Too long for Twitter, too short for a novella. Communications observations with a side of Applied Social Media. Opinions, mine.
As the social media landscape evolves, so do the choices to be made. After my last post regarding the decision between public and private life online, I had a good discussion with @DuncanYB about the challenge of where to draw the line. He asked a simple but powerful question: what do you do with someone you meet for three seconds in real life, but know online?
Because you can’t always be in disguise, permissions are important.
Good point, particularly if you share photos or details about your family. He’s solved the problem by creating a separate Facebook page around his professional work, so he can connect with people somewhere besides LinkedIn. It’s smart marketing, and it keeps the personal personal.
I also have a Facebook page for my food blog, and as much as it’s a pain to update multiple points of contact, I appreciate the fact that it exists and the lines don’t blur.
Because I have a slightly more open-door policy for my personal Facebook, this leaves a question of how to file the pictures of my kids I want to keep to myself. For those, I use the invite-only feature on Flickr.
Caveat, I am not under the illusion that any remote-based storage solution is truly secure; early days of photosharing led me to lock down my accounts after watching searches crawl for words you would never think of as pervy. However, I value redundancy of photo storage over Fort Knoxing it.
Where’s your line for photo sharing and the public private divide?