Professional Networking Applications DO NOT BELONG on Facebook
There. I said it.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I can’t be. There are now over 800 million people on the platform. I’ll bet there are a few additional folks like myself that see it the way I do. Here are my top 3 reasons why –
Reason #1 My Profile picture changes from time to time
Currently, it’s an image of me and my husband on a day in North Carolina wine country. It’s casual. It’s FRIENDly. It’s not professional. I will not change my profile picture to reflect my professional beautiful self. No siree, Bob! If I want to share an image of myself and my dog, Lucy, I will. And I do not want any of these photos associated with a professional application in the medium. Period.
Reason #2 I can’t opt-out
If my “friends” decide to use one of several professional applications (i.e. Branch Out, BeKnown, or now Talent.Me), I don’t have the ability to opt-out of my association with that application. Therefore, my profile picture of my husband and I or my dog and I is visible to their networks within…and people from those networks can click on the image to see what I have posted publicly (which is minimal, by the way). Nope. Not having that.
Reason #3 – I joined Facebook to connect PERSONALLY
If I choose to connect with someone that I know professionally to add them to my personal profile of friends, then so be it. But, I did not join Facebook to connect with them professionally. Linked In is for that as far as I’m concerned.
I get progress. I get change. I get wanting to be connected and to feel loved and to share your expertise and to…. I get it. But for the love of God, can we keep one social network out there that is just for our friends, family, personal connections, please?
Each of the applications I mentioned assumes that all 800 million of us want to be connected professionally. NO, we don’t!
So, to my “friends” that I’m about to prune – I love you. I do. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know you on a personal level or to reconnect with you (from high school). I wish you all the very best. I really do. And please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, if you so desire (or Twitter!). However, I’m afraid I am deleting you.
Someone please get this message to those professional platforms out there, including Facebook itself (Talent.Me is one of theirs, I understand).
Oh and for more about Talent.Me, see this post by Julia Erickson*. While she has opted to use the application, she explains some bugs with it and more importantly, lists a couple of reasons (though probably inadvertently) why some of us just don’t want to associate with professional networking platforms on Facebook.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go pick out a new FUN picture for my profile. Might include Lucy. Might not. My friends (who stick around) will have to wait and see!
*This link originally worked when I posted the piece. I’ve been notified that it’s currently not working. However, I am leaving it in the post just in case the error has been since fixed. If not, well, it WAS a really good article. 🙂