Monday AM August 24th, 2009

According to a new survey, nearly half of executives are uncomfortable being “friended” on Facebook by work colleagues or by people they manage. Ed Mayberry reports.


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It’s a dilemma to receive a Facebook “friend” request from someone you’d rather not add to your network.  But an Office Team survey says 48 per cent of executives polled are uncomfortable being “friended” by the employees they manage.  Some 47 per cent are uncomfortable being “friended” by their bosses.  Office Team’s Adrian Keally says the line between personal and professional has grown increasingly blurred as more people use social networking Web sites for business purposes.  Those quizzes and fan pages can be problematic.

“Anytime you decide to maybe be a fan of a certain page or site or take those quizzes or post to certain quizzes, you can’t change the privacy setting.  So you are opening the door for anyone to be able to see that.  And again, it’s just another way you’re creating a digital footprint for yourself.  And no one’s saying don’t do it.  I would just say, you know, be cautious of quizzes you’re taking, fans of certain pages, and what light that’s shining on you.”

Keally says there are ways to handle Facebook situations.

“Course, there’s going to be friends on there, but if you’re going to invite co-workers, people that you may have contact with and networking groups or clients, you know you should be really careful about the way that you set up your settings.  You should, you know, you can create a list for co-workers or, you know, a professional list and change those settings so that they’re not able to view everything that may be on your Facebook page.  You can kind of pick and choose what you want them to be able to view.”

Keally says familiarize yourself with privacy settings and create different friends lists to control how and with whom information is shared.  Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.


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