Is it me, or is it incredibly hard to represent yourself on Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/etc without managing to alienate one interest group or another?
It’s sort of “best practice” to choose a niche subject/core interest and concentrate on that on whatever social network you choose. That’s usually a good way to find people who’ve got the same interests as you and to expand your network.
But what if you’ve got a variety of interests and you want to talk about all of them on social? I guess the option is to create different accounts for your personas. The problem with this? Keeping track of all of them! Trust me, I’ve tried and failed pretty miserably. (Perhaps I’m doing something wrong.)
Take me, for example. I’m one of the very few and incredibly lucky people to enjoy my line of work and feel incredibly passionate about it. So passionate that I almost exclusively use my Twitter to share this passion. But then, I don’t want people to feel that all I Tweet about is email stuff. But generally I do.
How do I fit in my love of films, photos, TVs and maybe fit in some raving/bitching about life in general? Well I try to use other networks for that. But that’s not working out too well. Because then you realise Pinterest is actually I really good place to keep track of email designs you like and Google+ IS a good place to share your photos.
Why? I like my social network sites to show my personality. Every facet that make me who I am. And that means showing all the things I love – film, work, email, marketing, photography, cooking, technology, baking wherever I am on the Interwebs.
So, this is me saying, I’m more than just my job or my photos or my film chatter. I’m all of these. And I’ll continue to be all of these wherever you find me on the Internet.
Personally is mostly movies for me and cooking, technology and gaming stuff I’m interested in I don’t write much about but do read about, so I’m more passive when it comes to those…
I use different social networks for different things. Facebook is very personal, Twitter is profession related, Google+ is about my hobbies with a touch of work, which is my passion, and last but not least, pinterest is mixture of all. I think it’s good to keep them different.
You made a good point though.
I tried to do that. But then I’d see something, say, about photography on Twitter but Twitter’s reserved for work! For a while I tried hard to keep things separate, but not so anymore.
Still trying to sell us on Google+ huh? Hehe. Of course be who you are, no apologies!
That’s cool that you’re passionate about your job, girl! I am too but not as passionate as I am now about films and blogging, in fact, now I love writing more than designing [which I have been doing the past 2 decades]. My social media stuff are primarily reserved for my hobby which is film, but my tumblr is solely for my crushes… which of course spill over to the blog and twitter as well, naturally 😛
Haha, and we don’t blame you for that spill over, Ruth 😉
Yeah, it’s hard to represent who you are on all social media networks but we are not just one passion, so keep representing yourself!
This is definitely an issue that’s a challenge for me. I write about movies and TV, but I’m also really into theme parks and can spend a lot of time on Twitter talking about them. I also write about Survivor and get pulled into that community. Politics also sometimes takes over my accounts. I’ve found that it’s too hard to separate them, so I just try not to pile too much in one area. I’m sure that some people have bolted at times, but there’s only so much you can do.
“but there’s only so much you can do.”
I am very much in agreement with that sentiment. I guess, the people who are genuinely interested in you and what you have to say, will stick around.
Really great post – it’s difficult to show multiple facets of yourself on the Internet – and well represent yourself. I’ve found the same issue as you! I’m so much more than just a film buff. I love TV, musicals, baking, and hanging out with friends to name a few. But how do you represent yourself on all of those? I’m not really sure there’s an answer to that. That’s why I’ve taken one of my favorite things – film – that also happens to be mainstream, and I’ve focused on that.
Overall, I don’t think there’s a perfect solution to the problem. I think it’s a matter of what you choose to publicize (and how you do it) that will represent you best.
It is difficult! And it’s reassuring to hear from others who find it just as difficult.
Like Dan said, facebook is personal, and blogger is for me a fun place where I can be a “nerd”. I think you do a pretty good job with both mixing up the content, and a friendly, welcoming attitude! Just keep doing what your doing and take advantage of the strengths of pininterest and google+.
I’m in favour of general blogs. The bonus of sharing with those who are not the target audience is they can stumble upon something unexpected of interest. If I had a separate music blog I think it would be dead by now, as it’s the movie buffs who comment on my music 🙂
Ha! Just shows, we’re all not just interested in the one thing 😉 I think Facebook is the only place where I keep things personal. Mostly because I don’t think friends and family are all that interested in the meandering ramblings of my blog!