It seems there is some social media confusion out there in the World Wide Web. It seems that people are confusing LinkedIn with facebook. The more and more I read LinkedIn homepage posts, the more I realize that people are blurring the line between personal and professional.
Maybe it is because they don’t have a facebook account to share their beliefs, intimate details, inappropriate pictures or meals of the day?
Maybe they originally signed up for LinkedIn to utilize its business networking (original) purpose but got carried away with the narcissistic temptations that make up social media platforms?
OR MAYBE they just don’t realize what they are doing.
LinkedIn is to, and I quote:
“Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities”
Facebook is to, and I quote again:
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
The two- although alike in ways, are different.
One is for the office- one is for home.
Maybe I am alone in my irritation? Perhaps people on LinkedIn WANT to know that Suzy broke up with her fiancé last night, that Bill is really drunk on a beach and that Joe has a wart on his knee…?
I on the other hand, think that information belongs on facebook. I want to see more stories of the great seminar that Suzy took that helped her manage her time! I want Bill to share a link about saving me more money for my business come tax time and I want to congratulate Joe on the great new website he just designed. I want Annie to find a new job! I want to give great recommendations, endorse people… and I want it to be professional. THAT’s what I want to use LinkedIn for.
Am I asking for too much here? Should people exercise a social media filter?
What do you think?