With StackOverflow and Careers 2.0 it's becoming easier to use the SE network as a professional profile. Yet at the same time there are more and more sites on the SE network, some of which you might not want your employer to know about. Either because they are too personal (like Relationships and Dating) or because, like The Workplace itself, they are actually about your workplace.
I am wondering if it is more professional to have a "work" set of SE accounts and a "personal" set, or is it not worth troubling to keep them separate? What other factors might you need to consider?
In particular I am wondering about:
- how it might affect how you are viewed by potential employers if non-professional SEs are linked to your Careers 2.0 profile
- similarly, how it might affect how you are viewed by current employers
- what other disadvantages there might be to having all questions on the same account that I haven't considered, why they are a disadvantage and how they could be mitigated other than by using two accounts
- if there are any advantages (besides convenience) of having everything on the same account - in particular regarding (though not limited to) professionalism and the workplace
Thanks everybody who has contributed so far. In light of the answers received so far I would like to make the problem clearer.
I would like to:
- leave the option open to use Careers 2.0 at some point in the future if I decide it is a good idea, and
- participate fully on the SE network, including some of the less professional sites (as described in first paragraph)
How do I reconcile these two desires?