How to Lose Friends and Alienate Business Colleagues

By slightly bastardising the title of the similarly named film, I think I’ve hit the nail on the head of this small social experiment I’m running on myself.

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I think that the time has come where I launch myself wholeheartedly into the craze of social networking.  As usual, I’m electing to do things slightly differently by attempting to mash my separate technical, professional and social lives together.  Into the mix everything goes – family members, friends, business acquaintances, employees, the network of Microsoft folk I know – just about everyone that I choose to have an interaction with, basically.

This should prove interesting (if only to satisfy my own curiosity).  Maybe I’m wrong, but I think that most people try to keep their personal and business lives at arms-length, and for good reason.  I’m half expecting this little experiment to end in tears.  There’s the risk that clients (and potential clients) will be shocked that their technical consultant embarks on some randomly outrageous drunken irresponsibility during weekends…  Friends may wonder who this condescending business wanker is…  Employees may possibly despair that their continued employment rests on such a flippant individual.  And business partners and technical contacts may question exactly why they’ve chosen to network with this flaky personality…

This should definitely be an interesting experiment for me…

Let’s see where this goes – and whether it enhances or destroys any credibility I have in the circles that I play in… 🙂

Links to various social networks on the left, under StanYau+!

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