As you all know, I enjoy me some online social networking. I like my Facebook, my Twitter, my LinkedIn in particular. But, lately, I’m noticing this clash of the generations (or sensibilities, perhaps?).
Basically, people are using these networks for one of three reasons:
1. business activities
2. personal activities
3. a mixture of the two
But what happens when these groups bump into each other?
Sometimes it’s okay. For instance, I do love catching up with my high school friends on Facebook, and when I market my business and my blog there, they’re potential clients…it is a network, you know. And at least they all have jobs(ish) and understand that I’m making a living.
But then, my nieces friend me and they’re 13 and they put up ridiculous pictures of me from family gatherings. And my sister-in-law writes ‘stuff’ on my wall that I don’t want anyone else to see because she’s 23 and using Facebook in its original configuration – as an online yearbook of sorts for the college set.
None of this is a huge deal – I can delete and manage my page…but I find it fascinating to watch as Facebook grows and builds into something more professional and business networky than it once was. And, I’m enthralled by the friend numbers that the younger folk have – think of the network at their fingertips when they grow up and have something really important to share. Hmmm, guess I shouldn’t delete them as friends, they’re holding some prime real estate…oh, and I love them, they’re family after all.