The other day I decided to participate in a #TwitterChat that I had been wanting to participate in for awhile now, but never made the time.
Overall, it was great and I made several new online connections but there was one thing I didn’t get.
There were a few folks totally pooh-poohing Facebook for anything other than staying in contact with their family and close friends saying that it just didn’t make sense and they didn’t see any benefit.
Well, I tried to share my love of Facebook to them, but was totally disregarded. Probably because of the fact that it was my first time attending this particular chat. Surely it couldn’t be that I didn’t know what the heck I was talking about, but who knows.
Many still don’t see the value in using Facebook for anything other than sharing pics and status updates with their family and friends. They actually don’t see the use in having a Facebook business page (which, I still have my doubts about and the jury is still out there on that one). But I do get the value of engaging on Facebook with your peers and the possibility of gaining valuable friendships with potential clients.
When I started on this journey of social media, I started of course with Linked In, then Twitter, while starting two blogs. I then of course went to Google+, Pinterest and Instagram, like the rest of ya’s. I started engaging (that’s key) with those whom I wished to connect, those who held influence in my industry, those of my peers and those who created outstanding content.
I then started taking those relationships over to Facebook, connecting with them there (slowly but steadily) and taking those relationships to a whole.other.level. Each platform has its own feel and allows for different strokes for different folks and has its own personality, so to speak.
Facebook appears to be one of those platforms that allow you to share more personal updates, funny stories, family photos, to create everyday engagement that can’t be done in 140 characters. And it’s like any other platform, it’s not suppose to be about you cramming your wares down someone’s throat, it’s about building valuable connections, whether you sell anything or not.
Since I have taken my circle of trust connections over yonder to Facebook, I’ve created an awesome community that pretty much stays in touch daily, even if it is to hear about someone’s kid going to school and them having a melt down because of it. I can dig that. I admit, I’m a Facebook junkie and I’m on there constantly. Just ask my friends.
And when we all get together IRL (in real life) it’s as if we haven’t missed a beat!
So what’s your social media drug (platform) of choice?
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