Facing Your Boss on Facebook


1208353939I love Facebook. There’s something appealing about having a place to see the number of friends you have, what their moods are, and pictures from whatever they were up to last weekend. It’s also an easy way to keep tabs on people I don’t see as much as I’d like, or local politicians who are down with the internet.

But I never really worried about my boss keeping tabs on my Facebook status updates.

Not that I’ve ever had a boss with a Facebook page. Even the internet-savvy editor of this website doesn’t have a profile. But maybe that’s a good thing, according to Sue Murphy, a manager with a human resources trade group.

“If you are someone who likes to go to a lot of parties and you have pictures of yourself hanging upside down with a keg, the average person will form an impression of you as that individual. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”

Most young professionals gave up keg stands once they started paying back their student loans. My friends and I drink wine and post pictures of our best America’s Next Top Model impressions.

A Michael Scott-type boss could be problematic for an employee, but I grew up in the age of the internet and know that privacy is an illusion. So I’m going to keep posting dorky pictures and hope my boss doesn’t develop an interest in being my online pal. (ed. note: He won’t).