Fans or friends on Social Media – Facebook, Twitter or Blogs

Which one would you prefer – Friends or Fans in social media such as Facebook?
This is my response to Jane Hart to her interesting post on Friends or Fans.
Would this depend on the level of “professionalism” & “friendship” one wants to have with “friends” on FB? I think we are interested in connecting “personally” and “professionally” to a certain degree, depending on ones needs, but would still like to preserve our personal autonomy, especially for most professionals. If we are openly sharing our “public & professional” and “private” life and taste with others here, with you, Jane, for instance, then I think we would be connected more strongly as “friends” rather than “fans”. In social networks, I think the “influence” of a “leader” could exercise would be much more important than the “power” one could have in their professional working life. And that make social networking more attractive and rewarding.
Would being ‘friends” make us more approachable, and “friendly” to share and learn with and from? A big smile, a hug, and a compassionate gesture would pull us closer together in the community, be it FB, or twitter, or blogs, IMHO. So, being professional could also be personal – the EQ embraced in social networking, and we would treat each other with respect (again my assumptions here).
What do you think?


Networked Creator

This is my response to Shifting Identities – From Consumer to Networked Creator by John

Wonderful insights. “The only way we will be able to cope with the mounting pressure is by making our passion our profession.” Would this move us towards “loyalty to passion, as our profession” than “loyalty to the institution”?

What are the implications of being more professional in social networking?

Being more professional may imply that we need to establish our personal identity within social platforms, global social networks and framework, and a changing ecology, apart from those that we might have established within a formal institution or professional framework – that is merely defined by our career at work. This leverage the risks associated with the mere establishment of professional identity within an institution. 

“Anyone who cultivates a professional identity as a company man or company woman runs a growing risk of having that identity shredded in very short order”. John

What is the relationship between our passions and identity?

Our passions often surpass those required at work, and so it’s natural for many of us to “self actualise” within the social space and networks, with the aid of Web 2.0 technology. Our creation of artifacts and new knowledge over social networking could impact much on our professional and personal identity, and such identities are often interdependent.

However, there might still be tensions between our passion as a profession, and the profession at work, due to the constraints that are always inherent in systems within institutions.

How our passions would be shaped?

I think our passions would be more fully exploited via our personal sharing within the social networks, as we put ourselves out there in the global spotlight, and share our passions with a wider community, and thus learn and develop more effectively with our networkers and community members.  We would all become both a networked consumer and creator, with personal and network identity co-exist in a complex way.  Our personal identity would be shaped by our passion, which in turn could be further shaped by the network’s influence and other’s passion back on us.

Why Social networking?

Many people are attracted to social networking as they could allow them not only to establish their own voices, but to create artifacts & establish relationship through sharing, engagement and interaction.

“The relationships that we build pull us into creating and sharing even more. Relationships thrive on reciprocity. As we become the recipients of the creations of others, we feel a desire to create for them as well.” John

I have also discussed some aspects about network creativity and creativism in my blog

Thanks John for your inspiring post.