Despite the current “wisdom” of having all your social media strategically connected, I have chosen to keep my blog and my Twitter accounts reserved for professional activity beyond my employment. Facebook and the majority of my non-employer, web-based, email accounts are reserved for family, close personal friends, and personal business (I keep 1 web mail account for communications from social media networks).
I used Flickr photo sharing until Yahoo! decided to charge $’s for reasonable storage space while continuing to hold some of my images hostage although they did give me a couple of weeks to snatch my pictures back. Time ran out, however, so now I just keep photos on CDs and my personal desktop instead of hopping to Picasa or elsewhere.
I have a limited profile on LinkedIn but don’t bother with it much since I’m not actively seeking work. My blog is listed there along with a link to my general online CV/Resume page.
BTW, I use Bloglines for an agregator despites its flaws and down time although I think Google Reader is better and use it occasionally. My favorite browser is Chrome because it seems faster and the features suit my. All the browsers I use though crash occasionally. If I found one that didn’t, it would be top pick regardless of anything else.
Of course, we need to keep our social media and information glut in perspective – easier said than done. Check out In Defense of Distraction from NY Magazine… a long, but good read relevant to us all:
“…before the founders of Google had even managed to get themselves born, the polymath economist Herbert A. Simon wrote maybe the most concise possible description of our modern struggle: ‘What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.’ As beneficiaries of the greatest information boom in the history of the world, we are suffering, by Simon’s logic, a correspondingly serious poverty of attention…
It’s too late to just retreat to a quieter time. Our jobs depend on connectivity. Our pleasure-cycles—no trivial matter—are increasingly tied to it. Information rains down faster and thicker every day, and there are plenty of non-moronic reasons for it to do so. The question, now, is how successfully we can adapt…
…because attention is a limited resource—one psychologist has calculated that we can attend to only 110 bits of information per second, or 173 billion bits in an average lifetime—our moment-by-moment choice of attentional targets determines, in a very real sense, the shape of our lives…“