I’ve posted about this before.
Heck, the odds are I’ve posted about it more than once.
But in this world of social media, I tend to have two ways of looking at things – full privacy, or open like a book.
When it comes to platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, I am pretty open. Remember, though, because I work in public information/relations, I tend to watch what I say or post. I’m conditioned to think about every word I post. Sure, sometimes I might have a little more fun with things, but the idea is to make sure nothing you put in the public eye can come back to haunt you. It’s not worth it.
On the flip side, my Facebook is very private. I try and keep my friend’s list at a certain number and make sure it’s smaller. For me, Facebook is more about connecting with closer friends and family. I still don’t post controversial or stupid things as again, you never know what’s out there. But it’s more personal there.
My blog, as you know, is very public.
There are other social network platforms that I use that aren’t really anything I worry about when it comes to public and private.
But then there’s LinkedIn.
A professional social network, it’s one where people can connect on a different level. There are recruiters and companies posting about opportunities. Your resume is out there for people in your circle, so to speak, to see.
So how public or private should your LinkedIn be?
I’ve recently accepted a few invitations and have a few others. Is it something to allow co-workers in? Is it something to allow strangers (they could be recruiters) in? Do you add others friends and family hoping for connections?
It’s one of those things I continue to ponder with social media. How about those of you who have LinkedIn? Besides telling what you do with requests/adding people, how about explaining how you use the platform? I’d like to utilize it more and get the most out of it, if I am going to have it.