You are active in the community, and more and more people want to get in contact with you. How do you separate between professional and personal life, and do you?
I’ve noticed a few of my friends have Facebook pages where people that are interested in getting in touch or staying up to date with shared information and the latest contributions and attended events can do so without being added as friends on the personal profile.
Some have these pages also so they can freely share blogs posts, articles and what not without annoying non-tech friends and family.
But it still seems for me a bit odd to have a page with my name that people can like. At the same time I cannot, and will not, add people on Facebook unless I actually know them.
Should tech community contributors have a Facebook page?
After many discussions, some of them on Facebook, I decided to ask on Twitter. Here is the result of the poll:
The majority of the people, mainly developers, responded (by about 70%) that no, tech community contributors should not have a Facebook page.
Here are some comments (just a small sample)
NAY – Were it a senior citizens or a music fan community, Facebook would make sense. Tech has a large anti-Facebook contingent.
Well, you have to think about your channels. You got the blog, twitter, linked in and facebook. What would each add? A facebook page could be good if you want followers that can “like” you and follow some stuff. But separated audiences and “subscribe” have the same effect. SO basically NAY
Nope, you subscribe to the WHOLE person.
Nay. Unless you’re Mark Russinovich.
I tend to pursue a moderately integrated approach to work and personal life. I try to think that there’s only one “me.”. However, boundaries do exist, which means Facebook is more for the personal stuff, and Twitter more professional. Which is my long way of saying “Nay.” But hey, your call. 🙂
Personally, nay. As a consumer, it feels weird…but I use FB for family/friends & Twitter for interests so… #grainofsalt
Nay … but because I wouldn’t connect on Facebook that way, I’d use something else (google+, linkedin, etc)
I agree with Scott. Besides, FB is for people I know well and/or met face to face. I use Twitter and the blog for the others.
I prefer both profile and page, but there should always be a page whether you post on profile or not.
Yay, my non technical friends says
Yay… Because many of my friends on Facebook don’t share the same passion for technology. So I have a page specifically for tech related posts. I also don’t want anyone friending me on FB, so the Tech page is perfect for anyone to like while my personal FB profile is for friends only.
YAY. There needs to be a line there.
It’s already been done – Google+.
depends how popular
facebook nay. Diaspora yay