My city has some “council watcher” types who are…well, there’s really no nice way to say it: on the ragged edge of creepy. As my city began to venture into social media, it quickly became obvious to me that in order to protect my privacy, I did not want my personal FB account in any way connected to the city’s- I did not want there to be any possibility that certain individuals could access it. However, since I’m involved in administering the city’s page, I needed access. I solved this by scaling back my privacy settings & disconnecting from those related to work, then setting up a separate work profile linked to my work e-address. It has only my “official” city photo & is set up so as not to allow the posting of comments. I use it exclusively to push out urban planning-related articles (no original content) & as a platform for contributing to the city’s official FB page. I’ve friended almost anyone who asks &, so far, have had no problems.
As for my “real” personna, I’m “friended” with numerous people I don’t actually know: authors, performers, politicoes, etc., & the occasional wit I’ve run across on someone else’s page. (I’ve also met & become friends IRL with a few of them.) Occasionally, this has not worked out so well- typically, political or religious leanings have clashed- & I’ve selectively defriended folks or been defriended. I have learned to keep an eye out for fake profiles, though. These are the friend requests I receive who claim to be what they’re not. The most recent one, for instance, used a photo of a middle-aged white male claiming to be the CEO of a company in Seattle (non-existent, with name misspelled) & had only a handful of friends, all with foreign names. Typically, their initial contact is a brief note with the friend request that’s a veiled form of “hey, baby, let’s hook up.” Those get reported as fake profiles & blocked.
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