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Combining personal & business online: 5 guidelines/tips.

My 5 tips on building your personal brand by having a healthy personal + business presence on your social media channels.

During dinner two weeks ago in Buenos Aires, Ben Marks told me I should write a book on how I – as a (semi)public person – am active on social media (he didn’t specifically use the term “oversharing” but I got the hint), yet remain a (healthy?) balance between a business and a personal life. There may or may not have been some strong Argentinian Caipirinha involved with that request and I doubt Ben rememers it. A book also seems a tad bit over the top but I thought I could at least write a blogpost about it. I’m airborne for 12 hours without wifi anyway, what else is there to do?

Personal brand or business brand?

If you are active on social media and your work involves the internet then you’re activity is part of your own (personal and business) brand. For many people the line between a personal/business life became more blurred over the last years and it’s sometimes hard to use a social network for either your business or personal network. Do you connect with your colleagues on Facebook? Do you want your family to follow you on Twitter? Do you want potential customers to see your Instagram feed? There are a few different aspects and approaches and I wanted to share mine with you.

First of: I don’t advocate keeping your business and personal life completely separate. What’s a comfortable level will be different from person to person.

And it’s also not about having a split personality: I (like to) think I behave pretty much the same whether it’s a business or private context. It’s not that I don’t talk about what I do for a living with my friends. But I don’t necessarily want my friends and family pulled into my business life or the other way around. For their sake ánd mine.

I make deliberate choices about what I include or exclude in whatever I publish online (where in my case the audience is mainly from my business life). Below are my own guidelines/tips. I believe these can be useful for you too, let me know what you think in the comments!

My 5 tips

  1. If it only involves me, it’s fine to post whatever. BUT as soon as people from my personal life get involved OR business people who themselves are not (that) public or nor that active on Social Media I become much more restrictive. Restrictive in sharing their names and pictures of them that is, I can still post about the activity.
    On the other hand: If that person itself is usually open and active online, I become a lot less restrictive. So when it comes to @benmarks I have no limits ;p…
    https://twitter.com/guido/status/675077508295991296
  2. Shares are not restricted to business related info. On the contrary. I share pictures of my home, things I do outside work, food and travel pictures… I work a lot (which I enjoy) you’ll usually see work related stuff, but not all serious. I’m still me ;). But that’s usually (on the side) intended to build a better/ more personal relationship and have fun with all my business friends.
  3. Discuss your choices with your friends and ask what would and would not be ok for them. If you never include them on social media channels which they do read/see, it might be very weird to them if you never include them. They might feel as if they aren’t a part of your life. Especially initiate this talk with you significant other and close family. That I don’t share that much about them doesn’t mean I don’t value them or don’t see them as a part of my life, it’s me being protective :).
  4. If your friends/family are also active online: consider creating different accounts. I don’t have that issue because most of my friends and small family don’t actively use social media (they are mainly lurking, high mom!) so for me there is nothing to separate. It might make sense when there is a lot of overlap and issues coming from that, but that does main maintaining double accounts…
  5. If there are offline events: do bring your family or friends to them sometimes. It’s fun for them to see what you do and meet the people you work with (and Tweet or Skype with all night long…). And also fun for your business friends to get a peek into your personal life and ask your family “is/was he always this weird…?”

So how do you maintain a healthy separation/balance and built your personal brand?

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Social Network Privacy its a Best work of IT.

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You can’t trust the new York times.

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Leadership and Deputy Leadership elections

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Prayer focus for bringing forth

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Is memory working for you?

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Magento Hackathon

This weekend is the first #MageHackDay: the international Magento Hackathon. I’m currently sitting in Amsterdam at Byte Internet, one of the 22 offline locations for the 26 hour event.

For those who have no idea about a hackathon, let me try to explain…

After the Hackathon intoduction hangout: Everyone Ready? Set? Go!!!!

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Awesome Dropbox alternative starts at 22GB free storage

Update 1: I already got over 500GB free lifetime storage at Copy, awesome!
Update 2: Now at > 1TB
Update 3: 1,652 Gigabytes and counting… :)
Update 4: > 3.0TB!!!
Update 5: 10.3 TB
Update 6: 17.3 TB

I usually post about Magento, e-commerce or psychology. But sometimes I encounter a cool online service or product and I cannot resist to share it with you :). In the same category I’ve share over 750 invites to a closed beta of Quora and shared many invites to Google+ and Wunderkit Pro when they were still in closed beta.

Today is another day for a product I think will be great: Copy.com.

If you know services like Dropbox, SugarSync or Skydrive you’re familiar with the concept of a cloud sync & storage service. Basically, you have a folder on your computer and whatever you put in there, it get’s synced to the cloud and to any other computer you’ve hooked up to the service. Great for backup and also great for sharing files and folders with anyone (even when the other party doesn’t use that particular service).

I’ve used Dropbox for a long time, but this weekend I came across Copy.com which seems to have a nice edge over Dropbox.

Sharing

Copy.com has a more elaborate way of managing file and folder permissions with people and groups which is great when you share a lot with friends, family, colleagues or clients. They also have a Corporate version if you want even more functionality.

Multiplatform, multidevice

Besides that, they started with apps for MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android out of the box, that’s really great for multiplatform support and people using multiple platforms and devices (like I am).

The most important: loads of free storage!

But the biggest kicker for Copy.com is their storage (and what can be more important for an online storage service?). They start you of with 15GB of free storage (20GB if you use this link and an extra 2GB if you tweet about them) which is much more compared to the 2GB you get when you start with Dropbox. As an extra: when you refer someone to Dropbox, they give you 500MB extra storage. But when you refer someone to Copy.com they give you 5GB extra storage which can really give your online drive a boost and gives you the ability to maybe even backup and your complete music or photo collection online making it accessible across devices.

Update: I also discovered that there’s a copy.com app for Drobo (NAS system) which I already use and love. That way, it’s easy to sync the local backup on the Drobo with an offsite backup at copy.com. Set-and-forget, really nice! More about that can be found on the Drobo website.

So if you want to give it a try, you can signup here and we’ll both get 5GB extra storage. Good luck and let me know what you think of the service in the comments below!

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