Do you accept your co-workers as friends on facebook? (or twitter or other social media)
When I started Facebook 2 years ago, I thought it was just for close friends. I quickly received friend requests from everyone I grew up with, went to college with, worked with, etc. I tried creating rules like no current co-workers, no one I don't remember and no one I don't know. Before the first year was up I was friended by a co-worker so I could connect with someone on his friend list. Then more co-workers contacted me and I thought why not. By now my barriers are so broken down my list includes the following:
- everyone from the church I grew with that has a facebook account
- high school friends
- classmates from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
- coffee house co-worker in Pittsburgh
- classmates from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
- people I worked with in California from 2002 - '03
- people I've worked with in Florida from 2004 - now
- blogger friends
- and finally almost everyone I'm currently work with barring the exception of my boss, but since the Director of Ops friended me there is not much that won't potentially filter to the top.This list includes a wide range of beliefs and political views. It's common to read opposite views on abortion, politics and religion on a daily basis on my wall. I find it fascinating that I know such a wide range of people and I think it's a reflection of myself as an accepting individual.
Initially I wanted privacy in my Facebook page to post things I'd want close friends to read but after collecting this wide range of friends I keep comments general and family related. I firmly believe that nothing should be written in digital form that one would regret the entire world reading.