Yes, groups & some future events are listed, and people have sent me virtual drinks or stopped by to leave a message, or as facebook calls it, write on my "wall." And while the wall sounds juvenile, it works and although facebook remains a place to be found or connected with, applications like scrabble, the wall, friend wheel, etc let people get a more varied look at who we are
When hiring you, networking with you, befriending you, people are not just "buying" what you do. They are not just buying your product. They are in a very real way buying who you are first.
So showing them something - even if you think it's trite. Might not be the worst idea.
Should you show your underwear? Welllll - um - not me but depending on what your line of work is I suppose that works. Ask yourself if it's something you would want your prospective investor or mother in law to see? For now I'll stay with something more main stream.
Could this be used by people to take advantage of me? Probably. Do I take it seriously - only a little - and when it's convenient to be a believer. It probably would more likely be used to understand why I'm misspelling words even with a spell checker. (Crossing fingers that's so)
What I take more seriously is the ability of facebook, Second Life, twitter, and a variety of other web 2.0 tools to let us get to "know" someone we otherwise only know in a virtual sense. Like talking to their best friend before a blind date, even the sillier applications in facebook - think of them as optional add-ons if you aren't familiar with them - let us see images, ideas, and personalities behind a public name or face.
And maybe let us understand why their brain is off duty some days? Maybe yes; Maybe no. But it lets us take their pulse in a way.
Ah, are we back to Susan's bla bla bla about "connecting" again? That's the idea.
What way do you use facebook or other applications to reach out casually or just delve into who someone is behind the name and face? I'd love to hear your thoughts.