Alora Chistiakoff at The Pragmatic Contextualist has a great discussion on the values of social networking.
I have recently become a huge fan of Twitter and its ability to let you connect with groups of people with common interests (that’s how I found the Pragmatic Contextualist).
Facebook on the other hand is a different story. As Alora points out in her article, you need to carefully walk the line between your work life and your home life and with Facebook, and it is very hard to keep these separate. When I joined Facebook, I accepted invites from everyone I knew and before I realized what was happening, filled up my friend list with fewer friends and more associates. Now I have to think before I a make a post whether I want John in accounting to know what happened over the weekend. I am sure there is a way to fix this by cutting back my friend list but it seems like the easier choice is to just stop using the site. Isn’t it about time for the next Facebook anyway?
Read Alora’s full post here.