Facebook: Are Your Friends Trusted Sources or Naggy Noisemakers?

People have been worrying for a long time about mixing business and pleasure on Facebook. Much of the conversation centers around how much of their personal lives people want to reveal to colleagues and bosses. But lately I’ve been interested in the flip side of this. How and how much should people talk about their businesses, their work, or their causes on Facebook or other social networking sites?

The answer depends on how interesting your work, your business and your causes are to your friends. If what you post is interesting or useful, your friends will view you as a trusted source, someone they turn to for inside information, much like a personal news service. But if it’s all self-promotional blather, your friends will vote with their mice by either silencing you (using the handy Facebook “hide” feature), or worse, hitting the “unfriend” button on the bottom left of the page.

It’s one thing to see friends promoting their own interests, but now companies are paying people with large social networks to tout their brands on Twitter. {Read the rest on Yahoo!}

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Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

A closing post for the Shifting Careers blog.

Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

A closing post for the Shifting Careers blog.

When to Work for Nothing

Michelle Goodman, the author of a new book on managing a freelance career, writes a guest post on when it makes sense to work for free.

When to Work for Nothing

Politicos Scramble for New Jobs, Like So Many Other Americans

Karl Rove, formerly of the Bush White House, on Fox News, where he is an analyst. (Photo: Fox News) As President-elect Obama chooses his transition team, one thing is for certain: thousands of politicos in both parties are looking for new jobs. This morning I was a guest on WNYC Radio's "The Takeaway" with John [...]

Politicos Scramble for New Jobs, Like So Many Other Americans

The Care and Feeding of Entrepreneurs

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Moving Overseas For Work and Adventure

Rachel Nolan, a recent Harvard graduate, visits the Shifting Careers blog to talk about her decision to move overseas to try to establish her career as a journalist.

Moving Overseas For Work and Adventure


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