This may not be news for most people, but it struck me over the weekend, and I wanted to share.
I received a Facebook invitation to connect with someone I haven’t talked to for years. I’ve never really given a lot of thought to Facebook or LinkedIn invitations until now, but I realized that my accounts have become my online identity. I’m sure I can (or will be) judged by the people to whom I am connected and choose to socialize.
My accounts have become my online identity, and the interesting piece is that people who don’t know me are more likely to judge me by those inputs than anything else.
Twitter then becomes an even more interesting question. Is your goal to connect to as many people as possible, or to build a network of people with whom you want to exchange ideas. I’ve seen people with thousands of connections, and literally three messages sent. It is an ongoing cycle of needless connections. So what’s the point? Why have connections if you have nothing to say?
Regardless, your online choices are the most visible aspect of who you are. Not news, I know, but still interesting to me.