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Who To Friend On Facebook and Who Not To For Business Owners

Who to friend on facebook and who not to for business owners

Who To Friend On Facebook and Who Not To For Business Owners

Who to friend on Facebook and who not to for business owners.

Who to friend on facebook and who not to for business owners

On a daily basis I’m getting a number of “friend” requests on Facebook. Most of them are people I don’t know but who may or may not be friends with someone else I am friends with.

As a person who uses Facebook in my business, I may not want to just trash the request. They could be a person who is trying to contact me for business purposes.

But then I don’t want to clutter up my Facebook with weirdos or trolls either.

Facebook allows 5000 friend connections on your timeline. You probably want to save that for people that are important to you, people who have a good reason for connecting with you on a “friend” level.

This is a good reason to have a FAN PAGE. You can have unlimited connections on a fan page and you don’t have to allow them to post stuff if you don’t want to. Nor do they have access to your friend list that way.

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There’s a real problem on Facebook with people stealing identities and starting bogus timeline pages as well. So protecting your personal Facebook account is important.

Who to friend on Facebook and who not to for business owners.

Here are the things I consider before accepting a friend request.

  1. Is there a picture of the person? No picture, no acceptance.
  2. Do they know people I know? More than one is better.
  3. Is their Facebook page new with a nice long list of friends and posts? If they have only one or two friends, no acceptance. It could be a bogus or stolen Facebook identity. Is there page locked so I have to be friends before I can see anything? No acceptance.
  4. What kinds of posts are on their timeline? Only politics or biz opp? This would not be definitely no. I might send them a note and ask them for more information or ask them to just go and like my FAN PAGE.
  5. Have they sent me a message telling me why they want to friend me and some personal information? I am more likely to accept if someone sends me a message. The message should include where the person works, went to school and where they live now and of course why they want to be friends with you particularly.
  6. Is it a guy with ONLY girl friends? Red flag. No acceptance.
  7. Any pornography or lots of cussing. NO!

If I’m not sure, I will send a message telling them I am not accepting friend requests at this time and ask them to “like” my Fan Page.

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It’s a good idea to go through your personal account once in a while and weed out the people who don’t participate or who you don’t really know.

Keeping your timeline clean is important to protect your identity on Facebook.

As to your own privacy settings, here are some great tips from marketingartful.com:


  • Posts by me – EVERYONE (I want them to be able to see how cool I am without having to be my friend!)
  • Family – EVERYONE
  • Relationships – EVERYONE
  • Interested in and looking for – EVERYONE (Now all I have is networking, BUT if you are wanting to keep your dating preferences under wraps you might want to limit this one)
  • Bio and favorite quotations – EVERYONE (this one is vital to showing you are a well-rounded human)
  • Website – EVERYONE (OF COURSE! kind of the point)
  • Religious and political views – FRIENDS ONLY (I don’t have anything listed here BUT no sense alienating someone before I even get a shot!)
  • Birthday – EVERYONE
  • Places I check in to – FRIENDS ONLY
  • Include me in “People Here Now” after I check in – I check YES, this is personal preference
  • Edit album privacy for existing photos. – See comments below
  • Photos and videos I’m tagged in – FRIENDS OF FRIENDS (I thought about making this everyone but it is dependent on someone else so this is okay for now)
  • Can comment on posts – EVERYONE (I monitor my account pretty well and delete any spam so I am good with this AND might make some new friends I wouldn’t have “met” otherwise)
  • Friends can post on my Wall – EVERYONE (only do this if you check often so you don’t get a wall of spam)
  • Can see Wall posts by friends – EVERYONE
  • Friends can check me in to Places – DISABLED (I don’t need my friends to do this for me)
  • Mobile phone – FRIENDS ONLY (please DO NOT limit this, if a prospective client wants to call, don’t make them jump through hoops to find your number!)
  • Other phone – FRIENDS ONLY
  • Address – FRIENDS OF FRIENDS (This ONLY shows your city, state and zip, NOT your street address. I WOULD allow access to this!)
  • IM screen name – FRIENDS ONLY
  • Email Address – FRIENDS ONLY

“When you are changing these settings so that only your friends can see things, PLEASE remember that you should assume that NOTHING you do on Facebook is truly private. I NEVER send anything by Facebook email that I would be sorry to see posted on my wall. I NEVER post a picture and think that only a few people will see it if I make my privacy settings right. If I want to talk privately with a client or a friend, I call or email them outside of Facebook!”

I hope this helps in deciding who to friend on Facebook and who not to for business owners.

If you found this valuable information, please comment and share.

Anita Hales

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  • Anita Hales

    March 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Those are excellent points Anita! I actually was looking at a few of my pending requests before commenting and noticed I use several of the techniques you mention. Thanks for shairng

  • Anita Hales

    March 6, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Great tips when it comes to friending people on Facebook

    Great job!

    Dr. Lisa

    Anita Hales

    March 7, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Even smart people can make mistakes on Planet Facebook. Smart advice, Anita!

      Anita Hales

      March 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Yep, I’ve made them all. Lol.

    Anita Hales

    March 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    excellent points Anita! I actually was looking at a few of my pending requests before commenting. Great Post.
    Thanks for sharing.

      Anita Hales

      March 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Anita Hales

    March 8, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Awesome tips for friending people on Facebook! Thanks for sharing them Anita!

      Anita Hales

      March 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Glad to be helpful.

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