I'll just say, right up front, I absolutely do. If students request me, I always say yes (well, almost always). And I have found it to be really useful in my job. I'm generally a pretty die-hard Facebook fan. As a writer, it's helped me in selling books and in making contacts with other writers. So I pretty much jumped right in when the first student friended me, says Emily Wall, assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Since then, I've heard some really good reasons not to -- and surprisingly, most of those have come from my students....

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