I think most of us have heard the advice to never say anything you wouldn't want repeated or printed on the front of your local newspaper, and that goes double online where things seem to be archived forever.
In a business setting, I have heard that extended to say that you should never write, post, or email something that you wouldn't want all your clients and/or your boss or broker to see.
That makes a lot of sense, but I wonder how it plays out and how it effects people now that social media like Facebook has created a lot of overlap in many people's online social and business circles.
The example that brought this to mind is something that happened recently. My husband came home and told me a coworker was going to call me and wanted me to refer him to a new agent, since I'm not working with clients right now. I thought this was a little strange until I got the got and the backstory - they are selling there home and had been listed with a broker from a small local firm for a couple months, then got a message from their son containing copies of some of her facebook comments on local news stories and decided they were no longer comfortable working with her because they found her views and way of stating them offensive.
Being the nosy person that I sometimes am, I looked up some of the posts and could see where they would be offended. My first thought was "well, that's sometimes what you get for mixing business and politics", but then I realized that she may see facbook as more of a place to connect with friends and family than a business tool and probably did not intend for her clients to read the political comments (on local news stories, not her own wall). I also realized I'm guilty of posting political and religious messages on my own page, although I try to be respectful because my friends run the gamut from very liberal to very conservative.
My question for those of you who use facebook is how much do you "censor" yourself or think about how it could affect your business before posting your opinions on things and how to you balance the social part of the network with the business aspects? Do you "friend" clients on your personal page or only your business page and, if not, do you use privacy settings to filter what can be seen or just leave it all public and not worry about what others may think?