Regular Facebook profiles are for people, not organizations

I rarely, if ever, accept a friend request on Facebook from an organization, rather than a real person. If “ABC Disease Association” wants a presence on Facebook, it’s easy enough to start a group or a page, whichever is right for them. If they set up a friend profile, however, I tend not to accept them for the simple fact that they would then have access to some or all of my personal information. (I don’t tend to use “limited profile” for any my Facebook friends.) That means I’m never sure who’s on the other end of the line, so to speak.

Last year, an organization set up a profile and tried to add me as a friend many times. I kept refusing until I finally snapped and told them to bugger off.

The thing is, if this organization had a fan page or group, I’d gladly join it. But no, I’m not going to accept them as a friend, give them access to some of my personal information and then not know who’s on the other end. Is it staff member A, B or C? And what happens if they hire someone less than honourable to start messing around inappropriately?

Whenever you accept a friend on Facebook, you can put them on “limited profile” in your privacy settings. By doing this, you can block access to some or most of your information. As I said, I personally rarely use this. And if I notice that someone has me on “limited profile”, I promptly unfriend them. If they don’t trust me, then sayonara!

I say: Companies and organizations should have pages or groups on Facebook, not personal profiles like a “real person.”

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