Open Discussion: Who Is In Your Social Stream on Facebook?

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Open Discussion:  In Your Social Networks Who's In Your Social Stream?

A question for those of you who use Facebook.

Who do you allow into your conversations on your Facebook Profile Page (not your Business Page)?


The reason I ask this question is simple.  One of the most recent upgrades on Facebook allows users to group their Friends on Facebook into lists.  You can then post certain topics to all of your lists or segregate your posts by lists. this being social?  I understand the need for privacy on certain topics, but then why posts these on Facebook? Seriously.  If the matter was that private I think I would find another way to communicate with my friends, i.e. in person, over the phone, or even texting.

I do understand the convenience of lists.  Maybe you are throwing a party and you want to invite friends and family only.  Sure I get that.

But a thought I want to leave is this.....if you are an open networker wouldn't you agree that consumers want to work with you because, in some respect, they are getting to,



Consumers Can Get To Know, Like and Trust You By Learning About YouMaybe your personal postings make you more human, more approachable....just maybe...Maybe you share a comment interest, sentiment, thought, hobby with a consumer....IMAGINE,



I haven't had a need yet to post to lists only on Facebook....maybe for someday, but for now I like my stream the way it is... a mash-up of friends, family, business associates, locals and those from overseas all commenting on when thread, all swimming and talking together in my social stream.



PLEASE NOTE:  NOT to be confused with your conversations on your Facebook Business Page.

So please share by commenting.  I am listening.  Open Discussion:  In Your Social Networks, Who's In Your Social Stream?


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Dennis Chanski
Hebron, CT

That does seem strange, but there is obviously a reason behind it.  I agree with you though that if something is private do it in another forum.


Aug 25, 2009 05:43 AM #1
Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty - Silver City, NM

I've been trying to use Facebook for business for 8 months. Only a few nibbles but no deals yet. I use FB for connecting to family and friends. And a little for business. I have my AR blog posts feeding to FB and I occasionally post listings, but I don't see it being a business lead generator any time soon. BTW, most of business is retirees relocating to my area.

Aug 25, 2009 05:47 AM #2
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator


I am thinking that there may be information that is more personal that you would only want to share with certain members of your circle. 

Thanks for the information.


Aug 25, 2009 05:57 AM #3
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Rebecca - I do organize my facebook "friends" on my social page in lists, but I don't restrict my posts to one list or another.  The lists simply help me to know where each friend came from. 

Aug 25, 2009 06:11 AM #4
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

P.S.  I don't try to organize my fans on my business page.  I welcome any and all to read my posts and get to know me through anything I write.

Aug 25, 2009 06:14 AM #5
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Rebecca --- Hi, there --- how are you? I do not group friends on Facebook --- I use it simply to try & get to know others --If there is someone out there who I don't want to read what I write, then I don't accept them as friends, but wait a minute - guess that doesn't really matter since friends of my friends can see what I write -- or at least that's the way I think it works.

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Aug 25, 2009 08:04 AM #7
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Dennis- Or you can email off Facebook too or use the chat application.

Linda- Absolutely each market is different and you have to know the pulse of your market AND when it changes.

Sharon- Absolutely there would be....not sure Facebook is always the greatest place for it.

Susan- What you said about lists makes sense to me....good analytical strategy.  And I agree with the business page...why not make it open?

EmMee- I actually read about that recently happening to someone, it was a young guy who posted about cheating on his girlfriend to all his friends.  Accidents happen.

Liz- Hi:)  Yes I agree, I wouldn't accept them either.  There are all sorts of privacy settings on Facebook and I do recommend looking at and becoming familiar with them and setting them according to what you want, privacy settings as well as notification settings.

Aug 27, 2009 09:23 AM #8
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Rebecca - Good points.  I only have different friends list on FB in order to see different streams of updates of folks, but not to only share a message or a link or a photo with just one list.  I also still do not really get the whole fan page.

Aug 27, 2009 11:37 AM #9
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Hi Chris and Stephanie- Well, I am feeling like the fan page/business page is like a mini business website where you can have more formal announcements about your business, testimonials, videos, special offers, etc.

I think the key thing here is, all of these social media outlets and tools should really be pointing to one hub, with the excpetion of a micro niche marketing plan. 

Example, why would a person get a Facebook vanity plate when he/she can get one for their website/their own hub...traffic should always be looked at with the goal to go back the hub.:-)

P.S. Just talking a bit, I know you both know this.

Aug 27, 2009 03:10 PM #10
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I've been trying to move my Realtor and business friends away from my personal page to my business page because of some of the conversations my friends have. I love my friends, but my clients don't need to read about health issues.

Todd Clark -

Aug 31, 2009 05:08 AM #11
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