I tweeted a friend’s WSJ post, and he asked me why the update didn’t show up on my Facebook status. Damn, I was afraid someone would ask me that someday. The reason is that I use extremely precise and entirely idiosyncratic rules for how I publish personal social media. Here is a cheat sheet:
|social site||receives from||publishes to||primary purpose|
|FriendFeed||no external publishing||for both personal and professional contacts to get mostly personal updates from me|
|no external sources||FriendFeed||for me to broadcast updates to contacts as well as strangers|
|ginsudo blog||Flickr||FriendFeed, LinkedIn||open publication of longer form pieces, often for blatant self-promotion|
|ginsudo blog||no external publishing||distributes professional info only, to professional contacts only|
|Flickr||no external sources||Facebook, FriendFeed, ginsudo blog||photo sharing for contacts and strangers|
|FriendFeed||Twitter, Flickr, ginsudo blog||Facebook (thru FF app)||for social media junkies to get as much public me as there is, without much personal detail|
|Google profile||no external sources||open publication||in case someone Googling me searches for “gene yoon” instead of “ginsu yoon”|
|Picasa||Picasa desktop||private links only||photo sharing for family and friends|
|private blog||no external sources||no open publication||therapy notes, homemade platitudes, risqué pictures, cartoons, country music lyrics|
To the untrained eye, this may seem somewhat insane – that’s ridiculous, it’s completely insane.
Updated 29 Apr 2010: Finally decided what I wanted to do since Facebook acquired FriendFeed. Going to hook up blog, Flickr and Twitter directly to Facebook, disconnect FriendFeed app from Facebook. This means that the things that I previously shared to siloed audiences, I now share to all audiences, and I share them through Facebook as a central sharing point. Which of course, is exactly what Facebook wanted from the FriendFeed acquisition.