When I first joined the social media site Facebook it was just going to be for fun. Meaning, I was going to allow only family and personal friends on my page. Soon clients and business contacts were sending friend requests and I was accepting them forgetting about wanting to keep business and personal life separate from the other.
At one point I decided it was time to start separating the two again so I created a Facebook Fan Page and began working on building up my “fans”and building a relationship with them. Then in the blink of an eye my page was gone. Vanished into thin air, nowhere to be found!
So I left things as they were – clients and business related contacts/friends on my personal page and didn’t worry about the need to separate the two…until recently.
I offended a client by something I recently posted on Facebook that had absolutely NOTHING to do with my business or the work I do for her.
As I read her email it only took about 30 seconds to realize it was time to ‘break-up’ with a lot of people on my friends list. I knew it was time to separate business and personal life once and for all!
I deleted over 300 people off my friends list.
I’m not going to lie – it was really hard! There were about 100 people I didn’t know at all so it didn’t bother me to delete them. But the other couple hundred I had a hard time doing it. Some of them were clients I’ve worked with and have grown closer than just a business relationship with them. Others were business contacts – people that I’ve met at live networking events like NAMS, Mom Masterminds meet ups, etc. All of these people are important to me and it was hard to have to delete them.
Someone pointed out to me on Facebook (after I mentioned having to separate personal and business) that she has clients and business contacts on her personal page because:
People do business with those they like, know and trust
I totally get that but people can get to know, like and trust me from my Fan Page just as much as they can from my personal page.
Obviously from this recent experience having my personal life and business life intertwined on Facebook was NOT working. We all have to do what works for us and this wasn’t working for me. We all have different experiences and if it works for you to have both personal and business stuff together then that’s great!
I’m curious to know now …
Do you keep your personal and business life separate on Facebook?
P.S. I would love to stay in contact with you on my business page! Please click here and ‘like’ the page.