Sunday, April 13, 2008

Friending etiquette

Etan Horowitz recenty wrote about Facebook in the workplace

As sites like Facebook increase in popularity and open themselves up to anyone with an email address, they are increasingly being used by people other than the original target audience. The 25 and over group the growing the fastest on Facebook in particular. Often you may receive a friend request from a co-worker. This can help things in the office between equals, but becomes awkward when it is between a superior and a subordinate. I hadn't heard this before, but it is a good rule of thumb when dealing with Facebook at work, "It's OK to accept a friend request from a subordinate, but it's not OK to send one to a subordinate."

This is a good idea to keep in place as this issue comes up more and more. It could even be applied to parental friend requests, but those are always interesting...

1 comment:

Paul Swenson said...

Bizarro... So it's sketchy to send a friend request to someone if you are their boss... I need to stew on that one for a bit.