It’s definitely increased my exposure! I always conduct myself professionally but that’s something I did in the “real” world before my presence in “cyber” space. I can’t speak for everyone. I do separate and maintain my Facebook profile more for personal use (and socializing with family and friends) and my LinkedIn profile more for business relationships. I feel like different sites are geared towards different uses and I think others feel the same way based on the way I’ve seen sites being used.
Karin is right! As we say in the law, “you can’t un-ring the bell.” So, while I believe that social media can definitely be a big help to our business as trainers (again if used correctly, smartly and with some forethought), it can also hurt it if we use it indiscriminately. The long and short of it is to THINK before you hit SEND! 🙂
I hope that this helps.
I believe that the use of ANY social media has to be done with the awareness that you possibly unleash a monster that you can no longer control. Every time you hit a ‘Publish’ button you have increased your profile in cyberspace – for better or worse.
I believe that you will not do any harm to yourself or jeopardize any relationships as long as you conduct yourself professionally. If you mention any client or post a picture of anybody other than yourself, make sure it is done with their permission, also for the wording that you use.
It is my personal conviction that the social media (or blogs, even IDEA answers) need to be viewed as a window display to your business and yourself.