Here are some suggestions that can help you make an informed decision. My basic rule of thumb is: NEVER put anything on Facebook or anywhere online that you’d be uncomfortable with everyone seeing. And don’t be surprised, if you do, that it will come back to bite you. This said, there are things that I’d be comfortable sharing with my friends but not with my professional colleagues. Here’s what’s worked for me:
- On my personal page I created lists and separated my “friends” into those lists (i.e. “friends and family” and “other”).
- I then adjusted my privacy settings so that the people on the “other” list don’t see my personal posts or pictures of my children.
- I also have a separate fan page for my book—Facebook Fairytales—which is an outlet for people to follow strictly my professional endeavors.
- Another more extreme option is to edit your privacy settings so your personal profile is practically invisible/unsearchable and keep that for a select number of close friends and family members.
- Then, focus all your business efforts on your professional page. This way you can keep your privacy settings wide open on your personal profile and use your fan page purely for biz.
Facebook should be a place you can be yourself, so if you find that you’re constantly worrying about what people will think, I’d suggest you take some time to explore how your privacy settings work and/or don’t be “friends” with people with whom you feel uncomfortable sharing.