Is Facebook the Death of the Family Christmas Card?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams Realty

fbchristmasI have been on Facebook since 2007--of course back in 2007 I think I had about 5 friends of which were real estate agents in my company that friend-ed me (and, of course, are much younger and tech savvier (sp?)).

In the past year, my friend count has gone from about 25 to over 500 and I even have a fan page! I have reconnected with most of my close high school, college, after college, neighborhood, real estate and local friends. It has been a blast. Year round we are posting photos of our kids, pets, listings, parties , achievements, sports, you name it-I even had a friend post her recent hair hilites....

So here is the dilemma-do I send out my usual annual family Christmas card with smiling pets and children to my friends and family?  Do I send a card to my sphere? My usual witty family letter was a hit in the past.  But now I put witty updates in my status, post pics of my pets killing things, post pics of my daughter in a Halloween costume (Ok, it was PG rated, she's 14) post pics of my husband in various parts of the world (he's an airline pilot-OH WAIT, he does that on HIS status on FB...).

I loooved the process of choosing the card.  I looved the process of agonizing over the photo.  I looved writing the funny family letter (from my cat no less).  But I think I am going to have to loooove writing it in my notes page on Facebook and then tagging those I want to read it.  I think this can be my way to reduce my Christmas card carbon footprint! Or maybe every day in December my status updates will be a line from my letter.......

 

 

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Mary Anne Payne, ePro, Associate Broker

Keller Williams Peachtree Road

404-580-9969

 

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Darrell Walters
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I have been on Facebook for a while and have a number of friends and have received a good bit of business from Facebook. I will still send out a Christmas card because it offers something a little more personal. Also, I have friends, family, and past clients that, believe it or not, are not of Facebook.

Nov 05, 2009 10:13 AM #1
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Mary Anne Payne
Keller Williams Realty - Cumming, GA
ePro, Associate Broker

I know--I think I am going to just do a nice photo card and maybe no letter--my sister-homecoming queen 1979--refuses to get on Facebook.....

Nov 05, 2009 10:33 AM #2
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

We never seem to get our cards out on time.  I think bad manners and a rushed culture will be the death of Christmas cards.  We will just Tweet a greeting.

Nov 05, 2009 02:40 PM #3
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Mary Anne...I can't get my wife to start her own account, But have be-friend-ed her sisters, nephews, ...her high school friends Etc... So I guess she'll do the traditional thing...and look over my shoulder as I do the New Tech thing.

Nov 05, 2009 03:19 PM #4
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Mary Anne Payne
Keller Williams Realty - Cumming, GA
ePro, Associate Broker

Gene--tweeting a greeting is worse than Facebooking --bwahaha!!! If you tweet a greetingthen make sure you add a twitpic to it! Steve--make heraddress those envelopes by hand-don't you print out labels!!!!

Nov 05, 2009 03:26 PM #5
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