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Are you Facebook friends with co-workers? (Friday Question #83)

Written By: Gary on October 9, 2009 3 Comments

Are you friends with your coworkers on Facebook? Have you found this to be beneficial (fun) or detrimental (annoying)? From Friday Question #83 at ilaxSTUDIO.

I think that generally when someone at work has friended me on social networks that I have accepted. I don’t really blog/complain about work, so this isn’t too much of a problem for me; I try not to put things that future employers would find unappealing; it’s not perfect, but I think the acceptable stuff vs. (what might be) unacceptable is so overwhelming, it’d be irrelevant. Those co-workers have chosen to be a part of my social network and need to behave properly; if they reveal something of me, they’ve probably put more inappropriate stuff on-line. And keep in mind, on-line I stay pretty mellow.

facebook-dummies-51Xc1yYSzDL._SL160_.jpgIn the end it hasn’t been beneficial or a problem. I guess if I do something cool or fun they might share it with someone else, but since I don’t post too much stuff I would care about, it’s not really detrimental.

When I travel I’ll post blog posts but things on-line for coworkers to see. But I’ll post it separate from my blog. For example, while for my trip I sent this link to co-workers for my Costa Rica 2007 trip, it’s virtually the same as my blog category of the same name. The co-worker link doesn’t include links back to my blog or (sadly) allow comments (couldn’t get it to work without the rest of the blog). The stories are all the same, but if I would have has something no so work safe, partying at a bar or pictures of a something like a bikini contest (but you get the idea), I’d not have added them to the “work category” and you’d only have seen them if you went to the main blog and not on the page for co-workers. Actually, I don’t really post it separate (it just shows up separate), the blog software does it for me; I haven’t figured this special category out for WordPress yet, not sure how to generate a category page without all the other junk, in MovableType I knew how (any tips?).

I know co-workers have found my blog, but it’s not what I gave them as an address, so it’s not what I shared with them, it’s what they found on their own. Since they found it and I didn’t invite them, it’s more like them running into them at the bar or on vacation or something.

I’m rethinking what get’s reposted to my Facebook page automatically though. I think I have a few co-workers and a few college students that I’ve taught. But the Facebook page and my blog intermingles so much, it’s hard to separate it…

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3 Responses to “Are you Facebook friends with co-workers? (Friday Question #83)”

  1. *lynne* says on: 9 October 2009 at 11:33 am

    I left a semi-lengthy comment over at Kim’s about this… I’m not currently employed (and have never been, in the US), so it’s not an issue right now. However, I probably wouldn’t mix my online persona with the “physical” me if/when I do land myself a job: if nothing else, I might just have to establish my “official” self online via LinkedIn, perhaps, if my future colleagues/coworkers want to go that route. It would only be a select few who might get pointed to “lynne naranek”.

  2. kilax says on: 9 October 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I think your blog is pretty coworker friendly :)

  3. Anna says on: 12 October 2009 at 5:13 am

    I don’t have any work friends on facebook.. I do have some business contacts, but when it comes to work contacts, i try to limit them to linkedin.com.. keep facebook personal. ;-)

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