I’ve been wanting to get off Facebook for quite a while – it was fun at first but I’d like to use social media more productively. I created a new page, https://www.facebook.com/ruth.m.nasrullah, which is intended to be strictly a professional page. I spent a long time today going through statuses on my personal page, making most of them closed to public view in an attempt to make that page a little more professional-looking. I didn’t really have to do that, but I guess it reinforced the transition at least in my own head.
It also took me all day to decide what user name to give the page. My personal page is ruth.nasrullah, and for some reason I thought I could use the name ruth-nasrullah for the new page, but alas, no. I couldn’t use rnasrullah either, since that belongs to an engaging young Iraqi girl. Then I tried ruthnasrullah, but that wasn’t available (presumably I essentially already took it, despite the dot in between my first and last names). Then I thought maybe ruthmnasrullah would work, but it was too long and looked confusing. Perhaps ruthnasrullah.writer? In the end I went with the very simple ruth.m.nasrullah.
The one additional complication is that I just printed 250 business cards that have the ruth.nasrullah page on them, but I put a post on the old page directing folks to the new.
Wow, that whole thing was exhausting. Now I just need to figure out how to use Twitter and other social media so that I’m letting people know what I’m doing but using the right tone and level of professionalism.