Glossing over the lateness of this post, I’ll dive straight into the Thing. Thing 12 was all about reviewing how social your social media use is.
I’m going to be very honest about myself here – I don’t appear to be that social in social media. I’m wondering if it’s because most of my social media usage is in work and I have quite firm views on work and home lives being separate.
I have no problem putting my views in my blogs, or in comments, or joining in discussions, whether they’re my work or my personal views – I don’t lurk, but I’m just not really that good at mixing, networking, making new friends, etc. in an online environment.
Having said that, I have got ‘Twitter friends’ who are people I vaguely know only through Twitter.
I thought I’d create a list of my socia networking / media profiles (or those I can remember) and see what I use them for:
- Slideshare – library job
- Scoopit – library job
- Twitter – library job
- blog – library job; yoga teaching; library training; (3 blogs)
- RSS feeds – 2 accounts: library job and home (both still private)
- Delicious – has mix of library & personal (all still private)
- LinkedIn- personal
- Minus.com – yoga teaching (handouts)
- Photobox – personal, restricted to invite only
- Goodreads – (forgot about this – then saw someone has clicked on the link from this blog) – just personal, but, I’ve only 2 friends on there…
I’m not on Facebook.
Hmm. LinkedIn is quite the odd one out – I’m on there, sort of connecting with people, but not in a very active way. Other accounts are more ‘passive’ eg upload and leave (slideshare, minus.com). Other accounts I could open up and be more social (eg parts of my netvibes and delicious accounts), but I’ve been saying that for 2 years.
I’m quite happy with the status quo though – I don’t want to spend 24/7 on social networks (and I don’t have a mobile device for that anyway) – I’m happy being social (just in case this is coming across as ‘don’t even THINK about talking to me’), but in small amounts, in certain settings.
I want to be there, available for library staff (or yoga students with my other hat) so like using social media for that, but like to keep it slightly at arms’ length. Everything in moderation.