What not to do on FaceBook or elsewhere social

Facebook, the wonder of modern day marketing, can do fabulous things for one’s business, if used properly.  It can also make one seem a total schmuck, and not necessarily because of a wall post.

I generally don’t fb friend people I don’t know.  Occasionally, when busy, I slip, and accept a friend’s request from someone I don’t know so long as we have a certain number of FB friends in common.  Such must have been the case when I accepted a friend request from one Mott Marvin Kornicki, who I guess is a real estate agent at Waterway Realty.

A few weeks later I got added to Mott’s Group – the add I had no choice or control over.  The group, Rx for Inspiration, Perspiration & Hope shows up as a closed group.  There are a few posts by ‘accidental’ members of this group asking to be removed from it, in addition to mine, but to no avail.  I had unfriended Mr. Kornicki in an attempt to stop getting the notices to the group posts, but apparently I am still a member of the group.

I have groups on FaceBook that I joined, by choice.  I joined them because a friend I know invited me to in private in advance of adding me to their group, and it sounded like something I’d be interested in, or because it’s family related.  I may have found the group that Mott started of interest, if I was asked instead of forced into it.  I may have even read some of those posts then.  As it stands right now, I have a bad taste in my mouth associated with the person’s name and THAT of the real estate company he is trying to promote.  I get downright pissed off when I see one of his group’s notices come up in my FB dash, and am quite certain that I will never ever click on anything with his or his company’s name on it.

So for anyone out there who feels that spamming people on FB is a good idea – please consider this post.  If you shove something down people’s throats on a social network, you are indeed spamming, and spamming in places where you are NOT in control of your distribution means is silly at best and downright dangerous.  You spam via a postcard, the recycling bin gets it and no one is the wiser.  FB and Twitter – a whole other story.

facebook business pages done and used right

Should you want to take advantage of the power of FB to promote your services, do so via a business page – that’s what they were designed for.  Purchase some ads – they aren’t expensive and no one is going to be upset at you, and that’s what they are there for.  Everything else will result in your social network friends feeling rather violated.  And there is no recovering from that brand of loss of trust.

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