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As social media becomes more ingrained in our everyday communication, you need to be conscious of the possible need to set boundaries between your personal and professional connections.
If you have joined several social media networks, target who is a part of each network. There may be some overlap of personal and professional, but it’s worth having an awareness and plan for what information you are going to share with each group.
Clearly communicate your purpose for membership with your contacts in each network. This way if you choose not to “friend” a professional colleague on a network you use for personal reasons, he or she will not be offended. Offer the suggestion to link up on your professional network instead.
Mashable.com is the online social media guide. The site has many resources, including best practices on interacting with your different social networks.
By setting clear boundaries, you will be able to fully participate in all of your chosen social networks without the fear of reprisal from one or more of your audiences.