My social media policy

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.

  • Unless indicated in the post itself, I use social media as an individual, not as an employee or agent of an organization.
  • On Facebook and LinkedIn, I will turn down connection requests from people I don’t know or who don’t make explicit the reason for the request. Chances are that if your profile isn’t accurate or complete, I won’t accept the request. You can follow me on non-reciprocal services if you would like (such as Twitter, Instagram, of Google+).
  • If you get unfriended, filtered out, muted, etc., don’t take it personally. It’s because your updates are not relevant to the kind of information I’m looking for at the moment. Feel free to do the same to me if I’m polluting your feeds. I won’t take it personally.
  • Most of the status updates I post are links to relevant articles with a short commentary. Since I bookmark a lot every day, it just seems right to pass some along to my social media contacts. I also get into bursts of social media sharing when attending events or classes, so consider yourself warned.
  • 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, when I have time. 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. I’m simply asking for an attribution. But if you make me aware that you 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 compress the content or take out some 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 have 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.
  • Although I can tolerate a bit of foul language for good fun, excessive behaviors like racism, sexism, and intolerance will get you banned from my social media circles.
  • I try not to engage too deeply in politics on social media, or at least try to keep the tone of conversation civil when I do.
  • Privacy: I collect some data about interactions on sites I manage (Google Analytics, WordPress, links, etc.) in order to get a sens of the level of engagement on materials I post. I will not share private information I collected with anyone, but might, from time to time, share aggregates or samples for information for teaching purposes.

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 efficient and meaningful, so I can live offline as well.

Created January 29, 2012; last updated January 24, 2017


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