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March 26, 2009

Twitter vs. Facebook

Filed under: Spirals — kmmorten @ 9:00 am
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Everywhere I go it seems like I can’t get away from this social media frenzy- it’s haunting me. I have a Myspace account. I have a Twitter account. I have a Facebook account. Although there are hundreds of other social media sites, these three are just about the only ones that I can keep up with on a daily basis. Each of them has their own unique features, which is why I use them for different reasons.

Bill Sledzik’s blog, How do you use Facebook? And does it really Matter? discusses how he uses Facebook. He has fun with it and doesn’t over think it, which is exactly my outtake on it as well. I use mine as a personal space where I can talk to my friends that I know personally. I don’t accept random strangers or professors because I think school and work should be separate from your personal life.

I started my Facebook account when I was in high school so mine is mostly a collaboration of my crazy college years. I must admit my page isn’t exactly what you would call squeaky clean and isn’t something that I would want future employers looking at. Luckily, Facebook has the option of setting your profile to private or a limited view.

Now that the older generation is flocking to Facebook, I’m starting to debate whether or not I should clean my account up. Just last week I had a friend request from my aunt and uncle. Weird? Yes. However, whether I like it or not, the older generation is jumping on the social media bandwagon.

On the other end of the social media spectrum, I use my Twitter account as a professional tool…well, kind of. I do post personal tweets, but I make sure they are always clean and won’t come back to bite me in the butt. I don’t post tweets about how hungover I am, how much I hate work/school or how drunk I got last night. I follow my professors on Twitter, and they follow me. It’s interesting to see what mentors like your professors are thinking or doing outside of class.

So there you have it. This is how I manage two social media sites for two very different reasons. I get to talk to my friends on a personal level on Facebook, and talk to everyone on a professional level on Twitter. I get the best of both worlds.

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9 Comments »

  1. I think it is best to always be weary of what you say in any account. A rule of thumb I follow is if I would feel comfortable shouting out in a public place what I am saying, then I will post it without hesitation.

    Even you think you can delete it later, there will always be some record of your post and you have to remember that when you choose to use the social media sites as communication tools (or the internet for that matter).

    Plus you have to realize that our laws are very outdated compared to the internet and things like libel can be proven easily with these records.

    Comment by mjcavaleri — March 29, 2009 @ 2:31 am | Reply

  2. You have brought up a good point about Facebook. I have had my Facebook account throughout college and there are some pictures and wall posts that I would not want a potential employeer or my mom and dad seeing. They are not bad things but still they are private and should be kept that way. After reading your post I have decided to clean my account up a little. You never know who is looking even if you di have privacy settings..you still just never know!

    Comment by allund — March 29, 2009 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  3. I like what you said about using Facebook for fun and Twitter for business. I created my facebook in high school as well, and there are pictures on there that are for me and my friends. Does not mean they are bad photos, but I don’t think my future employers want to see me dressed up for the prom or my trip to Sedona. It is my personal space. My twitter account on the other hand I use to follow what people are saying. I am following a few PR practitioners, a few professors, politicians and friends. I like that Twitter is can be my professional front in my social media world.

    Comment by tmpace — March 29, 2009 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  4. I think its important to keep your Facebook just as clean as your twitter account. I know you may think you have away around it by not accepting requests from certain people or blocking photos. However, you might have missed a preference that blocks people from your network from seeing your pictures or your wall or whatever it may be. Now that we know employers are on Facebook, it is our personal responsibility to project a positive image of ourselves and be accountable. Its just something to be aware of. Don’t think that your personal information is ever safe on the internet.

    Comment by elwhite2 — March 29, 2009 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah it is weird getting friend requests from my relatives! Facebook just provides that type of arena where you can look back and be embarrassed about what has been posted about you. This is especially true in picture tagging. You can only have one picture on Twitter so to me I feel it has more of a professional/networking purpose.

    I use facebook to connect with people I have lost touch with because it’s just so easy. No more rolodex or losing phone number on your cell phone or blackberry device. It’s all just a click away.

    If you do add relatives, do you only let them see your limited profile?

    Comment by gbohulan — March 30, 2009 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  6. This is interesting to think about. I think that those of us who started our Facebooks while in high school or during college view it as more of a relaxed network of friendships, not to be mixed with our work environments. After all, the only ones who could originally sign up for a Facebook were college students. Now, though, everyone has one. So, I think this allows for a big mix of ways people are using Facebook. While Twitter might be a little more popular right now in the professional realm, who knows what it could grow into. I know more and more people signing up for an account everyday. I don’t think we need to keep everything that we put online extremely professional, unless it’s on a site like LinkedIn, because most people do understand that everyone has a some sort of private life outside of work and professional environments. I definitely is a good idea to keep in mind that there’s always a way for people to see anything you put online, no matter how “private” you think your settings are.

    Comment by cafuller — March 30, 2009 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  7. I totally understand the idead of two worlds with Facebook and Twitter, but I have to admitt that this is exactly the reason I don’t have a Facebook. It is not that I am worried that my posts might be to risky for potential employers to see, but what other people post to me! I can think of a good handful of people who would post risky things in comments that would make me look bad. I like twitter because you while you can follow people, unless you set up your account so everyone can see your replies, the only thing people see is what you post. It’s controllable and that’s the way I like it.

    Comment by Nancy Flores — March 30, 2009 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  8. I agree that having my extended family friend requesting me on Facebook is a little weird..but I took the approach of throwing my hands up and just facing it. I think it’s actually brought us closer because they now know me as a person rather then the awkward little girl that all of a sudden turned 21. I’m still in debate over some aspects, but I’ve learned there should definitely be a line between personal and professional lives, and it might be harder for me to manage then I’m willing to deal with at the moment.

    Comment by sbushaw — April 6, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  9. I know what you mean about relatives adding you on Facebook. My aunt and uncle have it and they’re 60! It’s a little weird. Okay, a LOT weird. I mean, who wants to sign on and see your friend getting poked by your friend’s mom?! Not okay.

    I think utilizing social media can be a good tool for looking up a potential employee. However, there should be a line between your personal and professional life. Some employers won’t hire you if they look at your Facebook and there’s a picture of you drinking at a bar. Is this fair? I don’t think so… unless you’re under 21. Just because you’re at a bar having a drink or two doesn’t mean you are less capable of carrying out the skills needed at a particular job. You are just having a drink which is completely legal. Unfortunately, social media can come back to bite you in the butt. So, just be careful what you post.

    Comment by kmmorten — April 14, 2009 @ 8:05 am | Reply


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