How to use Facebook for work
David Ringstrom shows how you can adjust the settings in Facebook to keep friends and work contacts apart.
As part of this month’s focus on Social Networking our US sister site AccountingWEB.com, technology lecturer and CPA David H Ringstrom addressed the delicate professional issue of what happens when a business contact or prospect asks to be your friend on Facebook.
There is hope for those older and circumspect AccountingWEB members who don’t want to share their off-duty moments and holiday snaps with fellow professionals - as long as you take a few moments to navigate around and adjust the privacy settings on the increasingly ubiquitous social network.
While you may not want them to get too close, declining a Facebook friend request from a business associate can cause wrinkles in professional relationships.
The way out of this dilemma is to configure your Facebook friends list so that only your closest friends will see what you post, unless you choose to share with a broader group.
This process involves creating a list and then adjusting your privacy settings, which is illustrated with step-by-step instructions in the version of this article accessible to logged-in AccountingWEB members.
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About the author
"Either you work Excel, or it works you!" says David Ringstrom CPA, the head of Atlanta-based software and database consultancy Accounting Advisors. He presentsExcel training webcasts for CPE Link and contributes articles on Excel to AccountingWEB and Microsoft Professional Accountant's Network newsletter. He can be reached by email at david[AT]acctadv.com.