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Should I Be Facebook Friends With My Boss?

Are You Facebook Friends With Your Boss?

The line between your workplace respectability and social network persona needs to be treaded with care, an issue that often starts with which, if any, colleagues to digitally befriend. In a recent survey of over 4,400 18- to 25-year-olds, AVG Technologies found that 33 percent of respondent in the US are Facebook friends with their bosses. Kudos to your modern take on work relations! But be careful. Better not vent about a hard day at the office on the same space where the person in charge of your annual review can see.

Of course, when everyone in the workplace is connected on Facebook, it can be inappropriate not to connect with colleagues and executives — just do it smartly. Step 1: Unlike the 59 percent of surveyed US respondents who don't set any filters on their status updates, make sure to organize friends into lists on Facebook. Next, update with caution. A good rule of thumb is to avoid writing anything online you wouldn't want a boss or coworkers to see, even with the filters on.

Chime in: how do you manage your social networks when linked with a manager or colleague?

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