Quit Social Media - for Your Career! Really?
I also disagree with Mr. Newport. Someone in one job or academia for years with no social media to back anything up about them is not better off. Jeff Young, the LinkedIn Guru, says you only need 15 minutes a day to engage peers, show your stuff and maybe learn something too. Should that only be on LinkedIn?
I do agree with Mr. Newport that "a service designed to fragment my attention" is indeed scary. Examples would be Facebook and LinkedIn, where they tweak algorithms and try to show you the popular articles. So ditch the kitten and dinner 'pix', sure. And who cares what trending tag just flew by.
What about the social media helping to grow your passions, professionally and personally, while also allowing you to be on fewer networks? I agree with Mr. Grant, that the right social media can HELP your career. In fact, from the original article, the following could describe Affinity Networking, and beBee social media has it:
Professional success is hard, but it’s not complicated. The foundation to achievement and fulfillment, almost without exception, requires that you hone a useful craft and then apply it to things that people care about.
Try focusing your social media where you can add and get the most value. Check out how easy it is to be part of the buzz on BeBee.com: