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Facebook and Professionals

December 9, 2007

I’ve just had the good fortune of being featured in Marci Alboher’s blog.

I’ve been reading Marci’s column in the New York Times for some time now. I like her approach to Small Business (that’s why the link to her column is in my blogroll on the right, under, appropriately, Small Business).

I am a member of the Slash “/” Careers Facebook group she has set up on Facebook and that is where the material for the feature comes from.

I hear a lot of fierce criticism in France from quite a few people (mostly older ones, but not just them) about the dangers of Facebook. Because they are scared of it, they won’t even take a look. Others are curious, despite legitimate concerns regarding privacy. I don’t look up the France network any more, although I am a member of it geographically, because I don’t share most of their interests (too old for that), but Facebook has enabled me to get in touch with a number of professionals worldwide, and this is a new way of looking at it.

Understandably, no single social network can replace good old face-to-face meetings (more on that tomorrow), but the professionals who have embraced it are prepared to go the extra mile to meet and connect with people they might otherwise have never had the opportunity to meet.

Variation is the spice of life. And we professionals shouldn’t stick to only one way of communicating with the rest of the world.

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