A paralyzing inability to decline “friend” requests. Lots of professional colleagues able to view my personal posts. The resurfacing of an unstable individual who had stalked me in high school.
These are the reasons I left Facebook three years ago.
My background is in communications, and I occasionally use this blog to provide advice on how social media can be a useful communications tool. But my own use is woefully incomplete.
I’m not a digital hermit. I created my first web site in 1995. I’ve been blogging on various fora since 2004. I have a LinkedIn account. Last fall I joined Twitter and have embraced it with a passion.
And now — finally — I’m back on Facebook, with a personal account and a Patrick Ross page.
I’ve attended panel discussions on social media and read many blog posts on the subject. Here’s the advice on Facebook I’ve absorbed:
- Create a “page” to keep your promotional social media separate from your personal account.
- Interact with anyone commenting on or liking something on your “page.”
- Um, I guess that’s about it.
Are you on Facebook? Do you have a page as well as a personal account? How do I (or should I) distinguish my page from my Twitter account? What is your criteria for friend requests on your personal account? I’d welcome advice on maintaining and promoting a page, anecdotes on how you decide who your “friends” are, or any other wisdom you can share!
UPDATE (5/5/11 10:40 am ET): I just read that Frito-Lay set a Facebook record last month, generating 1.5 million new likes on its page in 24 hours. I’ve been on Facebook about 24 hours; I’m sure I can beat that record on my page by tomorrow, without giving away potato chips.