and how it has damaged a professional reputation or job application.
What works for me:
- There is a difference in Personal and Personable, Internet friends and Real friends.
- There is a place for style and personality in business. No one wants to deal with a robot or automaton, and you need to be social for social networking to work.
- There is a line between Professional and Personal. Actually there are several. Everyone is different, and it is the relationship of the individuals that defines the social nature of the connection, how personal and/or professional it will be.
For my next trick, I’ll find the right balance.