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Whether you’re using social media for personal reasons or business, there’s nothing like carefully nurturing relationships, especially those that start with an @. The @ is the opening door; when we get invited to walk through it, that’s when we know we’re friends.
Given that Facebook rewrote the definition of friendship, what does it mean to you if I am your friend? Why do I follow you? Can we be different people to different audiences? Is it necessary to present the same picture of ourselves everywhere we go?
I want Facebook to represent the people in my life. Whether we see each other on a daily basis or once a year, I want to accept friend invitations from people I know face to face.
I want LinkedIn to represent the interests in my life. Whether we share common backgrounds or if you merely enjoy reading my blog, I want to accept connection invitations from people who satisfy my intellect.
I do not know what I want Twitter to represent.
I’m experiencing an identity crisis.
Twitter used to be very valuable to me. It used to be very interactive but is now polluted with noise. Because I am happily active on Facebook and LinkedIn, I sometimes think about deleting my Twitter account. I tried different tactics in recent months to maintain my Twitter attraction but everything failed.
Amanda Coleman, Jess McMullin, Shauna Causey, Will Perrin, Dan Slee, and Lynn Williams are my Twitter idols. Their tweets range from nonprofit communications to public administration to social media marketing.
Each has a unique voice. Their tweets are their own. It does not behoove me to copy or emulate but to follow, admire, and interact. They are why my Twitter account did not repeat the past and still exists.
How should Twitter represent me when Facebook and LinkedIn perform well? Maybe if I don’t follow strangers but only people I know in the flesh I’d get more out of it. I suppose I could try that.
Then again, perhaps I should say goodbye to my old friend Twitter.
I don’t know.