I have had a LinkedIn profile for many years now, and I consider this to be my preferred method of “social networking”. It was through LinkedIn that I ended up in my current job, and it has provided me with several professional opportunities over the years. I keep it updated, and have used it to reconnect with people I otherwise might have lost touch with.
I also created a Naymz page at the request of a friend, but I don’t use it much – except when I recieve notifications that someone has visited my profile (which has happend surprisingly often). It is kind of fun to see how people come across my name – Naymz has a feature where they will show the google search that brought people to my page. Usually, they are searching for someone that I am connected to, and end up looking at my profile.
For many years my kids have had Facebook and MySpace pages, and because of my interest in Family Safety, I took my own advice and created pages on those sites just so I could “connect” with my children and keep an eye on what they are posting – I never actually intended to make use of those networks.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I recieved a “friend request” from a professional acquiantance on Facebook. As I started looking into it, I realized that there are plenty of adults using Facebook to connect professionally. Color me surprised. I actually started receiving friend requests from people I have worked with in the past, and whom I respect professionally. Most of these people are already connected to me on LinkedIn, but it appears as though they are much more actively participating in Facebook – updating their “wall”, posting comments about what they are working on, etc.
This has me thinking – how many social networking pages does one need in order to be plugged in today? There are features of each site that I like – but in the end, it isn’t really about what I like – it is about how people can find me and connect with me, how they can share professional opportunities with me, and how those with similar interests can get in touch with me. I used to think that a LinkedIn account was enough – but I am now reconsidering that.
Maybe it is time for me to start looking at twitter…