Two 'Faces' Have I, or, Please Don't Take My Facebook Away!

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Real Estate Agent with Crescent City Living, LLC 77619

It's no news that we Real Estate professionals should log into the social networking craze as shown by all of us reading this on Active Rain. But when one of our office folks recently told me that I had to dedicate Facebook to business for optimum success, I said, "Whoa! Wait a minute...not my Facebook, too!"

Let's face it: I have been happily blown away by all the high school and college chums that have resurfaced. I even don't mind the ghosts from the past that have haunted my friend requests. Heck, a friend from California and I have a bloody battle raging with the "Know It All" quiz application. I love my business and my clients dearly, but I simply couldn't see myself logging on to Facebook day after day and having to "be careful" with how I react to friends' and families' cryptic and sly status updates. I'll do anything for business, but PLEASE, don't take my Facebook away!

Fortunately, I've come to a solution. I've set up an entirely separate and professional Facebook site with a secondary email address and a more professional profile picture. It's a little more time consuming and hectic, but what the hay. If you're addicted to the personal side of Facebook like I am, then it's worth it to keep those horrible college kegger pics rolling!

Of course several folks have crossed that great divide from client to friends, and when it happens, they're always excited to join me on the personal Facebook site (with all disclaimers to content handled before hand, of course).

Sounds like a recipe for becoming bi-polar or something, but it's working for now! Let me hear from some fellow Facebook addicts out there.

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Troy Jowers, New Orleans Realtor
Proudly brokered by Crescent City Living, LLC
Licensed in Louisiana

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Troy,

I jumed facebook and went straight to Twitter.  I like it because readers will only see what you post, and not crazy friend posts.  :)

It's simple and easy to start and run.  You can check mine out here:  www.twitter.com/darmiller

I hope you find the recommendation helpful!  dar

 

June 19, 2009 09:07 AM
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Troy Jowers
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Crescent City Living, LLC

Hi Dar! I've begun following you on Twitter! I'm beginning to use Twitter, but don't think it can replace the networking I do on my business FB profile. Twitter seems to be leaning heavily toward mobile networking and I don't find it useful for longer bits of information like a listing. And of course I still like my crazy friend posts on the social side, so Twitter won't be able to completely replace my personal FB profile.

It's been a little frantic juggling the two, but I think in the 3 weeks since I've written the post, I've gotten much better at it. So far, so good!

June 19, 2009 11:51 AM
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I know, every site seems to do something specific better than the others.  I also have a linkedin account that I like..but these things can get out of hand!  lol

August 18, 2009 11:08 AM
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Amen, Henry! I have only begun to really utilize my Linked-In site. I have asked several non-Realtor folks to join it, so that I may send my clients to a referral base of contactor, plumbers, electricians, house cleaners, etc. We'll see how that goes!

August 19, 2009 10:40 AM
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I don't Facebook exacty because I DON'T want all the high school and college chums showing up on my page. There are reasons why I moved from Texas to California.

September 10, 2009 11:33 AM
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