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I know you are on Facebook. That's a given. Would you post different types of things if you knew it wasn't going to go out to ALL of your 150 friends (that is if you are a typical candidate of Dunbar's Number). Quite likely you may have "friended" quite a few more that that!

Facebook though is a great way to have dynamic and real time conversations on various topics. The question is how is the best way to limit those who can take part in the conversation?? The answer is in using the ability to create a group in Facebook and then invite just the people that you want to be in on the topic in question. Once you have a group, you can post conversations and replies on the group's wall and then only those in the group will see it. Here's a little video by Facebook that talks about groups and how they work.

Any ideas how you might use this?? Any of you in the masterminds challenges? :)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I took a recent Social Fusion class (excellent, BTW) and there was a lot of talk about using groups. I am just starting to set them up (obviously easier to do when you have a small number of friends). It makes lots of sense. Now to find the time to do it all.

Thanks for the great information, as always.


Apr 01, 2011 11:56 AM #17
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate



Good lesson and while I already have a couple groups set up getting them churning is the challenge. 

Apr 01, 2011 01:00 PM #18
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Craig, This is some great info and new to me. I'll have to try it out! Thanks!

Apr 01, 2011 01:26 PM #19
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Hello Craig...more Facebook!  I am glad to see this and will make use of it.  I am struggling this week, but adding to my "to do" list and to my "must learn" list. 

Apr 01, 2011 01:40 PM #20
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Craig - 

Took 1/2 of ePRO this week and they talked a lot about FACEBOOK.  So much to learn.  You are always helping other members with your lessons.  Thanks for that.  Have fun at Atlantic City - close for you! Hope it is warm and sunny!

Have a happy day-

Apr 01, 2011 01:49 PM #21
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I'm in a Facebook Co-Op group to help each other with social media stuff that I love. I want to put all my friends in categories though so that some comments will only go to some, etc. Just haven't had the time to do all that.

Apr 01, 2011 04:22 PM #22
Toronto, ON

Hi Craig - Facebook has been one very useful tool for real estate.

Apr 01, 2011 05:00 PM #23
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks for the video link, I was just thinking about a small group (local) that would be useful to be in contact with. Boom! There is an answer.

Apr 01, 2011 08:01 PM #24
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

This is definitely one of Facebook's best features... I have several groups setup. We used one for the planning committee for the last RE Barcamp and we have a couple of groups for work at The Talon Group for different projects...

Apr 02, 2011 08:52 AM #25
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Craig, I'm in one right now that all of a sudden I can't see any posts at all. When I post something, people in there can read it, but I can't see it at all. Any idea?

Apr 02, 2011 12:26 PM #26
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

hi EVERYBODY - AR was OFF system error unavailable for me all DAY! - yikes, time to catch up!

Jeff - thanks for visit - groups do sound interesting potential

Larry - if there is a central topic of spurring conversation it will be good

Cindy - glad to hear - you know it now and can find ways to try it

Barbara - maybe put it to use in your new web design team project

Lynn - good to know FB options to pick the ones that you can leverage

Shar - yes that can work too

Marc - when you put a little thought into what we do... yes

Tom - small groups focus on a particular topic - yes, this is cool!

Rene - does it remind you of what google wave could have been if it survived, great idea that working in the cloud and NOT in email form can give to us!

Eric - I read that you may want to try compatibility mode (IE has this feature button next to the address bar)  - also try firefox or chrome just as comparison to see if same symptom... hth



Apr 02, 2011 02:46 PM #27
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I'm in a couple of groups right now, and I get a lot more posting action from those groups than my friends I used to have interaction with..I have a feeling they interact in groups more than their own profile.

While I miss talking to them, it also forces me to get more social with people I haven't talked to yet or haven't talked to in a long time, so it's all good!

And, it's a good reason to spend more time on Twitter.

Apr 02, 2011 05:51 PM #28
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Lynda - thanks for adding your groups experience - I have a couple of ideas for groups that I hope to implement very soon - I really like the idea, thanks for visiting! :)

Apr 03, 2011 02:35 AM #29
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Thank you for the information Craig.  I have not yet really used Facebook to my advantage, so many things to figure out with all that is out there and sometimes so little time.  I will be watching.

Apr 04, 2011 09:16 AM #30
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Thanks for this info Craig. One of the reasons I have hesitated so long about using facebook for business is precisely what this "groups" option addresses. I don't want to bother a lot of people with my businessy stuff.

Apr 04, 2011 11:03 AM #31
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Craig, thanks for following up with me on Twitter. I appreciate it.

Apr 05, 2011 10:33 AM #32
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

I have an open group that another member added oodles of people to.  It's not working.  I've been toying with making it private and exclusive.  This just gave me the imputis to do so.  Thanks.

Apr 09, 2011 06:43 PM #33
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I am on one real estate group that is great, and some others that nobody really uses. LinkedIn has groups as well and some of them are pretty active. It's a great way to break down my friends and connections into manageable sizes!


Apr 24, 2011 03:02 PM #34
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Craig - Being a Dunbar - this was news to me!  INteresting, but something I have always felt to be true. 

Apr 29, 2011 03:32 AM #35
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Hey - Sally Dunbar's number! - hmmm well you gave us plenty of other numbers with that list of newbie tips in your recent featured post - thanks for visiting my blog :)

Apr 29, 2011 03:51 AM #36
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