Maybe it’s not the tool for every job…

This isn't not how you demonstrate your skills as an Office Manager...
This isn't not how you demonstrate your skills as an Office Manager...

So, as many across the blogo-twitto-facebook-sphere have found out the last few days, that fancy-pants business-type connector site, LinkedIn, became one of the increasing number of social sites linking up your Twitter feed. In the recent months, I’ve seen these sorts of features make my Facebook and Myspace page more social, acting as a secondary commentary system for my Tweets, and reaching out to those not yet on the Tweetwagon. So, as I did at first glance, may think to yourself “Fantastic. That may make LinkedIn a little more socialable in my disorganized social little world.” But halt! Maybe you should consider that audience. This is the place were, ideally, you are to connect in a more professional manor with your colleagues. Maybe with an eye towards sharing business contacts. Maybe with and eye set on displaying yourself as a worthy freelancer or employee.

  • Not every passion should be shared. As many may notice, when it gets to Sunday or Monday night, I’m often watching my share of professional wrestling, gearing my comments towards the live broadcasts I know I’m sharing with the members of the Mayhem Nation out there. While I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, not everyone else sees the artform and value in the “sport” as my podcasting colleagues do. Maybe in your case, you don’t want to share you’re cussing about what Locke did on Lost, or your expressed support for Steve Wozniak on Dancing with the Stars.
  • Your escapades. Do your drunk Tweet? Just like those incriminating photos and hip hop Myspace kissy photos, maybe you shouldn’t run the risk that you just put a direct direct line from your drunken exploits to a prospective employer.
  • Your spouse or friends stole your phone while you were in the bathroom…and now you have professed your love for Lady Gaga as an artist to the whole world.

Do you have any other tips to keep your LinkedIn pallette cleansed?

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