I don’t know about you, but the saying that “every social media is like the next” is not true for me. They may have similar functions, but the audience as much as the form of the network has influenced how I use it.
Here is how I have compartmentalized my own social media use and I’d love to see how yours compares:
- Facebook – Personal use only. I only connect with IRL people. I only passively use it.
- Google+ – Professional and personal use. I connect mainly connect with digital friends, not with IRL people. This includes blog articles and ebooks I have written, but also photos of my life and family as well as unique long form content. I am actively using this platform.
- Twitter – Professional and personal. I connect primarily with digital friends, but I’m building up with IRL friends too. Up until last month, my main approach was for marketing and bring unique content. I am actively using this platform.
- YouTube – Professional use publicly and personally with unlisted videos. This is exclusively used for vlog posts and Hangouts for Seventy8 Productions. I am fairly passive with the network.
- Pinterest – Professional use exclusively. We post blog articles and find inspiration from others. I am only passive on this social medium.
- LinkedIn – Personal and Professional use. Unfortunately engagement is low but I try to recommend and endorse my digital and IRL friends as well as posting many of my online publications.
This is my life, but I also recognize that I am as much of an introvert online as I am offline and so what I see as shallow conversations, others find inviting and engaging. Thus, I am making more of an effort to not only post my deep thoughts, but simply everyday fun as well.