I have recently lost some “friends” on my facebook page and was wondering who had “unfriended me”, but, after looking, I had no idea who they were! It made me realise that my facebook policy has become a bit of hodgepodge. On my personal page I seem to have a mixture of friends and business colleagues including a few people I am unsure whom they are (who have sent a friend request which I assumed were business related). I also have a very underused “Business Page” at www.facebook.com/mattcaulfieldtrainingandconsultancy

Basically it is a mess.

Because of this I am making a few changes to the way I use facebook and social networking:

here is my new principle:

My personal profile (www.facebook.com/matthew.caulfield) will be for close friends and family only.  If you are “friends” with me for business or networking reasons please either “like” my business page (www.facebook.com/mattcaulfieldtrainingandconsultancy), which I intend to use much more, and you can communicate with me through that (you can write on my wall, send messages, etc) or request a connection on my linkedin profile at www.linkedin.com/in/mattcaulfield. If you have you own business page I am more than happy to add it as a favourite page, please contact me to discuss.

I will be sending invites to “like” my business page and removing “business friends” from my personal profile over the next few weeks and make this profile very private.

Please don’t be offended if I remove you from my personal profile as a friend and request you join my business page instead.  It is not meant as a hierarchical thing, but purely to delineate business colleagues from close friends and family. Just because I “unfriend” you, doesn’t mean I want to disconnect.

Of course if you are friend of mine who also wants to keep up with what I am doing in my business please do “like” my business page.

I will be changing my twitter feed, so that twitter.com/mattcaulfield will automatically update my business page rather than my personal profile and will use that twitter feed for business only.  I have set up a new personal twitter feed, which will be private and will be set to update my personal profile.

I hope all this makes sense, if you have any questions please contact me.