A Cool Way to Post Tweets To Your Facebook Status

April 12, 2009

I’ve often wanted to post some of my tweets onto my Facebook Fan Page and Profile Walls, but just wasn’t comfortable with all of those conversations showing up on my Walls. A lot of my activities on Twitter are conversations. If most of what I did was post links, I would have been a little more comfortable with the idea.

The other thing to consider is that each time your tweets land in your Status line it travels throughout your Friends’ News Feeds. Imagine what that looks like to them… broken conversations. So, I’ve stayed away from posting my tweets to my Facebook status line.

However, today I came across a solution to my concern… it’s a Facebook app developed by Andy Young. His app is appropriately called the “Selective Twitter.” It allows you to send select tweets to your Facebook Wall by placing “#fb” at the END of your tweet. How neat is that? You can find the app here!

Credits should also go to Nancy Perez. I found this app referenced in a comment by Ian Chapman to her post about Facebook’s new and improved Fan/Brand Pages.

CAUTION: If you’re currently using the regular Facebook Twitter app or some other app to update your Status, remember to remove or disable it so you’re not making double posts of your tweets.

Try out  “Selective Twitter” and let me know what you think.

http://facebook.dj/smmnetwork

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WARNING: Facebook Has Gone Cuckoo!

August 21, 2008

About a month ago I hit the 5,000 friends plateau on Facebook, which means I can’t add or accept anymore requests for friends. Occasionally someone will drop out of my network for whatever reason.

When that occurs I accept some of the requests setting in my inbox… which could be 8 – 10 per day. But, mind you, I have over 70 waiting in the que. So over the last couple of hours I got this ‘brilliant’ idea…

“Why not click on the ‘send message’ link next to the person’s name and invite them to join my FB Fan Page to connect with me, since I’m maxed out with Friends?”

I was offering them the opportunity to network with me at my Facebook Fan Page at http://facebook.dj/smmnetwork

Made a lot of sense to me!

After I sent out about six of these ‘brilliant’ invitations I got the WARNING from FB that if I continued to send those message I would risk having my account shut down for spamming.

Needless to say, I was shocked! People are requesting to connect with me. Facebook is saying I can’t have anymore friends. I offer them an alternative. Facebook says, “I dare you to keep sending those ‘brilliant’ messages!”

Can someone help me out here? What’s wrong with this picture. I know I’ve been a little stressed out recently and maybe my gray matter is a little foggy and I can’t think straight.

What are your thoughts on FB’s response? Thoughts please. 🙂

Cheers!
Jim


How Many Facebook Friends are Enough?

June 21, 2008

A couple of days ago, I crossed the 4,000 “friend” watermark on my Facebook profile. I casually mentioned this in a recent update to my Social Media Marketing Network Fan Page members. This sparked a question from my Social Networking friend, Warren Whitlock regarding large social networks vs. smaller ones.

Below is the conversation we started with each other, which we later decided we should take it public and let others chime in. So, here’s the conversation:

————— Conversation begins ———————

Hi Jim

Congratulations on reaching that milestone.

Have you found that having more friends that you don’t know has helped in your promotions?

Are you able to reach out to them as a group? Individually?

I’m looking for best practices to teach busy professionals, and services and training to recommend. Seems a lot of the training is focused on a race to big numbers, not profits.

Your thoughts?

Warren

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Hi Warren,

A lot of your approach to community/network building depends upon your game plan. For example, McDonalds is a mass marketer. They’d like for every pair of lips on earth to engulf a Big Mac everyday.

Some of your more niche restaurants may not have that goal. Maybe they’re looking for people who want to dine for the prestige of having dined at their restaurant and are willing to pay 300 bucks for dinner for 2 people.

Getting back to online marketing – it just makes sense to me that you’d want to service as many folks as possible because the tools are there to do it. So you pull the more interested ones together in a FB group or Fan page and you message them with quality content at a reasonable frequency… all along you’re establishing your brand. And when the folks in the group need help they come to you or you can service them proactively by producing info products for them to buy.

I’ll be blogging more on these different marketing approaches real soon.

Cheers!
~jim

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Hi Jim,

Here’s 2 cents more…

Group of fans are NOT FB friends.

McDonalds wants to reach billions, but they don’t phone each one.

I think there are a lot of people building friends list just for the sake of increasing their counts. A zillion on a fan page or group is just fine, but do they all have to be friends?

I see the same thing on LinkedIN. Every new employee at Pierpoint Recruiting is told to go get a buck of “connected people” and so I get invites.

I’m an open networker, I don’t mind from that perspective.. but I have to ask.. is it really possible that a JR recruiter will develop a real relationship with me? Even if I meet them and like them (maybe we went to the same school), there is no chance that I will employee people, tell others to take a job.. in fact, I bash employment every chance I get.

My point is.. it’s okay to get 1,000,000 friends if you can handle it, but I question whether these people have any intention of doing anything other than “getting the count”

Warren

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Now it’s your turn… what are your thoughts… large vs. small friend network… why and why not. Please comment below.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Turner


“Your Account Has Been DISABLED!”

June 3, 2008

As Social Media Marketing Networkers, those are some of the most dreaded words you could possibly hear. Several of my good friends have received those notices lately. And to be straight up honest with you, it’s getting me very concerned.

By no stretch of anyone’s imagination am I a passive community builder. I don’t offend and annoy people with my approach. I simply send a very short and compelling message to targeted prospects letting them know how they will benefit from connecting with me. They can either accept or reject my invitation. It’s their decision.

A lot of my strategy is borne of the fact that I’m a direct response copywriter by trade. I’m used to getting readers to respond in a positive manner, in the moment, and it’s paid off in helping me to connect with a lot of friends on Facebook (3,600+). And out of those connections have come many true friendships as well as clients for my coaching and writing business.

I rarely let a day go by without approaching 70 to 100 targeted prospects on Facebook with my benefit-rich invitation message to become my friend. And once they become a friend, I contact them again with another benefit-rich, compelling , message inviting them to join my Social Media Marketing Network Fan page.

BUT, I’m getting more nervous each day when I hear about all the citations being handed out by Facebook. Am I doing something uniquely different than others or am I just lucky? Maybe I had better slow down while I’m ahead. 😉

Part of me believes that there is a method to the madness, meaning you can be proactive in your friending strategy without losing your Facebook privileges.

Here are a few steps I believe you can try that might help you avoid Facebook’s message of doom while expanding your network:

  1. DON’T send too many messages in a short time span. Don’t ask me how many is “too many” and in what time span, because I really don’t know. There are people that have been penalized for sending far fewer messages than I do. Facebook doesn’t want you to know the magic number because everyone would ‘play’ right up to that point before stopping their activities.
  2. DON’T trying to break any speed records. You know what happens if you get caught speeding on the freeway. Well, Facebook is no different. They’re worse. They’ll take your Facebook driver’s license and disable your account. Slow down. Send your invitations throughout the day rather than in one session.
  3. DON’T send invitations without a personalized message. When you send invitations without personalization it’s easy to go too fast. Plus, it lowers your acceptance rate.
  4. DON’T use a 100% cut ‘n paste technique. Yep, it saves time, but it can also get you in trouble. The Facebook radar can zoom in on such activity real quick. You really need to provide some variation to each message in order to avoid this pitfall.

There have been times when I’ve commented on someone’s pet they were holding; congratulated them on the baby they were admiring in their picture; handed out compliments on a person’s hair style or a piece of clothing they were wearing. I remember a time when I complimented a lady on her dress (in a respectable manner) and it turned into a two-day exchange of emails.

I don’t’ know what your experience has been in trying to build your Facebook connections, but if you know of any tips that work, and just as importantly, some that can get you in trouble, please post them in the comment section below.

Cheers!

Jim Turner


Why Should I Join Your Group Anyway? Part #2

May 19, 2008

In my last post I was somewhat critical of well-meaning folks loading up my inbox with numerous group requests  – especially ones that aren’t of interest to me. It turns out, a lot of my friends are seeing the same thing and they don’t like it either. They’re being bombarded also.

So, today I’m going to get off my soap box and talk about why I would join your group or participate in a Joint Venture with you. It’s really not that difficult to understand – in fact it’s very simple.

First off, your group or JV opportunity has to be focused on something that I’m interested in. If you can’t get past that hurdle, forget it!

Now, some assume that I’m interested in Get Rich Quick business opportunities. Nope! Been there, done that! If you tell me I can get rich doing nothing, I’m not going to say nice things about you. 😉

And maybe even worse, I’m going to ignore you or delete your message at the speed of light. If your group comes across as one that offers me information that I can use, then you have a much better chance of getting  my attention.

Just recently someone was aggressively approaching me and my posting on my Network Wall saying they wanted my members and me to join their group because they needed to get 5,000 members in 30 days. I was given many reasons why they needed to reach that milestone, but none of them presented any benefit to me.

On the other hand if their group was focused on teaching me how I can grow my Friends by 5,000 in 30 days, I would have been very interested. In this case both of us would have benefitted. Anyone that can show people how to get 5,000 Friends in 30 days will have members knocking at their door.

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve talked a lot about what’s of interest to me in this post. I did that intentionally because that’s the way everyone else feels who reads your message. We’re all selfish and want to know, What’s In It For Me (WIIFM).

People in general are very self-centered. So when you put together your pitches or group invitations you need to make sure you let the reader know what’s in it for them… and it has to be believable.

Once you get me in your group – the real work starts. You see, now you’ve got to keep me there. The best way to do that is keep feeding me information that I can use and benefit from… not more and more pitches.

I would like to hear from you no more than a couple of times per week. Anything above that and you run the risk of annoying your members. Annoyed members hit the remove link real fast.

In closing, it’s important that you know that I’m not against offering a product or service to me or your group members. I realize most of us are in business – that means that at some point a financial transaction must take place, or we won’t be around very long.

But be willing to provide training and educational resources pertaining to how to be successful with what you’re promoting.

Now that I’ve told you how to run a group, I’d like to show you how in a practical sense. If you’re not already part of my Social Media Marketing Network on Facebook, you can join me now and watch what I do. I don’t have it ALL right, but I do a few things worth watching.

My Social Media Marketing Network Page is loaded with resources that can help you master the art of successfully growing your business using social media strategies and techniques.

Hope you enjoyed this 2-part post and found it both practical and useful.

Cheers and Happy Networking

Jim Turner


The Best $11 Investment I’ve Ever Made!

May 11, 2008

Are you like me? Sometimes when you buy eBooks and courses that don’t cost a fortune, you think they really aren’t worth the time it takes to read them.

Recently, I came across an inexpensive eBook (cost me $11) about using Facebook and I purchased it, downloaded it… and forgot about it.

Early last week I stumbled upon it while browsing through one of my folders. I decided to start browsing through it… so I thought. The next thing I knew, I ‘locked’ in on the material and I had to force myself to put it away, so I could go to bed.

The eBook I’m referring to is titled, “I’m on Facebook—Now What???” The authors are Jason Alba and Jesse Stay. Jason is a well-known social networker and Jesse is more of a social networking apps developer.

To say I was blown away by what I found in their little 100-page eBook is an understatement. If this book had been around in November of last year when I first signed onto Facebook, I could’ve saved myself months of frustration and staring at my empty profile asking myself, “OK, what do I do next?”

That’s one of the biggest questions I get from my Facebook friends. It’s not intuitively obvious how to get the ball rolling once you’ve signed up with Facebook. There are very few resources out there that can truly help you get up and running.

“I’m on Facebook—Now What???” is a gem for those still wondering, “What the heck do I do next?” And to be honest with you, there’s a lot for the more experienced Facebook users also.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in this $11-goldmine of an eBook:

  • How to set up your profile for maximum attraction, so that others will want to be friends with you.
  • Learn the secret to making a good “first impression” on your profile or Page.
  • Where to go to find potential friends, once you’ve gone through your Rolodex for the 10th time.
  • How to organize your friend list so that you can quickly find key friends in specific niches.
  • Why you need to start your own group, if you’re really serious about building deeper relationships.
  • How to use blogging to draw traffic to your Facebook profile.
  • Simple steps to using News Feed and Mini-Feed to attract traffic to your profile and ultimately get more friends to join your network.
  • Seven things you can do to create more buzz for your business on Facebook.
  • How to tap into the power of applications and supercharge your social networking ability.
  • Facebook No-Nos  – there are some unwritten rules you should be aware of… they may not get you kicked out, but they could certainly lead to embarrassment or shame down the road.
  • Although there are no set ‘rules’ in regarding how you should behave on FB, Jason gives you 6 tips that will help you stay safe and avoid embarrassment and shame.

This book will help you come up with your own action strategy to get value out of Facebook. It will help you understand the possibilities with Facebook, as well as help you figure out what you need to do to optimize the use of this social networking tool.

If you’re still reading this message, you need this ‘cheap’ but valuable social media marketing power tool. If you’re a professionals interested in expanding your career, a marketer looking to sell more of your goods and services, a business owner looking for more customers/clients or anyone involved in promoting a cause (personal or business) through social networking – this could be the best $11 investment you ever make.

It was for me! I was so impressed that I became an affiliate and decided to share this resource with you. I’m very persnickety about what I recommend to my Network members – even it’s just $11. But I feel confident that you will like and appreciate this little eBook. You could be reading it within the next 5 minutes.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the book. Post your comments on The Wall at the SMM Network.

Cheers!

Jim Turner

 


Why I Play Around with “Silly” Facebook Apps

April 30, 2008

There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t hear someone complain about some of the “silly” Facebook apps. Some experts believe that these apps are going to be the death of Facebook.

I tend to disagree with that type of thinking. And here’s why.

I see many of these apps as being similar to water cooler talk at the office or gossip in the office cafe. If these things were banned work would be very dull and uninteresting to a lot of folks. That’s kind of the way I see a lot of the “silly” apps on Facebook.

For a while, I thought they were nothing short of ‘time wasters,’ and wouldn’t dare get involved in them. Then one day I had an Ah Ha… and began to recognize the social phenomena that was taking place as people ‘poked’ each other, or ‘knighted’ you, or ‘sold/bought’ you, or any number of other possibilities.

I concluded that these “silly” apps were just another way to communicate or get in touch with people that you can’t see or talk to.

There are several that I take part in, while paying close attention to how much time I invest in them. My favorites are (Lil) Green Patch, Be a Billionaire, Super Poke, Send Good Karma and Bless You.

I typically get involved in these when my brain is toast at the end of the day and I’m too exhausted to think. Total time spent is at most 20 mins. But I believe it’s time well spent because I’m reaching out to people.

I’m actually competing with a few friends in Be a Billionaire app – getting close to being a billionaire($847 million net worth). In the Lil Green Patch, I’ve save 52 square feet of rainforest.

So, go ahead… lighten up a little. Let a friend poke you once in a while. LOL

Cheers!
Jim