How do you split up your work, personal social networks?

I just saw an interesting article that talked about how people should respond when coworkers find them on Facebook and request to become friends. About a woman the article uses as a case study, the author asks, “Does a virtual stranger really care what [her] favorite movies are?”

The subject of the story eventually created two Facebook pages — one for friends and family and another for work contacts.

I’ve actually done the same, creating my “Chris Ryno Hemrick” Facebook page to keep in touch with people I know through my client work — whether Booz Allen coworkers or the network I’ve built through my client work. This way we can stay in contact and share social media best practices. I linked the page to my Twitter account so my tweets automatically become my status update on the page. I don’t think this group needs to see photos of me with spit-up down my shirt while holding my five-month-old daughter (just to clarify — it’s her spit-up).

The way I see it, there are three types of people: 1) People whose work and social networks are completely separate; 2) people whose work and social networks are partially intertwined; and 3) people whose work and social networks are basically the same. Group 3 tends to be the 20-somethings who go to all the happy hours on weeknights in DC 🙂

Which type are you? How does this affect the overlapping of your work and personal social networking onine?


3 Responses to “How do you split up your work, personal social networks?”

  1. 1 Steve Radick June 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Hmmm…I think you can probably guess what I am – definitely Group 3. You meet me in the office on a Tuesday, and you’re getting the same Steve as the one you might meet in Adams Morgan on Friday night. That said, my Facebook community primarily consists of friends and they all call me a huge nerd for all my Government 2.0 talk. On the other hand, my Twitter community is all work-related, and they love my Government 2.0 stuff!

    I think this is all just an evolution – sooner or later, this intertwined work/personal life will just become the norm, especially as we all become more and more connected and we continue to demand work flexibility, both in what we do and where we do it.

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