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How much of you to share?

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masked man

Who is this masked man?

According to a work colleague, it probably should be me.

Why should you hide your identity?

To be honest, I’m not really sure. One of my colleagues said they’d like to separate their updates depending on the audience, their facebook feed being different to linkedin for example.

I was fine with that – after all, I use hashtags in Twitter to decide whether I send an update to Facebook(#fb), LinkedIn (#in) or Yammer (#yam) or none of them. Where I was puzzled was when another senior colleague said he thought most folk would probably choose to maintain different identities and say different things to different audiences.

I said

I talk differently to my wife, and about different things; my persona is authentic, which is important so that people can build trust…I’m friends/contacts with differing groups of folk [on] Twitter, FB, LinkedIn. All bleed into each other, so I need to be “real”.

What do you share?

I’m a moderately open sharer, and you can find links to my Twitter, Posterous and Friendfeed on the blog. I’m also on LinkedIn, Flickr, and you can see loads more on flavors.me. You’ll see different things on each of them, but you’ll find the same tone. I’m me, wherever I am.

I don’t share all my KM stuff on Facebook; it would bore my Coastguard friends rigid. I don’t tell people on Yammer about a recent shout where we went to a casualty on a beach; it might not interest them. I don’t usually “friend” work colleagues on Facebook, because they are different audiences; but some I do, and I’d look pretty odd if my tone wasn’t authentic.

How many identities do *you* have?

Sorry guys, I just have this one. What about you?

Image Credit: P!XELTREE

Written by SteveEllwood

October 26th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

3 Responses to 'How much of you to share?'

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  1. Just the one here too.

    Kerry Buckley

    26 Oct 10 at 22:07

  2. Well, two I suppose, but most folk know both exist and I don’t hide behind either. It’s just one group of people gave me a nickname (5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts were the culprits) and it sort of bled into my life. This was before social networking, so as that came along it was natural to use one or the other depending on the main audience. My family obv all call me Paul, and most colleagues, but my friends either call me Beardy or Paul depending where they first met me. So, yes there’s only one persona, two handles on that.

    Paul

    26 Oct 10 at 23:09

  3. […] Who do you friend, and what do you share? […]

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