Hey. It’s Brady again, starting you off with a new week.
I just deleted my Facebook account. It’s something that I have been thinking about doing since last year, and the weekend gave me some time to figure out if there were posts or images that I wanted to save as keepsakes. There were images from my sister’s wedding, posts about my work by my deceased mentor, and candid images of pure joy captured when I spent time with friends. The account was more than 16 years old, so it’s been around to record a significant portion of my life.
Even though work mingled alongside my personal activities on Facebook, deleting it felt fine. I don’t expect to miss out on much, and my work-related and personal communications both take place on other channels. But this is not the case for people who use WeChat in China. It’s an essential tool, one that not only shapes personal connections but also professional presence. Posts on WeChat’s Moments are visible to friends and work-related contacts alike, which can be a precarious situation.
For a long time, there was no way to separate these worlds on WeChat unless you wielded multiple phone numbers (and phones). But this may change soon. WeChat is piloting multi-account registrations. If this feature becomes available for everyone in China, then a work-life separation could be implemented more easily. It’s a significant development and a difference from the rest of the world’s social platforms that highlights the contrast between platforms developed in China and elsewhere.
Jiaxing wrote about this. You can check it out here.
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