Facebook Is Serious Business! Don’t get caught up in the games!

Your time is precious.  How are you spending it?

Greetings from Bridgewater Nova Scotia, Nancy Bain and Supernova Studios. Your Nova Scotia virtual tours provider.

I have close to 700 friends on facebook. Each “friend” is filed to a certain list. Ex- high school, family, friends, RTV Dealers, Social Media, Real Estate, and one I simply call Networking.

I discipline myself to one hour per day networking on facebook. Please visit my fan page at http://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaVirtualTours  For many of you, you do not have that much time (and that’s a good thing) but typically, I spend 20 minutes first thing in the morning (then CLOSE facebook), and the rest of the time in the evening on my “off” time.

My email inbox is constantly open and downloads email automatically. I get notifications all day long via my inbox from facebook. I will (quickly) read the notification and decide if it is worth interrupting my work to respond to. I respond to all friend requests immediately with a thank you “inbox” (which I have saved and copy and paste)  telling them my story. I explain that I am an RTV Dealer in Nova Scotia, that I offer 360 degree, full screen high definition virtual tours  that will rank organically on google and can be shared through social media platforms. I tell them my passion is social media that I offer a social ignition e-course at my site they are welcome to participate in.

Facebook  for me is about two things. Networking and Learning. I only read newsfeed information from these lists: RTV Dealers, Social Media, Real Estate and Networking. Organize your friends into “lists” so that you can concentrate on what is important in the newsfeed and not waste time on the rest of it.

Networking: I spend half my twenty minutes networking and engaging people. I wish happy birthday’s, I comment on photos, and status updates (from the above lists) and from the fan pages that I have chosen to “like”.

Learning: I DO NOT “LIKE” RANDOM PAGES. They clog up my newsfeed and waste my time. I only “like “ pages that will supply me with valuable industry related information. And I comment on these pages too. THAT is where the friend requests are coming from that I file under “networking”. These are LIKE MINDED people in the industry who have a passion for: photography, social media, real estate, etc. Some of these people/pages offer valuable insight or tips that is related to OUR BUSINESS.

Facebook can be addictive. Which brings me to the point of this blog. If you are playing games on facebook, chatting with friends, and not using it as a business too. You are wasting your valuable time.

Here is a tip if your newsfeed is clogged with constant “game” notifications:

On your regular News Feed, you can weed out the updates from farming, organized crime, vampire, or casual games your friends are playing. Just move the mouse cursor to the end of the first line from an update from say, Mafia Wars, and click the Hide button that appears. A box pops up giving you the option to either hide game updates (or the friend) from your News Feed.

A better way to do this is by organizing your “friends” in to lists and only following those “worth” following.

If you aren’t sure how to organize your friends into lists, or if you have any questions related to facebook, please be sure to “like” my page at http://www.supernovastudios.ca and post any questions you have there. I answer all questions within 24 hours.

I’m spending my time on facebook networking and learning. I hope you are too. Don’t get caught up in the games and pointless time wasted.

Your Nova Scotia virtual tours provider,
Nancy Bain

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Our services include building optimized, functional and self managed WordPress websites, Nova Scotia social media training and consulting, interactive full screen high definition virtual tours with lead capture and print advertising. For most of our clients, we are their one stop solution for all things marketing, branding and small business development related.