How many people am I (or should I be) online?
I was reading this morning on Twitter that LinkedIn will allow status comments soon (or it already is). And over the weekend I was looking at ping.fm which allows the status updating of multiple media at once. (there are several other services that will do this too) So, for example, configuring your ping account means you can update facebook, twitter and tumblr (and many others) in one hit…
Now, for some time now I have wondered about the wisdom of having stuff about me available online. This is nothing new of course and people have, for some time now, wondered how sensible it might be for your potential new employer to see that tagged photo of you on facebook pissed out of your head. Additionally, the facebook status of 'Carl is pissed off with his job' might not do many favors with one's current employer either….
So, I suppose over the last couple of years I've got to thinking (mistakingly I might add) that certain people may not see my facebook page, for example, and that I should try and be quite sensible and professional with this blog - Facebook for 'fun' Carl and blog for more serious Carl. Of course, now, those people at work who wouldn't have had a facebook account just a year or so ago now have one as its becaome more and more mainstream. Tonight I have a Teleconference and any idle twittering about how bored I might get (although I'm sure it won't be) will be immediately updated on my facebook page and of course some of the call participants are my friends on facebook….. and so on….
So very quickly I've moved from nothing online to using different platforms that evolved from fundamentally different directions to using tools that are now encouraging me to merge these multiple personalities into one. These tools for maintaining that 'one onlne person' across all the media are great in what they do and, at the same time, are encouraging me to think that I just have to jump in and simply be one 'online person' and stop worrying about it.
It's probably the case that more experienced bloggers who use facbook and twitter have come to a conclusion on this some time ago on this.
I'd like comments though.