1. Connecting: Hi! I’m Laura
I love reading other people’s thoughts, and if other people like to know what I’m thinking and writing about, that’s cool. For some reason I’ve never gotten into writing comments for people I don’t know personally, maybe that’s a generational thing. But if you’re into that, talk away!
2. Follow, add, friend: Twitter-ers and Facebook-ness
My views vary by social network. On Facebook, I only accept friend requests from people I know – I feel that my Facebook page contains far more personal material than I really want the average person off the street having access to. On Twitter, my account is open, so if you want to follow me, you can! I personally only follow people who I am interested in reading random 140-character thoughts from, and unfollow people frequently if they constantly spread negativity. The only other network I use frequently is Pinterest, and so far I follow a) close friends and b) people with really interesting boards.
3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: Keep it light please.
Social media is NOT an outlet for me to passive-aggressively air my grievances with the world. I keep my posts friendly and funny, and tailor my posts to my audience: more personal posts go on Facebook, and general commentary and work-related thoughts I usually put on Twitter.
4. Signal to noise: No Double Posts
This obviously wouldn’t bother me if I only followed someone on one social media, but I get annoyed when a single post is shared to Instagram, Twitter, AND Facebook, or Pinterest and Facebook, etc. Seeing it once is enough for me. Also, even though they’re allowed now, hashtags DO NOT belong on Facebook so vary your content please!
5. Personal data and sharing: DON’T DO IT
Unless you want to make people uncomfortable and start arguments and debates, don’t post religious beliefs/political/etc.
6. My networking needs and uses: Spread It Out
That ended up being a lot longer than I expected, but there you go! Obviously I’m very private and compartmentalized in my social media uses, and I definitely think that reflects my personality. Thanks for reading! Find out how to make your own social media profile here.