I've always been keen to tell enquirers where to look for a practitioner or a supplier, but I've never given anyone my personal recommendation.
I just don't think it's possible to give a seal of confidence on behalf of someone else when I've not been witness to their entire business operation. If I've seen their work first hand however, then that's a different matter.
Not that I wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone what my gut instinct is telling me. I see many project photographs and I get to interact with members on a regular basis.
My personal opinion, on a one-to-one basis, is entirely different to what I'd perceive to be my public endorsement.
If I see a work photo I'm at liberty to comment if I want to but I don't feel I can categorically recommend a person or company, based on a photo alone.
I am not a great user of Facebook. I'm not convinced about its business strengths. I do have an account and I may just pop in a couple of times a month to see how my family is getting on.
I'm often asked if I would like someone's Facebook page. I'm not too sure if I've ever done so but if I have then it's probably only been once or twice.
I might have like work photos on the basis that I've genuinely liked what I've seen but I have never liked a page after being asked, with a view to helping boost that page's rankings.
Personally I feel that there's a moral issue involved.
In the financial industry it's illegal to act in concert with other parties to misrepresent a financial position.
There is evidence of a growing trend of liking Facebook pages just because of some brief online flirtation.
I remember a similar game in primary school...this time though, the effect could have more sinister repercussions.