Facebook And Historians: A Follow-Up
My H&E partner Christopher began experimenting with Facebook long ago. A few months ago he posted here on its possibilities for the history profession. Since then I’ve opened my own Facebook account, created a profile, found friends (both in history and beyond), and generally diddled with the site. It can be quite interesting, but it is also a time sink. We need no more of the latter in today’s electronic world.
One of my colleagues, Julian Nemeth—a Brandeis graduate student, Facebook friend, and soon-to-be-panelist partner at the January AHA meeting—brought this Chronicle of Higher Education story to my attention. Although I currently have no student friends on Facebook, I think this tip on professor-student “friending” is solid: “The consensus on friending seems to be: Accept students’ requests but don’t initiate any.”
Do any of you—students, professors, or otherwise—have any stories on friending? Any other wisdom to pass along? – TL