At a recent professional networking event, a colleague told me she uses all social media for work and personal life. “It is all one big mash-up” she said, there is no reason to try to seperate them. Hmm.
Then I got to talking to another colleague recently at lunch. Like me, she uses some social media for her professional life and others for her personal life. We both use LinkedIn pretty extensively for business networking and Facebook for our personal lives. (Interestingly, neither one of us is quite sure what to do with twitter.)
We talked at length about the risks associated with mixing the two. We wondered aloud if we are just really too cynical for our own good and if the other colleague’s concept of a “mash-up” was really more on target.
Then I ran across this blog post about personal photos on Facebook from an Obama campaign speechwriter: http://blog.ragan.com/prjunkie/2008/12/obama_speechwriter_gone_wildand_caught_on_facebook.html
Whoa. Altough I never have that much fun at gatherings with friends, this is just the kind of thing that I think is great in some contexts and a disaster in others. So, I am right back to my cynical belief that there is value to separating the personal you from the business you online.