Because I use my Facebook profile page to post personal and professional gems, I tend to be very aware of what I scribble on my wall. My “friends” represent quite the box of “Allsorts”.
Some FB friends are personal that I have known for a very long time, others, friends of friends. As well, there are social media pals and others whom I just find interesting and have met through Twitter and other blogs.
Of the family members I follow, the closest is my daughter. I chose to friend her because apart from our shared gene pool, we share many other interests as well; politics, social equality, and Musicals. So far, I haven’t felt squeamish or embarrassed about anything that has appeared on her wall. It’s comforting being able to catch glimpses of her life float by my news feed..
On the other hand, I have three boys who I would feel very uncomfortable following. I’m assuming that they feel the same way since I have never received a “friend” request from them.
This is a good thing. I’m happy to get their life updates when I can.
Assuming we have all tweaked our privacy settings to our liking, there still remains the question of how much to share and what constitutes too much information – TMI.
As you can see, there are many way to use the new Groups. Ideal for private and “niche” communications, Groups allows you to set up a small community network made up of friends or business partners. Within the Group you can chat, exchange documents and email, all from within Facebook.
You can set up a group very easily but it might be wise to check out Jason Markow’s blog post first: 10 Tips for Managing The New Facebook Groups
Although the default privacy level is that only members of the group can see the content, you can adjust this to be :
Open – Both the group members and their content is public.
Closed – Group members are public, but their content is private.
Secret – Both group members and their content is private.
So, if you’re concerned about giving out TMI – Hang a “No Trespassing sign on your Group.
Ray Hiltz is a Google Plus Specialist and Social Media Strategist helping small businesses establish their brands and build their communities on the social web.
A strong proponent for the power of collaborative communication and "humanized" digital networking, Ray writes about social media, social business and Google Plus.
His clients include hotels, restaurants, consulting firms, entrepreneurs, writers and individuals just trying to make sense of "social".
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