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Deb Donston-Miller
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4/24/2013 | 3:20:54 AM
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Thanks for your comments, Nathaniel. You bring some really interesting perspective to the discussion!

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/24/2013 | 3:19:18 AM
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Thanks for your comment, Eric. Isn't depending on face-to-face meetings kind of limiting? I agree that it is work to keep up with communications on social networks--work that some like better than others. I think it officially goes with the territory of being a professional these days, though.

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Kristin Rice
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4/24/2013 | 2:43:49 AM
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These are great tips for someone like me who is trying to increase my social media presence beyond Facebook and LinkedIn. Thanks for sharing.
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4/24/2013 | 2:43:17 AM
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These are great tips for someone like me who is trying to increase my social media presence beyond Facebook and LinkedIn. Thanks for sharing.
Nathaniel Hansen
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4/23/2013 | 8:37:31 PM
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Excellent article. Direct, to the point and clear.

AND, let us also not forget that these exact "mistakes" may lead one to a corporate culture best suited to one's personality as well.

Let us take, for example, Undersharing. An entity focused on discreet business, such as a private bank, will value one who undershares, yet has attended the right institutions, academies and has membership in established professional organizations.

Now, on to Oversharing. Although most entities would not want someone to share too much about their activities, they may value the enthusiasm and spunk in a vibrantly social individual. Take an after-school program, for example, where the administrators want a person who is going to have "un-ending" energy to play games, sports, and engage in the infinite banter of adolescence.

Let us look finally at the "party-on" persona in Facebook vs. the buttoned-up appearance in LinkedIn. This juxtaposition is commonly judged in articles about HR and social networks. But nothing could be further from the truth!! The most buttoned-up bankers in London and New York are right away at the pub and bar after work celebrating and chatting. And who would want to work with a lifeless entity whose HR didn't understand that?

To quote the mythologist Joseph Campbell, "Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." One may find both a rewarding culture AND a rewarding career path AND a substantial salary simply by having shown up in the right pub at the right time.

Nathaniel Hansen
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Eric Johansson
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4/23/2013 | 8:32:15 PM
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I don't share because:
1) I have nothing to say
2) somebody else said it faster/better than I could
3) I would rather spend time with people in meet space than online.

Back in the heyday of USENET, we had him him him him similar guidelines about being visible. I was a well recognized authority in e-mail, sender pays anti-spam, end-user friendly firewalls.. Got me nothing. it was almost like working a second job keeping up with the USENET traffic and helping people. Just wasn't worth it. I would have been better off meeting with my peers face-to-face and specifically, meeting with people who were not even in the technology field socially and professionally.

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