Last week I wrote a post saying that social media isn’t for everyone. Well, some folks have found their way into the social media world and have gone gangbusters with it. This is both good and bad; I’m here to talk about some of the bad.

Without a doubt, the big 3 of social media right now are Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Depending on your business, embracing one of those 3 will definitely help you get a lot of visibility. Some folks new to social media, yet very enthusiastic about it at the same time, have gotten into all 3 and are really feeling it.

However, there are some downsides of it for the rest of us. Here are a few things that I believe we don’t want to encourage all that often.

1. Don’t put all your tweets on your Facebook page, and almost none of them on your LinkedIn page. I’m not going to lie; I cringe when I see all those Twitter messages showing up in my stream on Facebook at the same time. Not like there isn’t enough to go through already, right? Especially from people who tweet a lot; it just becomes overwhelming. Some tweets definitely work in both places.

The same can’t be said for LinkedIn. LinkedIn is business networking; it needs to be held to a different standard. There’s nothing saying that something you posted on Twitter might not be legitimate to post on LinkedIn as well. It’s just that the way the message is delivered needs to be different. After all, Twitter is set up for very short messages; how do you convey yourself as a business professional on LinkedIn if you’re trying to do that same type of thing?

2. Be relatively discreet if you’re going to try to drive people to one of your other social media areas. Don’t keep putting a message out on LinkedIn to join your Facebook page; it totally takes away from attracting people to just join you on LinkedIn. The same goes for Twitter. It doesn’t hurt to mention here and there that you have a Facebook business page or a LinkedIn account, but doing it over and over diminishes the business aspects of each.

3. Be really discreet in whom you’re inviting to your Facebook account. Let’s face this fact; almost no one only has business messages showing up in their Facebook stream. Unless you block your wall entirely, which one of my Facebook friends has, you’re going to end up having messages show up that you might not want everyone you’re courting for business to see. As you notice on this blog, I have that Facebook badge directing people to my business page on that site. I don’t have anyone going to my main page, although they may end up there eventually.

4. Remember that you’re presenting yourself differently in each media. Your LinkedIn profile should be different than your Facebook business profile, and certainly much different than how you present yourself on Twitter.

Your LinkedIn profile should read more like a resume of sorts. You want to highlight things you’ve done as well as your business. The idea is to get people to contact you for business, pure and simple.

Your Facebook business page, if you have one, will only talk about the business or businesses you presently have and nothing else. You will pop information in there to help lend credence to your authority and hopefully try to get people engaged. LinkedIn isn’t great for engagement unless you join a separate group of some kind.

Twitter, for a business sense, is where you get to show some personality while highlighting some business issues, specials, etc. Done properly, you’ll show a nice mix of engagement and information, and hopefully people will pick up on it and then visit you in some capacity.

In all 3 cases, they need to be “you”, or a representation of your business, yet you should set about presenting yourself differently to fit the medium.

By the way, I will say there’s one thing where you should be linking the 3 in some fashion. If you write a blog, you need to find a way to make sure your blog posts show up on all 3 sites somewhere. That’s not quite linking these 3 as much as linking to all 3, but I wanted to get it out there because I think this is an important way to drive traffic to your business.

And there you go; my thoughts on it at least. How are you using these social media outlets, and are you trying to be different, or just pumping information out to see what catches on?

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