As an assignment for my technology in kinesiology graduate class, I've been asked to write what my pros and cons are regarding the usage of a personal website, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Of these three sources of technology, I'd say the most well-rounded source is a personal website, due to its ability to link together many other online sources. With a website, the possibilities to customize its interface to make it more personal towards my desires is almost endless. I am able to link all sources of communication to it, including that of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Scoop.it, my email, phone number, resume, and so much more. I am able to tailor it towards my preferences and promote it in many different ways. However, the downside is that websites are harder to promote without relying directly on other sources of internet profiles, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. So, in order to truly promote and market your website, you virtually rely on the usage of other technology to be truly successful.
LinkedIn, Facebook, and other sources of online media and networking profiles are much more ideal for connecting to many people and marketing yourself successfully with much less effort. The cons to these sources is that they are often designed for one simple purpose, whether its for social marketing or professional networking. If this is your only purpose for using these sites then that's great. However, if you are wanting to link many sources together and form a clean and versatile format that is user friendly and yet unique to your personality, then you're most likely better off going with the design of your own personal website.
The greatest advice I can give, through my experience so far, is to create a website that links to both your LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as any other sources of markets and networking. This way you can customize your site to tailor it towards your own unique personality, while getting the best of all worlds through the use of the web's top social networking sources available.