On Thursday, I mentioned the need for a grouping mechanism for members of our homeowners association to be able to email each other. Now let's turn our attention to social media.
I have been a Facebook user for many years. I have my Facebook friends organized into 2 groups.
If I desire, I can use the Personal group for non-work-related posts.
I use the Professional group for work-related posts.
Actually, the way this works is that when I post a work-related item, I hide that post from the Personal people. In other words, I don't bore my family with information about technologies they have no interest in.
I used to do the other way, limiting the post to people on the Professional list, but a customer alerted me that this prevented her from sharing my post with her friends.
Recently I have been using Google+. Google+ comes with predefined Circles that are essentially the same thing as Facebook groups - albeit with a more explicit integration into the user interface. A user can define his own circles, but for now, I am using the default ones: Friends, Family, Acquaintances, and Following.
So here is the quandary. How do I use the groups?
On the one hand, I could put each of my contacts into one and only one circle. When I post a message on Google+, I could identify the circles that should be able to see the posting. Work-related posts would go to Acquaintances and Following. Non-work-related posts could go to Friends and Family. This is what I have done so far.
On the other hand, I could place my contacts in more than one circle. For each posting I make, I would pick the one circle to which it applies, and all would be well.
So how do you use social media to conquer the divide between your personal and professional lives?
Curiosity is alive in the lab.