Keep busi­ness and per­sonal lives sep­a­rate:

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Pro­fes­sional net­work­ing web­sites have be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar, of­fer­ing a plat­form to con­nect and com­mu­ni­cate with like-minded busi­ness per­sons. How many times have you re­ceived an e-in­vite which reads ‘I’d like to add you to my pro­fes­sional net­work…’ mak­ing you won­der who is this per­son and have you ever met him? Though the in­ter­net has thrived on the ba­sic prin­ci­ple of free in­for­ma­tion with­out any cen­sor­ship, cer­tain ‘ne­ti­quette’ rules still ap­ply. • • Pro­fes­sional sites are for con­duct­ing busi­ness only. Main­tain this di­vide by not invit­ing your con­tacts/col­leagues to join your so­cial net­work, putting them in an awk­ward po­si­tion, as ac­cept­ing your in­vite means al­low­ing you ac­cess to their pri­vate lives too. View these net­works as an­other net­work­ing tool that can be em­ployed to in­crease your vis­i­bil­ity and con­nec­tions. While in­ter­net helps you reach out to more peo­ple, the old-fash­ioned rules of net­work­ing still ap­ply.

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