Pick one person from your Friends list and post a compliment on their Wall. Click on their website. Check out their blog. Post a link from THEIR website onto THEIR Wall and say something nice about it. Resist the all-too-common urge of promoting our own interests and businesses.
Here’s a quick tip for you. Take a moment to check out your ‘other’ inbox on Facebook. This is where messages go after Facebook deems them ‘spam’. I was surprised to find quite a few emails from legitimate people that weren’t my ‘friends’ on Facebook.
To find this ‘other’ inbox, log onto Facebook. In the top right hand corner, click on HOME.
This will take you to your News Feed. On the left hand side of your screen, you’ll see MESSAGES. Click on the word MESSAGE and ‘OTHER’ will popup just underneath. Click on OTHER and voilà! You’ll see all of those neglected emails that have been filtered out of your inbox.
If you’ve ever wanted to invite your Facebook Friends to a Group, Event, or Page – you know that in order to do so, you need to individually click on their avatars to invite them. Well… what if you want to invite ALL of your friends at once?
To date, Facebook hasn’t created a “Select All” button in an effort to make “spamming” your friends less possible – use this technique with caution.
After you’ve clicked on “I’m Attending” on the Event (or after you’ve ‘liked’ a Page or ‘joined’ a Group – you’ll be given the option to suggest the Event, Page, or Group to your FB friends), you’ll see an option to “Select Guests to Invite” (slightly different wording for Groups and Pages – hopefully you get the gist).
2. After you click on “Suggest to Friends,” a pop-up window will load and you’ll see a page with all of your friends listed, but they are ‘unselected.’
Once you’ve pasted that link and hit enter, you’ll notice that all of the avatars have been selected.
*Please note that the process can take upwards of two minutes to complete – depending on the size of your list. When I first tried to do this, I thought it didn’t work. What I quickly realized is that it just takes time to process. Be patient.*
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has decided to allow software developers access to your click-through patterns in order to track interests, and ultimately spending trends.
It’s called data-mining and it’s big business.
Mr. Z stands to make a lot of money by creating statistics out of your clicks.
Personally, I’m okay with that. I really am.
I understand that by participating online, I am revealing information about myself that can be viewed by marketers, hackers, ex-boyfriends (the entire world) to see.
I participate online knowing that what I put out there can and will be held against me in the court of opinion and statistics; that advertisers will harvest my email and personal stats so they could send me unsolicited offers.
In this day and age, a digital trail is hard to avoid.
With that said, we all want to be safe.
Take a look at http://www.reclaimprivacy.org/. This free software will review your current Facebook settings and will make suggestions on what you need to change to be as safe as possible.
As Social Media gains popularity, we start to see newfangled ways of automating an online presence and creating short cuts to maintaining a virtual existence.
While automation may have a small role in our online strategies, it’s important to remember that good manners and common courtesy have more to do with a thriving online presence than scheduled tweets and automated blogs posts.
Here are four extremely simple points to keep in mind when building your own online presence:
Reciprocity.The heart and soul of social media is the act of reciprocity. If someone says hello to you, take a moment to say hello back. If someone retweets one of your tweets, return the favor. Respond to those who initiate communication with you and do it promptly. It seems simple enough, but you’d be surprised how few people actually take a moment to give back. The art of reciprocity will help you develop relationships with your online community.
Respect. Think twice about sending automatic direct messages. It’s disingenuous and downright tacky. Instead, think about sending a personalized message manually and leave out the business details, allowing people to get to know you first. If Friends and Followers sign up for your newsletter, make sure that you’re not inundating them with emails. We all get a lot of emails and the last thing you need is to get five emails in one day. Time your emails in a way that won’t be perceived as spam.
Courtesy. Without a doubt, a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Take a moment to thank people for posting to your Wall, retweeting your links, and commenting on your Page. Acknowledging people and showing appreciation is the best marketing tool to date. If you want people to continue engaging with you, it’s important to acknowledge them and interact with them on a one-to-one basis.
Consideration. Wish people a happy birthday. Ask people how they are doing. Post links to your friends’ Walls that they might find interesting without any regard to business. Be friendly and help others without thinking about the bottom line. Business will come from these simple gestures. Be consistent and take a genuine interest in people. They don’t call it Social Media for nothing.
“Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go”.
We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent’s research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
If you use Facebook to promote your teleseminars and other e-events, I highly recommend using this prototype application called Enhanced Events Emails.
“Enhanced Event Emails will attach an iCal file to your Facebook Event Invitation emails. This allows for seamless integration with any external calendar product you may already use. With one click from your email client, you can add a new Facebook Event directly to your personal calendar in Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, and many other calendar products.”
If you’re using Facebook and Twitter to generate leads for your business, it’s easy to experience —what I affectionately call— virtual overwhelm.
I’ve developed a valuable e-report called YOUR 15-MINUTES-A-DAY MAINTENANCE FORMULA. This step by step guide will show you how to effectively network on a daily basis in order to sustain your online momentum.
Social Networking doesn’t have to take up your entire day in order for you to reap the benefits.
Let me show you how I maintain my online momentum and generate weekly inquiries using this simple formula.