We network socially these days to promote awareness of a brand, a service, a product. But we also engage in social networking because of the fringe benefits.
How many people have you met here on the Active Rain message board who you are 98% sure you probably would never have met were it not for Active Rain? How many people have you run into on Facebook who you thought were lost to you forever but now you are back in close contact? How many people are stalking you, I mean are you stalking, I mean are you connected with on Twitter who have really and truly enriched your life?
You know that saying "Friends With Benefits?" It means that you are friends with someone but you get the added luxury of the perks from being in a committed relationship with someone. Social networking is a lot like that. Social networking means that you get to promote your business, your products or services and you get the added luxury of meeting some really great people, some of whom will move over into the friendship pool.
This is just one more thing I love about social networking. We band together, don't we? For instance, those of you who know TLW (Billie) or "The Lovely Wife," Broker Bryant's wife, has been having a rough go of it health-wise. Today at 2 p.m., she went in for surgery. The details are not important for this post. Just search for TLW on Active Rain and you'll get everything you need to know about what is happening. What IS important for this post is that, once it became known what was happening, real estate professionals from around the globe rallied to her support. Prayer groups have been set up, offers of support and assistance have gone out. Folks love TLW because, well, because she's TLW. And many of those folks, me included, have grown as a result of knowing her although most of us have never met her in person or spoken with her on the phone. But that's the power of social networking guys. Don't you want in on some of that?
It isn't always about business. The perks are sooooo much more important!
UPDATE: TLW's surgery was rescheduled for this morning at 7 a.m. Keep your prayer hats on folks!
~Renae - Market 4 Real!_________________________________________________________________________________________________
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