One of my resolutions is to expand my social network. It’s actually a goal I continued from last year. Sometimes I project my own values onto others, so forgive me if I assume this should be a goal for everyone in higher education. Why wouldn’t you want to connect with more people? Why wouldn’t you want more resources to help solve problems, to promote your ideas, or gain new perspectives?
And then there are the people who are part of social networks—sort of. For whatever reason, they have decided to limit their social networks according to some aribtrary rule. So, if you would like to limit your social networking this year, because socializing has become too <insert NikkiMK back BACK channel expletive here/>ing tedious, please follow one or all of the <insert drum roll/>:
Ridiculously Backward Rules for Limiting Your Social Network
- Try arbitrarily limiting your followers to a number you pull out of your… er… hat. Don’t let anyone tell you there is a happy medium between following everyone who follows you and setting arbitrary limits on your followers. Draw a line and set limits. Besides setting up a Group in TweetDeck to filter your inner circle of friends is just too damned complicated. Better to just cut everyone but the inner-inner circle and leave it at that.
- Only follow people who are directly related to your field, or have a similar position and rank, etc. Who has time to follow all these people? Filter them out. You just don’t have time to take the chance that they might actually use the same technology, serve the same types of people, have similar roles as the people who are on your cross-functional teams, etc. After all, no good ideas have ever come from leaving one’s discipline have they?
- Get all you can from social networking, but don’t worry about giving back to your community. You are the center of your network. It’s all about you. Only tweet to promote yourself; don’t help promote your friends. Ask your questions, don’t help answer someone else’s. And if you do answer, only answer because it makes you look like a smarty-pants.
Of course, if you’d rather be part of a community, check out The Social Networking Girl @micala‘s blog posts on community that inspired me this week.
(Thanks to @bradjward for tweeting out the image above, right.)