The social networks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Ecademy and more are social and professional for most of us. As a veteran of online dating they are not the forum for that. So you can imagine my being caught off guard when an invitation from LinkedIn through another connection started off with “I don’t believe in Match.com!” Well, I do and believe strongly that it is wise to keep your personal life and professional life separate. I am always delighted when friends, relatives, and long lost roommates find me online but I keep my personal life pretty personal!
Aside from sharing the occasional romance with my readers and never the intimate details, it felt as if a line had been crossed. Needless to say I declined the invitation to LinkIN. It seemed inappropriate when I am easy to approach and reach by too many other methods (yes, okay match.com too.) My point is simply this, the social networks are far from private and whatever you say, invite, do, or share can be seen by everyone. While I know there are private emails, groups and direct messages all I limit my conversations in cyberspace and if I have something personal to share I take it offline into reality and with a phone call or into a private email account not simply that on a network with a friend’s or colleague’s name attached. Having witnessed the news story of the woman who found she was getting a divorce when her husband changed his Facebook relationship status (OUCH!), I know well that I want my private life (whatever that is) to remain mine and not the world’s. How about you?
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