It's been a strange old journey trying to work out how to use Facebook, Linkedin, Livejournal, Delicious, Flickr, Twitter and my own website. I feel as if I have some better sense now about what is appropriate to write where and when. Firstly, if I can work out how to do it, I'm going to stop sending LJ posts to Facebook (via an RSS feed) because what I try and do on LJ is quite reflective. On occasions after writing something that I'm happy to be public on LJ I find myself hurriedly logging on to Facebook so that I can delete if from there. I'm feeling less comfortable about being so introspective there. I'm finding it hard to describe why. Perhaps things are more superficial over there. I've just written a further 'perhaps' and then deleted it because it could have been misconstrued, again, over there.
Alternatively I could create a new LJ and only alert some people to it. But that doesn't feel right. I like being 1ngi on the internet. Anonymous to the whole world bar the handful of those who know me as such. It feels comfortable that way.
I really like Linkedin - it has very clear business-social etiquette built right in and a fantastic way to keep your network and career together. Most people know how to behave and in my limited experience it is relatively free of trolling.
I predominantly use Flickr to support www.ideagarden.co.uk
as a kind of portfolio that I can update and manipulate as I want. Having that level of independence on my own website was an insightful piece of planning on covertmusic
's part and I really need to start using the site much more as a vehicle for work-related writing. I think up until now I've been overly self-conscious about it as I've learned what does and doesn't fly in the different spaces on the web.
Twitter (1ngi there too if you want to wave) is something I've been trying out over the last couple of days - I was wondering what all the fuss was about and I'm still not completely sure. However the kind of 'quick chat over the garden fence' style of momentarily reaching out and making contact with your 'neighbours' brings a spot of sunshine into the day. I was surprised to see how many organisations are on there. Communications networks are reshaping faster than we know how to deal with. I guess the best thing we can do is join everything, try it out and then regroup.
Well I'm about to go through a process of regrouping and redeploying my investment into the various things I use. It may reduce my self-censorship. Or it may have no bloody affect at all. I guess this is what we are all doing with social networking, trying out the places we like to hang out and withdrawing from the places that don't fit as well. Which reminds me, we need to find a new local.