|Dimensions of Social Networking|
From an individual activity point of view, social networking consists of sharing and consuming information. . . posting and viewing. These sometimes are part of conversations with one or more people, either explicitly (through an @name) and/or collectively when a particular topic is active within a social circle.
In addition to the literal message of the content, there are also meta-messages related to the sender. Our choices in posting (including who and what we choose to re-tweet) reflect to some extent how we wish to be seen by our social network. And we form impressions of others over time based upon the content, frequency, tone, etc. of their posts.
Although the form of this matrix applies to just about any social network we participate in, the content may vary greatly from network to network and from identity to identity. For instance what I post on Twitter from @botgirlq is very different from what is posted under a human identity on Facebook. Although most of the variance is based upon my perception of the particular interests of each social circle, the question of personal branding sometimes plays a part in my choice of what and where I choose to post (or not post) any particular item of interest.
Anyway, I plan to go through one or two more sessions on the topic and post more later this week.