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July 16, 2008


Debra Murphy


Great post - you categorized the "main" tools for folks very well. I have a similar usage pattern, although my schedule sometimes makes me fall off the face of the "social media earth".

Glad to have been introduced to you via Mike Langford and we're now following each other on Twitter. I'm sure our paths will cross sometime soon.


Warren Sukernek

Adam, Great salient points as usual. I have similar usage patterns and scrutiny levels as you. However, looking at your framework made me question my decisions and behavior. If I use Twitter the most and scrutinize my connections the least there, yet do the inverse on LinkedIn, is it possible that my rules should be reversed or at least relaxed. In other words, since I get the most out of Twitter and the least out of LinkedIn, maybe I shouldn't be as discriminating in my LI selection criteria. I don't have many conversations on LI, so what's the harm in being more liberal?


Nice post Adam. You raise some interesting points.

I'm fairly new to social networking (I had actually been postponing using any of the sites because I just was never interested.) After about five months of using FaceBook and LinkedIn (I have a Twitter and Pounce account, but have only used them once), I'm starting to see some of the appeal, but I'm still skeptical.

I can't honestly see myself maintaining my work email, two personal emails, Web site, blog, FaceBook account, LinkedIn network and Twitter feeds, as well as retrieving my cellphone-mail messages all while texting on my Blackberry. Doesn't leave much time for FTF (face to face). Now THAT'S old school. LOL.

Keep up the good posts!


Adam Cohen

Debra - Great to meet you as well and thanks very much for your comment. Engaging in these platforms takes a commitment in time, and for those of us where social media is not our "day job" it can be easy to let it go.

Warren - Good point, that's exactly what I started to question. I think the only harm about being too liberal in LI is that I do tend to do referrals for folks and don't want anyone to assume I know someone well who I actually have no interaction with. It's a careful balance. On FB, I'm not quite as interested in seeing newsfeed updates from total strangers - there needs to be some common ground/experience.

Scott - Welcome to social networking and I agree on the challenges of maintaining multiple emails/profiles across so many tools. That is one beauty of the potential of Friendfeed. But, as you point out, nothing can replace face to face. One FTF meeting is worth 10 conference calls is worth 1000 posts on Twitter.

Thanks everyone for the comments!


Hey Adam,
Great post. How do you feel when the same person you know in a number of different contexts 'hits you' for a connection on multiple networks within a short time?

Adam Cohen

Hi Shmuel,
Thanks for your comment and question. I don't have a problem with someone "hitting me" across multiple networks at one time so long as we have established one of them. For example, if I accept a LinkedIn request first, I have no problems with having other requests come through. If they all come through at once, without one being first accepted, it may appear like either a spammer or overly aggressive networker and I would give it a second thought before connecting.

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