This post has absolutely nothing to do with clean, cold flowing water in New Jersey. It also has nothing to do with “cuss” words. How many social web sites do you use? If you’re like most of us, you use at least a few different sites. If you’re really into social media, you may use a lot of different sites. If you’re reasonably sophisticated in terms of technology, it’s fairly easy to automate things so that what you enter into one stream is auto-posted into other streams. Despite what some tech-obsessed pompous ass will tell you, more often than not this is a Terrible idea.
I have an acquaintance. We have chatted a number of times and sometimes help each other out on social media. We have some common interests and are Facebook friends. This lady streams her 4Square check-ins to Facebook. Honestly, I really don’t care to be informed when she is at her local grocery store. If she really ramps up her 4Square activity and keeps spamming it to Facebook I will almost certainly unsubscribe from her updates. (I quite love the new Unsubscribe button. Unlike un-friending which I found most people do notice and usually take offense at, no one has ever noticed that I quietly unsubscribed from their updates.) I’m on 4Square as well, and I really have no complaints at all about anyone using 4Square however they see fit. I occasionally visit 4Square to check in or to do some other activity that accrues points. But I pay almost no attention to even my own routine check-ins, let alone an acquaintance’s.
In my considered opinion the value of being on different networks is that you can often talk about different things with different audiences. The people like Susan and Tom that I talk to in #Sustainchat may not be interested in my book reviews. My science fiction friends in my Twitter chat with author Jenn Thorson may have no interest in my social networking posts. Folks who are new to blogging or new to social networking hear an awful lot about finding and developing their audience. The fact is one has different audiences on each site, which may contain many of the same folks. Some cross-over between streams is inevitable and is not a problem. But I urge you to be cautious and not mix your streams willy nilly. Your friends who follow you everywhere will really appreciate it.