Update 09/25/12 : There is an updated version of this post, its is located at: How to Create a Facebook List to Organize your Friends.
This post is a continuation of an entry I wrote in June.
At first glance, one would not think of Facebook as a professional networking site. When I finally signed up over a year ago, I was shocked at the number of business contacts that I had that were already on Facebook. I quickly learned that I had to learn how to keep professional and personal sides of my Facebook account separate.
Here are a few tips that have helped me keep my two worlds apart:
- Create Friend Lists: Separate your friends based on how you met them, etc. For example in my profile I have quite a few lists going: “networking” for people I met through business networking events, “clients” for clients, “high school”, “college”, etc. Just click on the “Friends” tab to edit and create lists.
- When in doubt, let people see the Limited Profile: When people request you as a friend, but you don’t remember how or where you met, make their default view the limited profile. You can control what can be seen in the limited profile. If it’s a business contact, they will not see last year’s Halloween picture of you being “less than stellar”. Go to “Settings > Privacy Settings >Profile Privacy” to edit and choose who sees what based on your friend lists.
- Control What Applications are visible in your profile:
Go to ” Settings > Application >Settings“
To avoid the right people seeing the wrong applications, you can select which people get to see what applications on your profile. For instance, I don’t want my clients or my networking contacts to see who poked me, so I blocked them from seeing this particular application.
- Control who finds you: You can control who finds you in Facebook, via the search privacy settings. You can select whether or not you want people to see your picture or if they can add you as a friend. Go to “Settings > Privacy > Search” to access.
UPDATE: For a primer on social media, check out my guest post on the Admissions Blog at Metropolitan College of New York.
With these tips, you will be in the driver’s seat of your social networking destiny.