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Facebook is the world's most popular social network, and hundreds of millions of people use the site for both personal and professional reasons.

But how your Facebook and your professional life should interact can be a thorny issue.

First and foremost is the matter of friend requests.

Depending on your company's policy, it may or may not be acceptable for you to connect with your coworkers, bosses, and subordinates at all.

And regardless of company policy, your coworkers may or may not want to connect with you on Facebook.

Facebook is not a place to connect with everyone you've ever met; only connect with people whom you are interested in sharing with and think would be interested in you.

If a coworker denies your request, don't take it personally.

It may be that they use Facebook only for communicating with close family members, or that they wish to keep their personal and professional lives strictly separate.

Second, Facebook offers nuanced privacy tools with more options than most other social networks.

Any post on Facebook can be shared with the "Public," "Friends Only," a specific subsection of your friends, or any custom group you'd like.

In general, avoid posting things publicly, since you have no control over who will be able to see them.

Likewise, use the messaging feature rather than publicly posting private messages on a friend's timeline.

You can further manage your public profile by limiting who can post to your timeline and tag you in posts and photos.

Even if you take excellent care of your Facebook timeline, if a friend shares something inappropriate or offensive to your timeline, you may be held responsible.

You can extend the courtesy to your Facebook friends by asking for permission before tagging them in photos.

Above all, follow good general posting etiquette.

Facebook gives users a lot of freedom to share their thoughts, photos, and more, and the immense popularity of the site means that anything you share may have a lasting impact.

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