Linkedin v/s Facebook – Professional up Against Social


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Matt Dickman’s thoughtful post on Linkedin v/s Facebook raises a few questions.. As an individual how do you make the the differentiation between these two social networking platforms? Everybody knows and has been saying that Facebook is Personal and Linkedin is more Business users. Matt’s Twist to the entire concept is what happens when you

Essentially Matt asks three key questions:

How do you distinguish between the two?
Do you actually patrol the people you connect with?
Do you keep em separated?

I use both. Typically, my mind thinks of the terms “professional”, “corporate”, “official” and “business” when I login to Linkedin. Why? No particular reason in-fact it is just a user-tendency I’d say that we tend to be driven by what’s happening around. It is more in the mind set.

Facebook like the name suggests is my “Face” to the entire network. It is about what I do, what I like, my activities, hobbies and more. Interestingly the common subset is the “professional” flavor between Linkedin and Facebook. However, in case of Facebook it is more of fun filled approach.

Do I/Would I mind sharing my personal information/photographs with my professional contacts? My answer to that would be Yes and No. Understandably, it depends on the situation and the nature of relationship you have with a friend of yours who also happens to be a professional colleague.Assuming,if there is a friend with whom I share relationship at a professional level, I would let it be that way. “Maintain a thin line between your professional and personal relationships”. A phrase which I’ve learnt during my work-stint.

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4 responses to “Linkedin v/s Facebook – Professional up Against Social

  1. daksh

    Matt – Thanks for dropping by 🙂 It’s a privilege.

  2. Daksh — I’m glad you liked that post. I think it’s an interesting issue that will be sure to get more complicated as more and more networks emerge and people fragment away from Facebook and LinkedIn. I’m already seeing professional contenders entering the market.

  3. daksh

    Yeh that’s correct however the new grouping feature is bound to change that.

  4. apu

    Actually, technically one cannot really separate them. I mean, a professional contact could always look me up in facebook and add me to friends there. I’m hardly likely to refuse… But….one likes to maintain that illusion 🙂

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