Posted by Ed Watson
This month’s topic: How do you balance mixing family, friends, peers, and co-workers on Facebook?
Striking a balance on Facebook is a difficult task, at least for me. At my last position, many of my co-workers were neighbors and friends before they were co-workers. However, at my current position I knew no one prior to starting and sometimes letting people into your private life can be risky. Therefore, I guarded my private life as it takes time to trust co-workers and allow them into your inner circle. Facebook, for me, is more personal than my other social networking presences. With those, I am more comfortable communicating professionally in the social arena.
Once you are in my Facebook realm, there is still a bit of a balancing act. How should I interact with friends, family, high school classmates, college buddies, previous co-workers, and acquaintances from interactions with my children (parents of other kids that played football, baseball, basketball, softball, community theatre, and band with my children)? For example, I publish this SQL Server blog to my Facebook account and I know most of those friends are clueless about SQL Server, but I don’t always post technical blogs. Hopefully, they will get something out of my non-technical posts.
Also, I used to play games on Facebook, before I realized it was sucking my will to live: Farmville and Mafia Wars were consuming me and all of my time. If I am going to play games, I might as well use my PS3 for real gaming. I did find it interesting how upset people would get when you sent them game requests when they did not play that game and they were not capable of block them automatically.
At this point in my life, I pretty much only share pictures and great moments on Facebook in addition to my love of humor, Star Wars, SQL Server, and the Florida Gators. If you are one of the 368 friends on Facebook, you either enjoy my geekiness and sarcasm or you subscribe to the theory of keep you friends close and your enemies closer. In that case, I hope my geekiness will annoy those enemies. :-p
#Meme On! Enjoy!