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Facebook: Mixing Business with Pleasure By Hazel Grace Dircksen Let’s get real. Facebook is not just for college kids any more, and it’s not just for friends either. Everyone’s using Facebook. Even my mom. And OMG, even our president is on Facebook! Gone are the days of posting beer bong photos with your school buddies. Now the fastest growing demographic on Facebook is 35 plus and professional. Your colleagues will soon be sending you friend requests. So will your boss. So will your clients. So it’s time to stop posting revealing chain letters or photos from spring break, and no more playing vampires. Unless, of course, you’re planning a career at Hooters, in which case, that’s fine. For those of us with more professional aspirations, we’ll need to manage our Web images. On Facebook this begins with cleaning up your profile. Think about how you want others to see you and make sure that’s the person your profile mirrors. Next, consider your contacts. You may want family and close friends to see something a little different from what you would want a boss, co-worker, or client to see. That’s where privacy settings come in handy1; they allow you to mask parts of your profile in a way that does not alert a viewer that there is anything being hidden. It can be cumbersome to keep track of your contacts if you are on too many friends lists. I deal with this by simply blocking all friend requests. This allows users who really want to say something to me to send me a message, and if I respond to it they will then be able to add me as a friend. This filters out junk friend requests. I only add people I actually know as friends, but I’m okay with adding people that I don’t know very well yet— friends of friends, business contacts, people I hope to get to know better. Then I use the privacy settings to shield from my sort-of friends what I want to share with my closer friends. Next, I think about my connections as belonging to one of five basic tiers: a. Close friends – those who can see everything I would ever want to post online. b. Friends – people who know me reasonably well socially. c. Business contacts – this includes potential clients/partners and people I am working with right now. 1 Remember, privacy settings on Facebook have changed in the past and could always change again, so this is not a foolproof technique. Better to be conservative with anything you post, anywhere online, so you don’t mug yourself. MPINCCperspective | VOL. 27, NO. 5 | 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - April 2009

MPI Perspective - April 2009
President's Message
Positive Charge
Facebook: Mixing Business with Pleasure
The Socialbees Guide to Saving Face on Facebook The Dos and Don'ts That Can Make or Break Your Image Online
The 21st Annual MPINCC Trade Show
Connecting with - Ms. Lindsey Roberts
Student Affairs Committee Sets Up Scholarship Fund
Member Pearls
Chapter Chatter
Sponsor Spotlight
Planners and Suppliers Unite!
Index to Advertisers

MPI Perspective - April 2009