Tuesday, November 9, 2010

if I added all my work colleagues as facebook friends, I'd really have too many

Today I had to go visit an official esque person on some official ish business. He was very kind and gracious and chatted with us as he pored over documents. He gave us a hard time but then covered it up with sugary words. He smiled a lot and... well, you know when you have to visit an official office and you feel like it's you vs. them? It wasn't like that: it was the feel of we're all in this together.

Probably the moment to remember, though, was when we got to chatting about my previous posting where I met our guest, a colleague who arrived today and also went on said visit. A third colleague asked the officialesque one if he knew a certain someone. This someone had worked here and now works there in my old posting which is exactly on the other side of the world. So how awesome that she might be a friend we all - colleague, official, guest and me - have in common?

He puckered up his eyebrows and hmmmmmmmed for a bit. Then all of a sudden he broke out in a big smile. "Oh yes, I've seen her on facebook! She is facebook friends with so-and-so and such-and-such from your office!"

Of course so-and-so and such-and-such are his facebook friends, an the line between social networking and work networking has earned yet another big smudge.

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