Facebook for your business is on the move

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Social Networking has played a major role in Business Networking in 2008.  Network Giants Myspace, Facebook and LinkedIN have all been contending for the #1 Spot.

June 2008 Comscore reported that Facebook has officially dethroned Myspace with 132 million unique visitors compared to Myspace 117 million.  Facebook had tripled its visitor count from last year with only 52 million visitors.

Facebook has been on the prowl for the #1 spot for the longest time slowly gaining momentum over the years and attacking the competition at their strong points.

Previously I didn't focus too much in Facebook because at the time Myspace was my one stop shop for Social Networking as my personal site and I didn't feel the presence of business building on there.  I left the task of my Business Network to LinkedIN.

Facebook has been slowly laying the ground work for business contacts and business networking.  Just recently Facebook quietly copied LinkedIN's popular feature of "People you may know" which played a strong role in building business relationships.

This past year we seen Facebook go under through some major surgery and improvements.  This has been all foundation for the future ahead in tweaking to become more business savvy in dominating LinkedIN and Myspace combined.

Is Facebook going to dominate LinkedIN in the long run? probably not but will give LinkedIN a run for its money and already has shown domination over Myspace.

If you haven't done so already start exploring the new changes Facebook has already incorporated and keep an eye out for the Business Focus changes in the upcoming events.  I have already started putting a bit more effort on my page and will start slowly checking in more.


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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I don't know if I'm ready for facebook or myspace. I will have to watch and see how my peers do with their pages...

Sep 10, 2008 05:17 PM #1
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Paul hey thats ok! Social Networks is just another free way to get your online presence out there.

Sep 10, 2008 05:35 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Justin, I am a firm believer that you need to be on both, if nothing else let the buyers and sellers and yuor circle of influence decide where they want to be. Guess what you are on both they will find you.

I think currently facebook is more social then business vs Linked-In is more bussiness then social.

Sep 10, 2008 05:35 PM #3
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Englewood, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

I see more and more old friends, lost contacts, business contact etc. popping up on facebook. May be a time to move with the times. ~Rita

Sep 10, 2008 05:38 PM #4
Keith Goodman
Keith Goodman - Merced, CA

I have heard a lot of different feelings among associates and members of Active Rain. If its working for you more power to you. Thanks, Keith

Sep 10, 2008 05:44 PM #5
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I don't have too much experience with Facebook it seems to have my nieces and nephews and all of their friends constantly sending me different things.

Sep 10, 2008 06:47 PM #6
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I have yet to get started on Face book or any of the common social platforms. I spend way to much time on my PC now.

Sep 10, 2008 11:46 PM #7
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I joined facebook a couple of weeks ago however I have not spend but a little bit of time there - I am like most already - spend too much time on the computer.  Great post!

Sep 10, 2008 11:55 PM #8
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I've set up a facebook AND a myspace account. Whether you spend any time on there or not, take the time to set them up. Even if you never log in again, you'll get any emails from folks trying to contact you.

Sep 11, 2008 12:37 AM #9
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Justin,  I could hug you! I've been debating back and forth the power of social networking with my spouse who thinks I'm wasting my time in cyber space. I just started a facebook page this morning (A TRUE WORK IN PROGRESS AND NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME)and then I found your blog! I feel vindicated and I look forward to finding you on facebook.

PS: I began my Real Estate Career in VA Beach in 1994 so who knows I may actually have a referral for you down the road from a previous client.

Sep 12, 2008 06:27 AM #10
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

Justin - I love Facebook and have been able to keep up with so many clients there on a daily basis.  If used correctly, Facebook can be a great netowrking tool for business.

Tina in Virginia


Sep 12, 2008 04:12 PM #11
Stacey Pierce
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Manhattan, NY

I like Facebook. It has allowed me to reconnect with old classmates and meet new people. It is a cool place to be right now......


Sep 12, 2008 04:18 PM #12
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

I am on linked in and just started on Facebook

Sep 13, 2008 05:37 AM #13
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Endre - Well you can't beat free exposure and can't get enough exposure so I agree on having both aswell.  The point of the post is showcasing how facebook is moving more forward in Business Focus.

@ Rita - Exactly, what better way to start than now!

@ Keith - Again there maybe mixed responses but its free exposure and free touch in the hightech world, just have to be smart about it.

@ Christine - You know our children and young ones are actually the best teachers for Social Networking :)

@ Laura - we are in the digital age so its not that bad to be stuck on the pc often :D

@ Norma - the trick is time management!


Sep 13, 2008 04:23 PM #14
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Craig - excatly!!!  Thanks for the comment!

@ Cat - yay! thats awesome that you found my post to be helpful in your decision in joining the digital age.  Feel free to add me on facebook on my links to the right and thanks for the possible referral, much appreciated!

@ Tina - Excatly! Thanks for dropping by Tina!

@ Stacey - Awesome!

@ Andrews - Thats great!

Sep 13, 2008 04:26 PM #15
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Justin, great info. It is definitely something to watch. Thanks for posting!

Sep 14, 2008 02:50 AM #16
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Tanya - Your Welcome!

Sep 14, 2008 05:15 PM #17
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Maybe there is a reason why I have not been spending time at Myspace for months. I am now on Facebook,Linkedin and Twitter. You need to teach me about Twitter Justin-LOL. Great post.

Sep 14, 2008 05:43 PM #18
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Lanre - Thanks!  Sure thing, Twitter is easy just think of it as a micor blog and instant messenger :)

Sep 14, 2008 05:56 PM #19
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

I am behind the times.  I have not joined facebook yet.  There is just too much to do out there and not enough time to do it.  I have joined myspace and linkedin.

Sep 16, 2008 09:47 PM #20
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