To friend or not to friend

Do you do it? Do you post, tweet, connect? Do you (GASP!) friend your boss?

There are two opinions about friending your boss: Either you should or you should not.

What ultimately drives you to your decision? Corporate culture.

My thoughts:

  • Stay within your comfort zone. Don’t be influenced to do something you are uneasy about.
  • Employers should have a clear stance, a social media position that is easily understood by all.
  • If your approach is compatible with your employer’s, then consider yourself lucky. The unfortunate truth is, outside of the office, most people embrace some kind of social media; but, on-the-clock, many are encouraged to clam up.

This is an important topic. We need technology at home, on the road, and at work. More on that later.

In the meantime, listen to this segment from NPR’s All Tech Considered that aired today. Deanna Zandt and Baratunde Thurston tackle this touchy subject, each making valid points. In the end, it all comes down to communication and “the social network called life.”

And, I wonder…what would Mary have done?

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One comment

  1. Andra Watkins

    I pretty much take anyone, including clients, if they send me a friend request. At this point, anyone can find out anything about me on line with a few point-and-clicks anyway.

    What’s funny is that MTM will not friend his employees, but they are both friends with me…….

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