I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about personal and business relationships. The big question that comes up often is….
Can you mix the two?
Before I answer, I’ll go a bit deeper.
Should those relationships “merge” on social media channels?
Specifically on Facebook personal pages.
Here’s my big answer…..
Wait for it….
It depends 🙂
Sorry for the heightened drama as I provide no clarity to the question.
Or maybe I do.
I think the big thing to ask yourself is,
“Do I want to let business contacts to get to know me on a personal level?”
They can certainly get to know you via LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. But Facebook really sets the bar to still get to know the people behind the businesses better in my opinion.
In my situation, I will accept Facebook invitations from “business connections”, if it makes sense for myself and my business. I won’t just accept anyone.
I have accepted or asked for around 75 people to “be my friend” on Facebook over the last several years. It’s been amazing to get to know these close connections better. I’ve only had to “unfriend” a couple of people who were just not a good fit.
On the flipside, if somebody asks me to connect on Facebook who I don’t know, I will search them out on LinkedIn, and if a connection makes sense, will invite them to connect over there as a starting point.
Simple. And it works for me.
I’ve sat down with a couple of people over the past year who just want to keep business, business and personal, personal. That’s ok.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people behind the businesses, and found out that I have much more in common with many of them than I would have ever imagined.
Many will now be life-long friends which is really cool.
What’s your take on the business vs. personal dynamic on Facebook?
Please leave a comment below when you have a moment. I’d love to hear from you.