Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you know that Facebook is the first and last word in social networking. Everyone has a Facebook account – from your local store to the 10-year old school child. Because of this ability to be completely connected to everyone in your entire life, keeping a Facebook page for a professional business can be tricky.
For the most part, I use Facebook strictly for personal matters. I am friends only with friends I know in the “real” world (as opposed to my “virtual” online friends) and with family, of course. I chat with friends on Facebook and upload personal photos to share with family who are far away. I hope this doesn’t make readers from my professional life feel left out. You can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SQLAuth, but you should know that Twitter is probably the better place to find updates about SQL Server and my blog (you can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pinaldave).
There are definitely businesses who keep in touch with their clients using Facebook, but I felt the need to keep my personal and professional life separate. That’s why I was so excited to find out Google was coming out with their own social media site, Google+. On Google+ I post some personal things as well, and there is a lot of overlap between what I put on Facebook and what I put on Google+. But since Google+ has become so popular amongst the “techie” crowd, I have found that it’s a good place to follow some of the stars of the Microsoft world, like Scott Hanselman and Buck Woody.
If you are also a member of Google+, I am looking to expand my circle there. You can find me at https://plus.google.com/104990425207662620918/posts. Google+ is the newest face in the social media world, and it still hasn’t found a good footing between personal and professional yet. That’s why I felt it would be a good idea to jump on the site early and help them determine which way to go. Maybe someday it will be a place where business and personal can mix.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)