It's no news that we Real Estate professionals should log into the social networking craze as shown by all of us reading this on Active Rain. But when one of our office folks recently told me that I had to dedicate Facebook to business for optimum success, I said, "Whoa! Wait a minute...not my Facebook, too!"
Let's face it: I have been happily blown away by all the high school and college chums that have resurfaced. I even don't mind the ghosts from the past that have haunted my friend requests. Heck, a friend from California and I have a bloody battle raging with the "Know It All" quiz application. I love my business and my clients dearly, but I simply couldn't see myself logging on to Facebook day after day and having to "be careful" with how I react to friends' and families' cryptic and sly status updates. I'll do anything for business, but PLEASE, don't take my Facebook away!
Fortunately, I've come to a solution. I've set up an entirely separate and professional Facebook site with a secondary email address and a more professional profile picture. It's a little more time consuming and hectic, but what the hay. If you're addicted to the personal side of Facebook like I am, then it's worth it to keep those horrible college kegger pics rolling!
Of course several folks have crossed that great divide from client to friends, and when it happens, they're always excited to join me on the personal Facebook site (with all disclaimers to content handled before hand, of course).
Sounds like a recipe for becoming bi-polar or something, but it's working for now! Let me hear from some fellow Facebook addicts out there.