Top Three Social Networks to Join and Why

Reblogger Kevin Corsa
Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

This is an origial post by Paul Chaney, social marketing expert. I'm hoping he joins us here to help enlighten our new group. Thanks for letting me re-blog this one Paul. You have many more that I would like to re-blog as well!

 

Original content by Paul Chaney

Cord of three strandsMost of my social media handyman posts will be in response to questions asked by Realtors and others. Today's comes from Irina Netchaev, a Keller-Williams Realtor in Pasadena, CA. She asks, "What are the top 3 social networks that you recommend joining and actively participate in and why?"

First, let me say that "three" is the operative word. There is an old proverb that says "a cord of three strands is not easily broken." I think that's applicable where social networking is concerned as well. It's a matter of strengthening your social graph. Being networked with a given individual in three different places makes for a strong connection.

Here's my pick for top three:

LinkedIn - That's your business suit. While LI is not very conversational in its orientation, having a profile there has become expected. LI lends a degree of professional credibility. It is also the site that requires the least amount of upkeep.

Facebook - That's business casual. FB allows more of a 360 degree view of you, combining both professional and personal sides. Plus, it's a more conversational platform.

Twitter - This is the cocktail hour. Think of after hours social networking events and you've got Twitter. It's the most informal of the three and allows for the greatest degree of conversation.

Keep in mind my focus here is on creating three-fold connections to individuals. It's not enough that you have a presence on each of these sites, but that you leverage your presence to connect with others who are also present on each.

Social media is about being "social." Each platform offers its own distinctive advantages, but it takes all three to build the strongest connection. Plus, it gives you ubiquity. You're everywhere!

Tomorrow, I'm going to talk about three real estate specific social networks where you need a presence. Later in the week I'm going to dig down into Twitter and share how it's being used for business purposes. I'd like to hear your Twitter story as well. Please leave a comment.

Finally, if you have a question for the "handyman," email me at pchaney [at] gmail [dot] com. Or simply leave a comment.

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Gene Riemenschneider
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Those are the three I am part of; I just need to figure out how to use them better.

Sep 08, 2009 03:03 AM #1
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Kevin Corsa
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Me too, Gene. I am working on getting us some pros that can help us answer all the crucial questions. LOL

Sep 08, 2009 03:05 AM #2
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Vince Santos
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I've got a two of the three but I've stayed away from Twitter. There's something about letting people know, hour by hour, where I am and when that just rubs me wrong. Perhaps I'm just being paranoid.

Sep 09, 2009 07:23 AM #3
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Kevin Corsa
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I kinda have that same feeling about Twitter. It's like there's a limit to what I'm willing to share, and Twitter teeters right on the edge of that.

Sep 09, 2009 08:40 AM #4
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Dale Baker
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Howdy there Kevin

I'm on all of the above social networks, I don't post at Twitter every hour, or every day even. But I do have my posts here at AR linked to it, to let folks alover know I've written new posts.

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Sep 09, 2009 02:58 PM #5
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Nikki Marlatt-Young
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I do LinkedIn & Facebook.... (of course you know....gotta keep farming! LoL...)  But I haven't "TWITTED" on "TWITTER" yet!  

Oct 29, 2009 08:15 AM #6
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Nice to know that I belong to all 3!!!

I had actually signed up for all of them back in 2007but haven't been that active on Twitter & Linkedin. Only Facebook made sence for me as I could keep in touch with family & friends scattered around the globe.

It is only recently that I started to "tweet" on a regular basis & to reach out with Linkedin. Nowadays it is so much easier with all the links that are provided by news feed and various sites.

 

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Hey there Kevin
Welcome to the beginning of the New Year of 2012

Jan 02, 2012 02:06 PM #8
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Hey there Kevin
Welcome to the beginning of the New Year of 2012

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Hey there Kevin
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Hey there Kevin
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Hey there Kevin
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