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Social networking has become one of the important ways in which we technical writers communicate. Most of us have at least one Tweeter and one Facebook account. I know writers who post stuff via their mobile phones. And then we also have our blogs and we keep posting articles on our blogs too. I’m not even mentioning other types of communication that we scatter around the Internet in the form of white papers, article-marketing articles, Hub Pages, Squido pages, LinkedIn and MySpace posts, and zillion other ways through which we leave our footprints on dozens of different platforms…
But none of us can answer the question whether we are doing too-little or too-much of social networking comfortably simply because we don’t know.
We don’t know for example if there is anything we are missing career-wise or in a personal sense for not having done more. In other words, we don’t know that we don’t know 🙂 (obviously). In an ocean of unknowns, we try the best we can to steer our ship of worldly success to the next safe harbor ahead.
Here is a fellow writer, Kalen Delaney of SQL Server Magazine, who meditates on the matter with much candor and honesty.
“Just this morning I started wondering if all these different kinds of connections were really a good thing. I’ve written before about the over-abundance of technical information available, and now with Twitter and Facebook there are two more sources. If people start posting useful technical tips on these social networking forums, how can that information be organized and retrieved when necessary?” she asks.
Click here to read the rest of her thought-provoking personal meditation on social networking…
What do you think? Are we social networking too much or not enough? Please feel free to contribute your thoughts and comments…