Facebook has always been where I connect with my friends and family. It’s where I share pics of my kids and stories about my vacations. I’ve tried to keep a fine line between my professional life and my “Facebook” life. I’ve tried to use Twitter and LinkedIn for “work”. But I noticed something the other day that made me realize I’m starting to blend the two more than I thought.
Looking at my News Feed as a barometer, I saw the following (and I bolded the “work”-related updates):
~ 7 minutes ago: Business contact posted about a marketing conference he was attending
~ 8 minutes ago: Mashable posted a new article
~ 12 minutes ago: My cousin posted something about Sea Turtles
~ 12 minutes ago: Business contact attending a social media conference
~ 13 minutes ago: Another Mashable article
~ 28 minutes ago: Family member pointing out how much they miss another family member
~ 30 minutes ago: Message from the American Heart Association
~ 32 minutes ago: Friend/Co-worker posted a Seinfeld video (Serenity Now)
~ 33 minutes ago: Co-worker just arrived in Atlanta
~ 45 minutes ago: Business contact just got to the gym
~ 46 minutes ago: Business contact again saying they are at a social media conference
~ 49 minutes ago: Friend excited about tomorrow night
~ 56 minutes ago: Business contact posting pics of some kind of airplane or something
That’s 9 out of 13 (69%) that were work-related Facebook updates. If you had asked me before I did this exercise I would have guessed maybe 20% would have been work-related. Granted, I could take this same snapshot at another point in time and probably get very different results, but this still shows a movement toward work and home/friends crossing over that I didn’t expect to happen.
I’m wondering if other people are experiencing this same thing?