Modern Etiquette - Friending the boss on Facebook: Fun or foolish?

Mon Sep 2, 2013 9:07am EDT
 
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By Mary M. Mitchell

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Everybody likes to make a good first impression. Even more - maintain a great relationship.

For those of you who are in-person communication geniuses, keep this in mind: the game is changed on social media.

What you might convey in person, might not be appropriate typed online. Before you know it, you may have crossed that fine line to find yourself "unfriended".

How do you know when you're about to go too far with what you are planning to write or post?

This guide on social media manners will help you navigate through a few critical situations.

Friending Your Boss

This is where you must be strategic. Friending your boss on Facebook can either strengthen your relationship or get you fired in a hot second. To be safe, it's best to keep your personal and professional worlds separate.

However, if your company's culture fosters strong relational bonds - and both parties consent to the "add" - by all means click away.   Continued...