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Give up Facebook? Are you nuts? No, just happier

Another interesting study revealing the downside or social notworking apps like Facebook

Could you handle going cold turkey for a week? Hmmm…. What does that say about you? Your life, the quality of your relationships or lack thereof?

I am not making a value judgment, just asking a few simple questions.

The stronger your emotional reaction to these questions – well….

 

 

Things not to do on Social Media – Employee guidelines

Social Media - LogosSocial networking websites have become a popular way to interact with people on the Internet. Thirty-five percent of adults on the Internet now have a profile on at least one social networking site, and 51 percent have more than one. Three-quarters of users between the ages of 18 and 24 have an online profile.

Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Friendster, Urban Chat and Black Planet are just a few of more than 100 Web sites connecting folks around the world who are eager to share their thoughts and feelings.

The use of social media at work presents new opportunities to employers, but also new responsibilities. One is how to manage the amount of time employees spend using the sites and how it is affecting workplace productivity.

Here are some recommendations relating to what employees should not be doing/sharing on social media sites:

  1. Don’t share too much information – It’s very easy to get caught up in the social aspects of sites like Facebook, but what you choose to share is there for all to see if you don’t limit who can view your information.  Sharing personal information with strangers can be dangerous business, and there are some things you should definitely put on your “do not share” list. With Twitter, you can tweet a half dozen times per day and be fine. With Facebook Business Page, once a day should be enough and the same goes for LinkedIn too.
  2. Don’t say you hate your job – You may not like your job or your boss but complaining about it on social media is not going to go down well when your boss finds out.
  3. Posting information when your profiles are linked to more than one site – You may post something innocuous on one site, but then it’s linked to your LinkedIn work profile and you’ve put your job at risk because of that posting.
  4. Failing to keep secrets – News about your workplace, for example, a planned expansion or project should be kept private and under wraps. For instance, broadcasting your visit to a competitor’s client might hurt your company’s chances of securing new business.
  5. Avoid being negative – Negative comments on social media about fellow employees, your employer or customers lowers the reputation of the company and its customers.  You should showcase the success of your colleagues, your company and not just your own achievements and accomplishments.
  6. Social Media - Anti SocialDon’t get into an argument – A difference of opinion is OK; a full-blown argument is definitely taboo. If you want to descend into mud-slinging, just remember, on the Internet, you can’t take it back – it’s permanent and will remain there… forever!
  7. Don’t boast – It’s OK to let people know you just got promoted or you just got a brand new car but be subtle – and grateful. Humility goes a long way on social networks.
  8. Don’t get personal – Just because you have some dirt on the office manager or another colleague, it doesn’t mean  you have the green light to share unflattering gossip online. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is the perfect maxim for social networking.
  9. Don’t share the fact that you are planning to take a sick day on social media! And don’t share photos of an event that reveals that you were not sick that day. (Note: What the $##@$#$ are you doing taking a (fake) sick day in the first place? If you want a day off, ask for it and schedule it with your boss. Have some self-respect!)
  10. Don’t use social media for posting defamatory or discriminatory messages – Be aware that social media can be used for cyber bullying and harassment purposes, so avoid posting offensive or threatening comments.
  11. Do not breach confidentiality – Unauthorised disclosure of company information via social media sites could include details relating to profit/loss, potential redundancies, employee personal information, client details, internal complaints or trade secrets.
  12. Do not repost articles – be careful about sharing posts you have not actually read because headlines rarely reveal the entire story. Read the article before you attach your reputation to it.
  13. Don’t compromise your organisation’s security – visiting social networking sites at work may expose company networks to malware and can help hackers steal identities and data. Hackers are attracted to networking sites because of the potential they see to commit fraud and launch spam malware attacks.

 LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you should not be doing the following there:

  • Rapid posting – spamming the newsfeed. This is not the place to broadcast links to articles.
  • Post/participate in spam comments. This is frowned upon by all.
  • Participate in flame wars. The opinions on LinkedIn may not be the same as yours so while it may be difficult to hold back and express your opinion, do so in a professional manner.
  • Auto-post from another social channel to LinkedIn. You cannot sync LinkedIn with Twitter; it causes spam and clutter.
  • Auto-post from website feed. You should not auto share every post on social media. Everything you do on LinkedIn will always be taken in a professional way, unlike Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn is not a publishing tool for broadcasting messages; it’s a networking tool for showcasing yourself as a professional and make people want to work with you, value your opinions and thoughts.

 Twitter is another social networking phenomenon you should be careful with.

  1. You are what you share/tweet – Just use good common sense when sharing on social networks. The Internet is now the track record of your life. Don’t share something that you don’t want to be left as a representation of you. But don’t let this stop you from making yourself known on issues and things that matter. Having no voice pertaining to certain things that your business stands behind could be worse than a few people disagreeing with your own beliefs. Be proud of who you are and represent as a business, but make sure that you know what image you’re crafting as a result.
  2. Don’t be needy – No one likes needy people on social media. So don’t ask your Twitter followers to “retweet this tweet please.” And don’t beg your Facebook friends to come “Like” your page. Get creative with the way you do things. You can still accomplish those tasks, but learn how to disguise them.
  3. If you misuse Twitter, let’s face it, everyone will see you for what you are – a TWIT!

 

 

Facebook Friends

This is from a parody Twitter account, but I thought it made the point quite succinctly:

Being popular on Facebook is like sitting at the cool table in a mental hospital.

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Attention Business Owners – Stop Wasting Time With Facebook

Don’t just listen to what I have been saying for years, BRW Magazine’s recent headline speaks for itself…

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Facebook pages for small business removed after unspecified complaint

Facebook Business Pages, Facebook Ransom, Facebook TacticsAs a reader and/or subscriber to this Internet Marketing Blog, you know I am not a fan of social media. Even though this is not a “I told you so” blog post, it is a forewarning.

I cover issues like this with my clients – at events and workshops like the Exponential Internet Marketing Bootcamp where I have the time and tools to explain, in detail, why I have such distinct views and approaches that produce such extra-ordinary results.

Recently, Facebook has been getting quite a bit of press because as small businesses have embraced the use of social media marketing to increase their sales, it turns out what worked before doesn’t always agree with Facebook.

This can lead to complaints to Facebook. By whom or about what is not always clear.

The result can be that your Facebook business page is removed by Facebook with no explanation or discussion.

Sometimes you may have simply overstepped the boundaries of what is acceptable promotion on Facebook. But many are starting to wonder if the reasons aren’t more commercial (financial) in nature. If you’ve seen the latest episode of the TV Drama The Good Wife, you’ll get as sense of what’s at stake and how they are doing this behind-the-scenes.

However what is clear is that Facebook sees an opportunity to charge business for something that was once free.

If you were a client of ours, you would have avoided this issue altogether. Sometimes AVOIDING a costly mistake is as valuable as doing something “right”.

Contact us if you want to improve your online lead generation without the hype, smoke and mirrors that social media and web designers want you to believe.

After all, they NEED you to believe in what they sell – they need to make money FROM you – not FOR you. Give that some thought!

Facebook Profile Photos

I am not a fan of Facebook. This is one of the many reasons… People manipulating their online identities to be who they’re not, to have frriends they would NEVER think of inviting to their homes… I wanted to share this with you because it was funny if it wasn’t so true.
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I know too many people who post a profile picture that is 5 to 10 years old…

What do they think the impression is when someone meets them in person and they LOOK that much older?!?!?

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”

If the first impression is deceitful, how do you move on from there?!?!

Facebook Wall Of Shame Infographic

During my recent Business Blogging For Sales Lead Generation event tour in Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney, participants heard a preview of my rant on Privacy Pirates which I’ve been proselytising about for quite some time. Karen Bonanno, a 2011 Exponential Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Winner, sent me the infographic below that I just had to share with you.

I will expand on this in an upcoming Do It Yourself Google Sales Lead Generation For Small Business series of workshops… But in the meantime have a good read of this infographic. You’ll start to get a sense of where I’m coming from and how I am guiding my clients to avoid being victims of the Privacy Pirates.

Facebook Privacy, Personal Privacy Theft, Identity Theft

If Facebook existed years ago…

As you might already know, I am not a fan of Facebook. As Betty White proclaimed on NBC’s (US TV network) Saturday Night Live after a Facebook campaign created enough buzz to make it happen AND make it one of the highest rated shows ever… “I didn’t know what Facebook was… Now that I know I think it’s a massive waste of time.” I concur. Unless you’re Betty White and you have a lot of people willing to waste their time for your benefit… Well you can decipher my bias.

That’s why when Michael Pye of Sydney sent me these images, I thought they were hilarious! Michael’s wife Bronwyn Pye is a Sydney Chiropractor click on the hyperlink to check out her site.

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Twitter is for old people, work experience whiz-kid tells bankers

Andrew Powell from Montreal Canada sent me this article about a kid in the UK. What a global world we live in! This article busts wide open the myth that Twitter is popular with kids amongst others… Read on for an eye-opening challenge to popular held beliefs in this social networking phenomenon…

The world according to Matthew Robson aged 15 and a half

Radio With online sites streaming music for free they do not bother, as services such as last.fm do this advert free and users can choose the songs they want instead of listening to what the radio presenter/DJ chooses

Newspapers No teenager that I know of regularly reads a newspaper, as most do not have the time and cannot be bothered to read pages and pages of text while they could watch the news summarised on the internet or on TV

Internet Facebook is the most common, with nearly everyone with an internet connection registered. On the other hand, teenagers do not use Twitter

Music They are very reluctant to pay for it (most having never bought a CD) Teenagers from higher income families use iPods and those from lower income families use mobile phones

Directories Real directories contain listings for builders and florists, which are services teenagers do not require. They can get the information free on the internet

Viral/Outdoor Marketing “Most teenagers enjoy and support viral marketing… Teenagers see adverts on websites (pop-ups, banner ads) as extremely annoying and pointless…they are portrayed in such a negative light that no one follows them.”

Cinema Teenagers visit the cinema more often when they are in the lower end of teendom but as they approach 15 they go to the cinema a lot less. This is because of the pricing; at 15 they have to pay the adult price. Also it is possible to buy a pirated DVD of the film at the time of release, and these cost much less than a cinema ticket

Mobile phones The general view is that Sony Ericsson phones are superior, because of their long list of features, built-in Walkman capacity and value.

For more details, you can access the original article at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6703399.ece

Facebook A Mirror To The World

I need to say this – Social Networking sites are a mirror of who you are to the entire world. I know you think it’s private, but it’s not. I don’t have time to get into the details, other than to say that the image you project on these sites can be killing your career, business and sales. I just can’t believe the stuff people post on there. Without naming names, there are a handful of people that I have seen post stuff that has totally ‘turned me off’ and in one case lose total respect for that person. I thought she was a professional only to have her reveal herself as an infantile, insecure and self-absorbed person that I would never want to be associated with.

I realise that this is an extreme case, but others are destroying what little ‘persona’ and brand they have by offending or otherwise diluting any social equity they might have built up – then they wonder why they are unemployed or otherwise struggling in business or their careers…

That’s all I really have to say about it in a public forum like this – I just needed to get that off my chest – I’ve just seen too many examples in the past 2-3 weeks to stay silent.

To FaceBook Or Not FaceBook?

Should I spend time on FaceBook? I get this question a lot. Here’s my answer… Time is our most valuable resource… If you’re having fun, that’s cool. But realise you’re having fun – not achieving your goals by chatting, tweeting and following other peoples’ lives…

What would happen if you invested that much time into your income generation, business-building efforts, can you imagine what you could achieve…?!?!?

But then again life is NOT about just working… REALLY IT’S NOT!

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