10 Tips for Getting the Most out of Using Facebook with Active Rain

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A couple of months ago I posted a blog extolling the virtues of using Facebook in addition to Active Rain.  While most blog posts seem to get a few comments when first posted, this post continues to have Active Rain members leave comments and ask questions. 

One commenter asked for tips about using Facebook.  Thirty minutes later, the reply to him had turned into a blog that may have value to other Active Rain members.

Here are 10 good Facebook tips: 

1. In order to reach the most people in the shortest amount of time with the least work, go ahead and let the site use your address book to send invitations to your sphere of influence to join.  That will get you started quickly.

2.  As you acquire 'friends', take a look through their list of friends and send requests to the people you find there who are also people you know.

3.  When you send a friend request to someone, take the time to include a personal note.  A short note is fine.

4.  Start new groups for people who have common interests.  I started one for members of my college sorority who were there in the years from when I was a freshman till I graduated.  That encompassed 3 years before and 3 years behind me - 7 years of women who are now scattered all over the US.  Many are successful business people.  One is the relocation director of a sizeable real estate company in North Carolina.  Hopefully, we'll be able to do business soon.  I hadn't heard from her in 36 years!!  Without Facebook, I might never have been in contact with her again!

5.  Do start both a personal and a business page.  I did just the one page first and later found a need for the business site, too. That page was just recently started and you can 'become a fan' by visiting 'Luxury Mountain Lakes Real Estate' on Facebook.  (Let me know when you start your business page and I'll become a fan of yours!)

6.  Please do not enter everything you are doing every day.  I have already had to block 4 'friends' who were wearing me out with their numerous posts about their daily activities.  Nobody cares whether you are going to the gym every day or not or if you are off to teach yoga again or play tennis or whatever. 

7.  On the other hand, if you get a new listing or have a closing, share your news.  Your real estate friends will leave comments that are supportive and encouraging!  We all need that!

8.  If you are working in real estate and using Facebook for networking, try to steer clear of the 'Egg Hunts' or the many 'quizzes'.  There is no end to the number of items you can 'send' to your friends, but I quickly found those to be annoying and time consuming, so now when I get a request to 'enjoy a drink' or to 'send a smile', I click on 'ignore' and go forward using the site mainly for business.

9.  If you get a 'friend' request from someone you don't know, it is best to decline the request.  Sometimes, other people who are 'friends' of my real 'friends' send me requests.  Again, I learned the hard way that it is better for me to really know the person who makes the request.  I don't have to know them personally, but I stick to those I know through various networks or who I have met on Active Rain.

10.  The number of friends you amass on Facebook has no correlation to the number of friends in your life.  My daughter shared with me that the 20's crowd uses a derogatory term when referring to someone who spends every day on Facebook in an effort to collect more and more 'friends'.  If you wonder what it is, send me a message and I'll share it with you. 



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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


That's a solid tutorial on Facebook. There are those who post 20 times a day about something that can drive you up the wall, but you can use the hide feature and gone. I just became a fan of your page, by the way.

May 04, 2009 04:14 PM #1
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales - Tewksbury, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Lynda, I don't quite get the business page, can you explain it?


May 10, 2009 01:38 AM #2
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love facebook but have found that many of the applications are time killers.

May 16, 2009 08:32 PM #3
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO

I love it and plan to do more.  Thanks for the ideas.

Jun 02, 2009 05:01 PM #4
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Great 10 tips on facebook.  Just joined in December and this was very helpful.

Jun 06, 2009 01:28 PM #5
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