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The Social Network Debate: Separation of Professional and Play

Posted By Natalie Hart On January 13, 2009 @ 11:47 am In Social Media | 34 Comments

[1]This week I created a new Facebook account. Having made my original Facebook account at the age of 17, and it following me through my college years, I feared the impression professional contacts would get from my pictures, status updates and wall posts from friends. Not that I was the most rebellious girl in the pack, but I doubted that my boss needed to be updated every time my best friends wrote an inside joke on my wall or posted a funny picture of us all out a bar. So, I “de-friended” all of my professional contacts that I had accumulated on my original facebook account and “re-friended” them on my new, professional Facebook account.

However, after thinking about this tactical move more, and chatting with Bryan Eisenberg about it, I feared that I had just alienated some of my potential networking contacts. My social friends do not solely exist in bars and out at parties, they have careers and contacts too.

So, I’m asking you, the GrokDotCom.com readership – What do you think of Facebook, Myspace, etc. profiles when someone in your professional life incorporates their social life onto their online profile? Is there a happy medium out there? And, what should this social, fun, and professional 22 year-old do about her Facebook accounts? Is it better to separate professional and play online?


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