I’ve been using LinkedIn for almost two years now, I think I started in October 2005, and have just over the last few months started trying out FaceBook as well. Jeff Pulver recently wrote that, “In LinkedIn, everything centers around establishing a connection. In Facebook, connecting is just the beginning. Facebook is all about community. And this can been seen by doing things like leaving messages on users’ walls, joining groups and having discussions, as well as some of the more social applications built for Facebook.”
I completely agree. It’s a different type of interaction. For example, today I received a request through LinkedIn to see if I knew anyone who might be interested in specific job opening, but on FaceBook, the level of detail you see is magnitudes more amplified.
That being said, I am still a huge believer in LinkedIn, and it acts as kind of a ‘tickle file’ to remind me to stay in touch with some people. But as a tool to really stay close to people, I’m now a huge believer in FaceBook.
I’m not going as far as Jeff and abandoning LinkedIn, but more and more of my social networking will now be done on FaceBook so check me out over there.