Wednesday, July 18, 2007

OMG -- My Boss Wants to Be 'Friends' with Me on Facebook

On the one hand, accepting a person's request to be friends online grants them access to the kind of intimacy never meant for office consumption, such as recent photos of keggers and jibes from friends.... But declining a "friend" request from a colleague or a boss is a slight.
Sounds like a good time to discover how the privacy settings work. MySpace provides hardly any control over who sees what, which is why smart people avoid posting anything even remotely compromising there. Facebook offers a great deal of granularity in their privacy controls, but it's hard to separate colleagues from personal friends. Multiply (yeah, I know, you've never heard of them), makes it super easy to limit access to specific items based on a family, friend, colleague or individual basis -- but good luck getting all of your friends to sign up and use it.

And don't even get me started on Twitter, which provides absolutely no privacy controls, other than total blocking of all non-friends or of specific users. It's all-in or nothing over there.


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