[a work in progress]

1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect

I am always interested in making new contacts both through social media and in the real world. I believe that it is the connections we make during our time on earth that define the life we live. As such, please do not hesitate to add/friend/follow me if you believe we have a common interest. Please feel free to message me with an introduction to yourself, and your reasons for contacting me.

2. Follow, add, friend: Two Way Street

In social networks that do not require mutual connections – such as facebook – I will accept all requests, but will look over the requestor before adding a contact. I am looking for jobs and trying to start a career and am cautious with the connections associated with me. That said, I am very likely to accept invitations.

3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: Guarded Optimism

I don’t have many skeletons in my closet, so I tend to give out more information than I should. It has yet to cause me problems, so I probably will continue to do so until I have a family or a reputation to protect. All I can really ask is that anything you post on my wall or any public forum about me be truthful and respectful.

4. Signal to noise: Do Your Own Thing

I usually do not follow someone on Twitter unless they have a history of useful or entertaining tweets. If it’s mostly “noise”, I’m probably not following you anyways. Besides, don’t change your practices because of me. Just don’t be offended if I stop following you.

5. Personal data and sharing: A Marketplace of Ideas

Isn’t this what social media is all about? I am always open to hearing new ideas, concepts and opinions in a respectful and informational setting. If you find something interesting, or disagree with me, let me know. I’d like to discuss it with you.

6. My networking needs and uses: Come Together (The Beatles’ version, NOT Aerosmith’s)

I believe that all social networking sites should serve the same general purpose. Certainly my Facebook profile has differences from my LinkedIn profile, but they all serve to stay connected with the people in my life and to make new contacts. Social networking is not a job search engine. All of my social media networks are used to stay connected in a digital world.