As we set up the SociaLens website, an interesting decision had to be made about whether to split my personal and professional Twitter identity. It’s a question i get all the time from business folks, and it a question related to one of my earlier blog posts.
So there the question stands. Should i use my personal Twitter account as the channel through which i interact with folks around SociaLens, or should i set up a separate one? Most business folks i’ve spoken with are concerned with potential damage to their personal privacy and the reputation of their business as a result of a shared personal/professional identity, but in my case i have a very different dilemma: my personal twitter identity is part of a channel of 155 people primarily within my academic community of colleagues, which tends to share with each other a lot of local and academic information.
My question is one of interest. Will current and future SociaLens clients be interested to hear what i have to say to my academic community, and will my personal Twitter community be interested to hear what i have to say about the development of SociaLens, and about social media from an organizational perspective?
I don’t yet know. As of right now, i’ve decided to merge the two identities and go “Privessional”, since it feels much more natural. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.
What do you think?