I had a great conversation the other day with my good friend Cathy Davis regarding LinkedIn. I was surprised to hear how much she uses it and how useful it has been to her marketing consulting business. What made me laugh out loud was I remember when she first logged onto LinkedIn when we were working together at Harrisdirect. To me LinkedIn was a place I turned to when looking for a job years ago or a kind of online business rolodex. So after I got off the phone with her, I decided to make some changes to my own use of the three major social networking tools (is there really more than 3?). So effective immediately....
- Facebook - for a while now you had to know me in order to connect with me on Facebook and if you know me than you know that I like posting things on my family, long valley, and politics. So if you don't want to see a boring home video - move on. If you don't like my politics, by all means, comment a way; however, once you start getting nasty or personal -you are either going to get an email from me or the boot.
- LinkedIn - this will be for the most part my digital marketing playground. I may make status updates directly onto LinkedIn regarding online, you may see posts indirectly posted from my blog or Twitter; I wont be turning those off but then again, I'm not directly making those posts. This should be a relatively political and family free social site. In order to be my contact a LinkedIn you have to at least prove to me you know who I am...
- Twitter - I continue my love a little, hate a little relationship but for me Twitter is about inbound and outbound links. I will follow almost anyone if they follow me. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a conversation with me, Twitter is probably not the place for that to occur with me. It's about links
I'm going to give this a go. The biggest changes are the greater use of LinkedIn for digital thoughts and the relentless focus of politics and family on Facebook. Don't be upset with me if I give you the boot off of Facebook, but unfortunately those are my two passions and if you don't get that about me, you don't get to hang with me in Facebook.