A little over a year ago, I succumbed to the hype and became a member of Facebook. Fast-forward one year --- am now a Facebook-aholic. I’ve reconnected with old friends, distant relatives are now up-to-date on all of my doings, and my travel photos are getting a second glance. I have utilized Events, Groups, and Fan Pages for non-profits that I volunteer for, and helped a number of friends on Facebook by answering their many technical questions.
So, where do you draw the line on whom to accept or invite as a Facebook “friend”? We have all experienced having a co-worker send us a friend request. And what do you do when a Twitter follower that you recently connected with, asks to be your friend? For me, this was an individual that I was flattered to make acquaintance with, but does he want to hear about my weekend plans or see photos of my dog?
Here are a few guidelines to consider for Professional vs. Personal Networking on Facebook:
Transparency is important in business relationships, but it stops at “Who’s coming to the reunion? Woot!”