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I can certainly relate to anyone's dilemma about whether to interact with social networks, how to go about it, and trying to determine which ones to use the most. Below are my thoughts about a couple of them.

I have found TWITTER to be cold and feel somewhat disconnected due to the spammers, ad posters, and users that think it is a race to see how many followers they can amass. Where is the friendship and relationship building?, the personal end that leads to business? I feel an attitude of "What can you do for me?"or "If you don't give me some business I will unfollow you!"

FACEBOOK on the other hand has been a social networking savior for me as I have reconnected with old high school friends and stay in contact with others, and network with colleagues in my field of expertise. I am finding out that just a short comment about something that is important to them will grow your on-line relationship and reputation with them and remind them that you DO care about their presence in your network and that you are there to assist them, and their friends and family, when they need you.

Many feel that the games associated with FACEBOOK are a waste of time and too time consuming. In my humble opinion, the games are a perk of the system. It is an opportunity to have some recreational time with your friends, an additional time of bonding and sharing common interests, to say "Hey I'm not just interested in what you can do for me, I have time for you too.

Of course one must assert some self control and manage your on-line time productively but if you use it properly and balance it within your self-marketing time-line you will reap rewards from it. Not only from a business perspective but a personal perspective as well. It would be foolish to ignore the 6th largest country in the world, and by user population that is exactly what FACEBOOK is. Life is short but friends are forever. Happy Networking!

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

That's for sure that FACEBOOK can't be ignored.  I enjoyed your closing paragraph the most.  Thanks Ron! 

Oct 05, 2009 04:45 AM
Brian Kasprzyk
Remax Southern Shores - Little River, SC

Thanks for the comment. MAybe I should try playing some of the facebook games.

Oct 05, 2009 04:47 AM
Larry Gray
Real Estate Consultant - Lakeland, FL

Great posting.  I agree there is value-add to social networking sites, but as you said the key is managing your time and use of the network so it works for you.

Oct 05, 2009 05:07 AM
Heather Adkinson
Windermere K-2 Realty LLC www.propertiesinmoseslake.com - Moses Lake, WA
Real Estate Agent - Moses Lake

I see no value in the games they are a time-sucker!!

Oct 05, 2009 05:15 AM
Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

Facebbok has opened up many doors from past friends, classmates and new friends.  By far I spend more time there, then any other site.  I agree, Twitter just doesnt feel like social networking....but I live and learn....

Oct 05, 2009 05:30 AM
Douglas Fischer
East Oahu Realty - Selling Honolulu, Hawaii Condos - Honolulu, HI

Although I have seen no concrete results of visiting and posting on Facebook and Twitter, since it doesn't take much time to do so, I routinely make a presence.  Like many marketing things, it just requires consistency.  I don't get a great response to my post cards sent out to my farm either, but I still do it. ; ))  What was it they said about "insanity".....?

Oct 05, 2009 08:52 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Ron - I think Facebook has a lot of untapped potential yet, particulary in Fan pages and Groups. And I think you're right about the '6th largest country in the world' -- it's simply too big to ignore.

Oct 05, 2009 02:32 PM
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Ron, I do get a kick out of FB.  I'm still processing  working out the application of my page for business.

Oct 05, 2009 04:01 PM
Mandy Beckett
William Raveis Realty - Newtown, CT

Ron ~ thanks for sharing. 

Oct 06, 2009 11:46 AM