I was having a conversation today about Twitter. I probably shouldn't go into too much detail, since it wasn't that intelligent of a conversation in the first place. But, regardless, it got me thinking about social networking.
I'm a huge fan of social networks. I had someone ask me which networks I used, and I proceeded to list off practically every one available to my age group, professional status, and interest group. For example: I've got Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Goodreads ... the list goes on.
Each of my social networks serves a function. I catch up with friends and family on Facebook. I get my news and popular culture updates from Twitter. I find creative ideas for my home (and, let's be honest, kill time) on Pinterest.
Malcolm Gladwell focuses his book "Blink" on the theory that you will find out more about a person in the first two minutes of meeting them than you will in the subsequent years. He cites studies that talk about someone walking through a stranger's bedroom and nailing their personality right on the head.
At the same time, there was an episode of "Anderson" that talked about the consequences of posting "personal" information on a social networking site. On this episode, several women who had gotten fired from their jobs complained that what they wrote on their profiles was "personal" and "not for everyone in the world to see." (I'm going to refrain from going into detail about how these websites are specifically called "social networking" and not "personal networking")
We need to start thinking about our social networking sites as our very own segment of MTV's "Cribs." Our profiles are our very public, very accessible, online "bedrooms." All someone has to do to learn about us is type our name into Google.
My Twitter page says that I enjoy books; music; social activism; and poignant, if not occasionally irreverent, female comedians. Someone who walks around that particular "room" will find that I follow the New York Times, TIME, pretty much every publishing house that exists, and celebrities such as Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler.
Sometimes, it helps to take a scan of your room, just to make sure things are in order. Because people are going to look, it's just the age we're in now. It helps, however, if what they see is an accurate representation of who they're looking at.