I’m spending a bit of time trying to parse out how all the various common social networking services interconnect as I try to be a better “social webber” 😉 . Let’s see…Facebook gets updates from Friendfeed…I have Flickr connected to Facebook and Friendfeed? Hmmm…OK, Picasa is also connected to Friendfeed. Now, let’s bring in Youtube. I’ve got my Twitter updates going to Facebook (as well as my “home” page; IM status changes through Friendfeed. I have an RSS feed from this blog going to Friendfeed. Gee, looks like I’m updating myself. I have not been as good about publishing stuff as I could be. I try to make sure that the things I do and say follow the rules of decorum (I’ve had a personal website for over 15 years now, and believe I’ve figured out the right amount of information to “leak out” about myself) and have a reasonable degree of content, adding some measure of worth to the ether. I try to keep my social presence and professional presence reasonably separate. Not easy, tho!
While I’m “over the hill” in web years, I’ve tried to stay abreast of the technologies both from how various sites are rendered to at least a basic understanding of the plumbing underneath them (though I haven’t done serious coding in much too long). My message is that this stuff weaves a tangled web that is challenging to follow even for someone like myself who has spent a career in complex technical systems. It’s incredibly powerful, but at the same time non-trivial to understand.
Now, let’s see…what connections do I want to have to my LinkedIn profile 😉 ?