10 responses to “How not to out yourself on Facebook”

  1. Joellyn Detjen


    I use Twitter and LinkedIn for professional purposes and Facebook for personal communication. My information on all three does cross paths every now and then. I didn’t set out initially to keep them separate but I naturally fell into that pattern.

    I often forget who my audiences are. I’m surprised when certain followers and friends comment on a post or mention my happenings when I see them in person. I think, “How did you know that about me?” I don’t have crowds in my social network yet but sometimes I still forget who’s out there watching. I say things to the masses that I may or may not have said to specific individuals. But that’s one thing I love about social media – it’s fairly real if you let it be.

    A related point is that I know every person with whom I’m connected on Facebook and LinkedIn – not so on Twitter.

    Thanks for your post!

    Joellyn Detjen
    Twitter | @joellyndetjen

  2. Paula B.


    It’s amazing to me what people say in public on social networks. They spew political and religious opinions (and venom!) without thinking they might be offending their connections. They talk about their prejudices, reveal intimate personal details, and make comments about employers and colleagues. I wonder if there will ever be a significant backlash that reverses this trend. I certainly hope so.

  3. anne

    I accept friend requests from business contacts on Facebook, but use privacy settings to restrict what they can see. They don’t get access to my photos, wall posts, scrabble scores, etc.

  4. Katrina

    @Anne: How do you pick and choose who your FB privacy settings apply to? I only see groups (Friends, Friends and Friends of Friends, etc.). The only way I see to name an individual specifically is to block them completely. I am a relative newbie to FB so if you could elaborate that would be great. I have a number of business contacts who are very FB active but not so much on Linkedin. The flexibility to friend them but determine what they alone access would be useful.

  5. Katrina

    Okay, scratch that request. All of sudden the info is everywhere. Funny how that works.

  6. Katrina

    In case anyone else is interested in where “everywhere” is, here’s a great post with tons-o-info on using FB for business. http://www.interactiveinsightsgroup.com/blog1/facebook-for-business-superguide/

  7. Louise

    Nice post and follow-up comments. I also fall in to the “business on LinkedIn and Twitter, fun on facebook” category. But like a previous commenter, they do overlap for me somewhat also. I’ll post some personal comments on Twitter so it gives me a “face” and I’m not just advertising my web site, and I do post links to my current work to facebook so my friends know what I do for a living – you never know where your next source will come from!
    -Louise, aka @ThoughtsHappen