Friday, August 10, 2007

The Value of Facebook

I recently signed up for a Facebook account. I did it because, as Alexander Kjerulf put it, "all the cool kids do it." And I wanted to see what all of the hype was about. And I wanted to stay in tune with the newest trends in technology and social networking so that I'm not a bore in conversation.

I have to admit I haven't yet seen the benefit in it. Sure, I've been contacted by a few "long-lost" friends and acquaintances from my high school days, but that's about the extent of its helpfulness to my personal and professional life. There have been no, "wow, this site is a fantastic life-changing and friend-building tool" moments.

Perhaps, though, I'm neglecting some important feature or missing out on the big "secret" of Facebook Success.

Please share:
1. What is the top benefit that you have received from using Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace?
2. Have any of the aforementioned social networking sites helped you in your career?


Renee Schafer Horton said...

Stephanie:I don't think these social networking sites help anyone with jobs. I think, in fact, they often hurt, since employers google possible employees, and look them up on MySpace, Facebook, and - more frequently than we would like - find photos of these possible employees in drunken poses, etc. I have always thought they were only for social networking and I know my college age kids HATE the fact that Facebook opened up to non-college people.

Stephanie said...


Thanks for your insight on this issue.

Penelope Trunk, author of "Brazen Careerist: the New Rules for Success", champions using social networking sites for career advancement purposes.

That said, I certainly haven't made any great career contacts since I "set up shop" on Facebook several months ago. Actually, I'm half-considering deleting my account altogether. Unless someone convinces me otherwise...

Here's one of Penelope Trunk's blogs wherein she mentions social networking sites:

P.S. I actually wouldn't mind at all if a prospective employer stumbled upon my blog or my Facebook account, but I realize that isn't the case for everyone...

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