Scrubbing your social media lists

Here is a fun exercise for you.

Go into your “friends” lists on both Facebook and Twitter then tell me how many of the people you are connected to you truly know at a deep level.  I would imagine that the percentage is higher on Facebook than it is on Twitter.  What percentage of those contacts are personal and what percent are business?

I would further wager that there are people you are “connected” to on both sites that you have never met.  Why “connect” with someone only to have never truly gotten to know them?  I can hear the answer now…

“Well, what if they are creepy!”

Then you shouldn’t agree to connect in the first place.  Oh sure you aren’t having to see them in person but every time you post a status up that creepy person is reading everything about you!

If you are willing to share every update about your life with someone then be willing to get to know them in person.  Heck invite them to GoGrabLunch.

Get out from behind your computer people and get in their face!


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Posted on March 4, 2011, in Networking and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree with this advice for LinkedIn and Facebook, but not twitter. That medium is about sharing information, exchanging news and updates, though not necessarily of a personal nature. I am a voracious reader, and several people who I follow and follow me on twitter are readers, writers, and book reviewers, that enhance that information sharing. On my professional twitter account, the same applies — there are other professionals in my industry who are sharing valuable information, news, and resources. However, I would be happy to meet (and have met) many of these people in appropriate networking and tweetup sessions. It truly deepens the connection by meeting the people with whom you’ve been sharing information in person!

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