Wherever I go people ask me about social media and for some reason, it always comes down to their personal (sometimes Business pages too), use of Facebook. There are some funny things that happen on there to “Friends” that include relatives and actual REAL friends that you work and talk with all the time. I have more than 900, but just like in real life (the cool kids call it IRL), many folks I have met only a few times and some are folks that saw a post I made on someone’s wall and decided they should “friend” me. Most of the time if the person doesn’t sound like someone I personally have met and don’t like or ax murderer I “friend” them back. That is one of my rules.
This means once in a while there may be a post or two on my personal wall that may offend someone. Often times it is no one I knew personally in the first place but sometimes it is and my wall tends to be a taste of the “Wild Wild West.” I like it that way because people can exchange sarcastic and amusing comments (never hurtful) or ideas that they have been working through. These are also some of my rules.
I also see posts about people going on the “unfriending” binge and cleaning house on folks that are just way out of line or just sick of stupid robots/games posting on a person’s page and it clogs up the News Feed. If you have only 75 friends clogging the News Feed isn’t a big deal but if you are Jeff Kirlin and have tons of friends on Facebook because you are a great photographer and are extremely funny, your Feed can become overwhelming with people playing Farmville or some other automatic posting app that goes to your Facebook page that then goes into his feed. Jeff has his own rules…about everything as he should.
You may not be Jeff Kirlin, you may not be me. Your business may not be Sephone. But you need to decide what your own rules are, write them on a piece of paper if that makes you feel better. Follow them.
Don’t allow Facebook to become an albatross around your neck.
Here are 3 quick questions that may help you find your way with your Personal or Business Page Rules:
- How do I feel about competitors seeing my posts? (personal or business)
- How do I feel about “political” or “causal” posts?
- When do I decide to “Unfriend”, where is my “Line in the sand?”