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Addendum to Making the Case for Internet Networking Sites: To Friend or Not to Friend Your Boss on Facebook?

Addendum to Making the Case for Internet Networking Sites:  To Friend or Not to Friend Your Boss on Facebook?

In my entry dated November 21, 2008, I discussed the benefits of paralegals using Facebook to build professional relationships, but pointed out that users should use this resource carefully, especially if their profiles can be viewed by other professionals.

In his article, “Should Your Boss Be Your Facebook Friend?”, Anthony Balderrama, a writer for CareerBuilder.com, asks a key question which most of us have to deal with sooner or later. Mr. Balderrama interviewed Patrice-Ann Rutledge, author of “The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking”, who summarizes the risks of allowing your supervisors to see your profile in a nutshell:

Unprofessional online content, or “digital dirt”as it’s often called, is a problem that goes beyond Facebook. Anything you post online is essentially public and can affect your career and job prospects, both positively and negatively.

Mr. Balderrama states a cardinal rule for using internet networking sites:

You should be monitoring your online content as though your current and future bosses can see it, even if they aren’t on your buddy list.

The term “digital dirt” is apt. If you would not air aspects of your life that might hurt you professionally in a meeting, then do not air them on Facebook (or anywhere else on the Internet) instead. If professional colleagues have access to your internet profiles, then monitoring your content to reflect the image you want the world (or your boss and your co-workers) to see is crucial. Having fun with like-minded professionals and sharing your sparkling personality is altogether different from sharing information which might give rise to some painful questions during a future job interview.

I work for terrific attorneys and am friends with three of them on Facebook. (The remaining attorney would likely also be a friend if he had a clue that Facebook exists). Several of my co-workers are also Facebook buddies and while we are already close, we are able to share even more of our lives via Facebook, including those all important kid pictures, good karma and virtual mixed drinks.

Are you Facebook friends with your boss?

See the full article “Should Your Boss Be Your Facebook Friend?” at http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1082-The-Workplace-Should-Your-Boss-Be-Your-Facebook-Friend/?ArticleID=1082&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=6eea756029754f609d7ca83788fdd86e-284674390-RN-4&ns_siteid=ns_us_g_should%20your%20boss%__

One Response to Addendum to Making the Case for Internet Networking Sites: To Friend or Not to Friend Your Boss on Facebook?

  1. “You should be monitoring your online content as though your current and future bosses can see it, even if they aren’t on your buddy list.”

    Especially when sites like Facebook offer different viewing options such as Everyone, Everyone in Network, Friends of Friends, Friends only, Just me.

    Are any of your friends friends with your boss? Is your content available to be viewed by Friends of Friends?

    Gotcha!

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