In the spirit of the new year, I have done some housekeeping: I have worked on my social media profiles, and there are a number of changes that I am implementing.
Firstly, I’ve decided to embrace Google+. Yes, really. Well, not really, because I’m not yet convinced it will give me much of a benefit. But, it’s one of those things you supposedly need to have to get noticed on the Internets. So, I’ve set up a page, and you can find it here. If you’re a Google+ user and you like it (and not only because you work at Google), then it would be great if you could give me some feedback about its benefits – this is after all a blog about my learning, and I’m happy to be taught.
Secondly, I’m making changes to my Facebook identity. After posting for many years professionally from this account, I am changing this into a page. This is simply a question of making things more manageable for me – I practice a very strict separation of my personal and private profiles and this helps me do that. The change is that I’ll be running a professional page, and will close my other account.
Just a few words on that: I don’t connect to colleagues (not even former ones), students, alumni or other professional contacts on my personal Facebook account. Nothing personal, it’s a matter of policy to keep my identities separate. I will still be reachable – actually with a much better response time as I won’t be juggling accounts anymore – to anyone wanting to get in touch via Facebook. I will send around an update notification to my current contacts, so they can find the page and stay in touch this way.