Recently I've been getting an influx of "friend" invites from people that I don't actually know on Facebook. Some of these people are industry folks who are connected to one or more of my colleagues. Others are individuals that, I imagine, found me through Twitter or read this blog. However, I've decided to draw a line in the sands of social media and not be friends with anyone on Facebook that I don't know in real life.
As a college student in the Boston area in the early 2000's I had access to Facebook early, and have been a member since 2004 (if my memory serves me correctly.) As such, I've never used Facebook as a "promotional" platform for my career or my blog. I've used it strictly as a way to keep up with friends, and as such it contains information and photos about me that are intended for that audience. That's not to say we need to have been besties since 1996 for you to get an add - but it does mean that I need to have met, and liked you, in real life for us to be Facebook friends. I love this blog and my readers, but there is a limit to how much of myself I want to share with the public at large.
To be my virtual friend, you have to be my real friend first. Do you agree with this approach? Disagree? Does this turn you off as a Catch Up Lady reader? I'm not above making exceptions to this rule, and am curious what you all think.