I'm rethinking that one and I'm a big enough person to admit it publicly.
I've been spending quite a bit of time on Facebook lately, with both friends and colleagues (many of whom are both). It was one of those colleagues-slash-friends that read my earlier posting and actually "un-friended" me. He feared that I felt put on the spot to be his FB friend knowing we're colleagues, as well.
Now I feel like a bad friend, not just on Facebook, but in real life, as well.
I've also had a change of heart realizing it is okay to let people you deal with professionally know that you're a real person; with cute kids who likes the Dixie Chicks, historical fiction, has 42 friends in almost as many cities around the country and went a little nuts recently with yearbookyourself.com.
I often point to David Packard, Sr. and Bill Hewlett for what I think was actually their most important contribution to Corporate America. Hint: it wasn't a calculator or an oscillator (Walt Disney bought eight of their early models to use in what was then a unique surround sound system for its movie, Fantasia).
Packard and Hewlett made Corporate America a lot less corporate. They called it The HP Way; business casual dress, Friday afternoon employee beer busts, open door policies with the top brass and open cubicles; not to dehumanize employees, but rather to mingle them together in hopes they'd be more human, instead of less.
Maybe Facebook is picking up where they left off.
Last updated: Aug 28, 2008
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio