2 Facebook Accounts Debate

This has been circling around and I thought I’d address the issue as well. Should someone involved in business, especially someone that uses their personal name as or in their business, have 2 facebook accounts? One for their friends, and one for their business updates?

This is not pertaining to facebook fan pages. But actual facebook pages. At first, it seems silly and makes sense to have one; its been your page and you probably have a higher friend count than if you have or just started a business account.

But your actual personal friends might start to hate you, and may even start deleting you if they keep getting bombarded with your business twitter updates, facebook updates that dont pertain to them (business services that dont interest them). After all, they are just your ‘friends’ or even worse just aquaintences.

My stance is just have  a personal facebook page for friends, and a fan page for business.

Feel free to tell me your opinion.

2 thoughts on “2 Facebook Accounts Debate”

  • I have actually seen some people have 2 facebook accounts one personal and one for business, because they themselves are the business (such as modeling, or a promoter or such). I am still on the fence about it though, I dont want to annoy my real friends with business stuff, but also, I dont want business people to add my personal facebook and see things they shouldn’t (whether that be personal info or pictures not business related).

  • I totally agree with you. FB terms of use prohibit people having 2 accounts and for good reason. If you have a Facebook account for business and “add friends” then you can see the personal information of those “friends” – don’t people feel like they are snooping, people are curious. Many businesses and a promoter I know acutally advises people to set up a personal profile for business, then only move to a Fan/Public Page when they hit the 5,000 Fans and keep the Personal Profile for managing the Pages.

    This strategy may work by particularly with Facebook but there are people on FB from 13 yrs upwards. A local shop, teen disco and sports club were among those who sent a “friend” request to my 14yo daughter and I. This might be ok if people knew how to accept friends and then set their privacy settings to restrict access to their information but many don’t. Many people accepting friend requests from businesses, foolishly trusting that local business, do not realise they will now be sharing their personal information with whoever runs that business’s FB campaign. I certainly don’t want local businesses looking at my personal information and photos or that of my daughter.

    The more people that behave with social responsibility and lead good examples while living in the FB world the better – it is such a viral world. There is a wrong way and a right way of doing things – I believe that the choice you make shows the integrity of your business.

    Karen
    http://www.fb.com/CalypsoIT

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