When I joined Facebook in…oh, I think February, I set two rules for myself. Rule #1: If I was going to cave and join this time sucking social network that I had been against for so long, I was going to make sure that I had more “Friends” than my husband. Because something is not worth doing if you can’t be better at it than the person you share your life with. Rule #2: I would not be “Friends” with anyone who I work with, and I would not seek out people who I know that also work for Starbucks, but if they found me, and requested my “Friendship”, and they did not work for me directly I would consider the request. Rule #2 has caused me great difficulty in fulfilling Rule #1. The employees who work at my store know of my rules, and therefore have not requested to be my “Friend”. That, and the fact that they may have realized as I have that if we are “Friends” they would not be able to say whatever they want about what an awful boss I am. And let’s face it, I want to go on thinking that they think that working for me is the sweetest gig they ever landed. Up until a few weeks ago the Facebook lives of my employees and I never intersected. That was until one of them popped up as someone that I should be “Friends” with. I also came up on her page. Not because we both work for Starbucks, but because we both went to Long Beach State. I brought it up to her, and we both thought it was funny. Well tonight I got my first friend request from someone from Starbucks. A former employee of mine who actually works at the store down the street now. I accepted her request, and I wonder what will unfold now in the world of Facebook/Starbucks connections.
So my question is this: If you are on Facebook, how do you draw the line with who you will be “Friends” with, or is there a line at all?