- Inner Circle: Really intimate friends you don’t mind seeing your newborn child, you really drunk, or every other personal detail of your life
- Acquaintances: Work associates you have lunch with, friends you haven’t spoken to since second grade, or your aunt.
- Work Contacts: people you work with (or want to), clients, or your really conservative parents.
I recently opened up my Facebook to find the following post from a professional colleague: “Just swapped pants in the middle of a bar in the Valley. Oh the wonders of Tequila” First, I was jealous that my Saturday had not been so post worthy. Secondly, I wondered if she had clients or work superiors reading the same thing. I had pretty much assumed that anyone with a Facebook account and a job knew about the old “Friend vs Work Profile”. I chatted about this over the water cooler and got some surprising news -- even tech savvy people don’t understand exactly how to do this. People had even opted out of using Facebook for fear of what business associates may stumble upon on their page. The truth is that Facebook can be a fantastic tool for both career-oriented networking and communicating with friends. So, here is a quick guide of how to separate work life from private life on Facebook: 1) Establish Lists of friends: To do this, go to the Friends tab, and select all friends. At the top of your friend list you will see a “Create List option”. I recommend three lists: