I mostly use social media for professional development. To ensure continuous value of my personal learning network for that purpose, I regularly reassess my contact lists on my social networks.
- If you get faceslammed, unfriended, decontacted, filtered out, muted, etc., don’t take it personally. It’s because your updates are not relevant to the kind of information I’m interested in at the moment. Feel free to do the same to me if I’m annoying you, you’ll make yourself a favor, and I won’t take it personally either.
- Most of the status updates I post are bookmarks from my Diigo account or blog posts I write. Since I bookmark a lot every day, it just seems right to pass some along to my social media contacts.
- I do not read every status updates out there. It’s simply impossible to do. So I scan updates once in a while to find links and ideas I’m interested in. I also pay more attention to conference hashtags and keywords in certain periods of time.
- Most of what I post is licensed under Creative Commons, so help yourself. Most of the time, I’m simply asking for an attribution. But if you make me aware your are using my work, chances are I might be interested in what you’re doing. So it’s a win-win situation that could lead to great things, who knows?
- When I retweet or share, I try not to break the chain of attribution the best I can. But in some cases, I have to condense the content or take out attribution. I generally try to keep the first posters in my retweets, or people I want to bring in the conversation.
- If you’re trying to generate a conversation with me, please mention my Twitter handle or account name in your post so that I get notified. For time sensitive inquiries, contact me by email.
- In general, I use Facebook for personal purposes and Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn for professional purposes. See my About page for a list of currently active social media personas.
Social media has such a huge potential for professional development that it cannot go unmanaged and retain its value. By enabling this personal policy, I’m trying to manage the signal to noise ratio that reaches me, to make my social media interactions more effecient and meaningful, so I can live offline as well.
Created January 29, 2012; updated March 11, 2012