Alison Kennedy had this article over the weekend about people who give up social networking for Lent.
I could never totally give up Facebook or Twitter. It's part of my job to share stories and blogs, and in turn, read what other people post. (Sonya has an even cooler job, because she gets to Facebook-stalk people all day).
But sometimes I wonder about the number of networks I belong to. I think I have social network overload.
I'm on Goodreads, a social network for bookworms. I'm on TimesPeople, a social network for New York Times readers. It's hard not to be on a social network, when every website has one. There's probably a few I've joined and forgotten about.
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Some accounts I've deleted or don't use anymore (Myspace? So 2002), but that's still a lot of different social identities.
For a while I kept things separate. I didn't my personal Facebook or Twitter accounts for work postings and I set up a another Facebook page for my stories about schools and education (my old beat). But all those different identities? It was like being Clark Kent and Superman. So exhausting.
I still follow certain rules (i.e., don't Facebook-friend your boss, and don't post anything you wouldn't want your parents to read), but it's just easier to form one online social identity and post the same thing everywhere.
What do you think? Do you keep different online accounts, depending on the social network, or is it easier just to take off the glasses and be yourself?