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
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Russ Ravary
Keller Williams Commerce - Commerce, MI
Metro Detroit homes - Michigan Real estate & Mortg

But won't people still be able to see those kegger pictures.  I don't have time to keep up with it all already.

May 30, 2009 07:54 PM #1
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Dana Wilkinson
Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX - The Woodlands, TX
Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conroe-Montgomery

Hey! Troy,

I am with you on the friends only on one Facebook and another for business.  The problem comes when one of your "friends" starts bringing in the whole band...then it soon becomes a big wide world seeing those horrible college kegger pics you mention, and just a matter of time until...

Bet they are not as bad as you think, HEY!  there may be some college kegger party guys looking for a house! 

May 30, 2009 08:00 PM #2
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Troy, I also thought about doing the same, but I have a question. Can you have two Facebook accounts? I was under the impression that you can only have one. I'd rather keep them separate too!

May 30, 2009 08:03 PM #3
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Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Troy,

I've thought about setting up another account as well.  Although I haven't really developed my facebook account to it's potential yet.  I'm probably almost the opposite I started one for business and now I'm thinking I need to start a personal one as well.

May 30, 2009 08:08 PM #4
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Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author

Troy,

You can have a "page" for your business with the business name and persona and a separate "profile" for personal use - or you can use the profile for all your needs as many choose to do. :)

Steve

May 30, 2009 09:29 PM #5
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Nannette Hilliard
Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate - Monroe, WI
CDPE, ABR, CRS

Yes we as a office set up and office site and any of us can go on and facebook pictures etc. I agree I want facebook for pals.  I do just put family pics and only new listings on my personal. Otherwise strictly for fun.

May 30, 2009 10:10 PM #6
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
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I thought Facebook was to show the "real you"!  Nannette has a great idea to set up the office Facebook and you have a secondary page.  Great ideas!

May 31, 2009 09:29 AM #7
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Troy Jowers
Crescent City Living, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Realtor

Russ, the only way the clients see the personal pics is if I allow them as "friends" on the Personal profile. And the reverse holds true, those old college pics don't come up on the Professional profile because my old acquaintances are not "friends" on the Professional profile. You're right though, it can be quite a bit to keep up with!

Dana, I'm in kind of a weird situation where my SOI from the old days is not in the area I work. In other words it would be highly unlikely that my old friends/family would be running in the same circles as my clients. But even if it happens, you can remove individual threads from just your feed. Hover over the upper left corner of any comment, news feed, status, etc. and you can delete it. It doesn't delete from the writer's profile or any of their friends but it will take it off yours.

Lourdes, It's all based on email address, so if you have separate email addresses for business and personal, then you can indeed have two accounts.

Brian, I wholly recommend getting in to the personal side of Facebook. You won't believe who you'll find on there...a colleague recently told me she was contacted by people she hasn't seen since before high school!

Steve, as mentioned in my original posts, there are some clients and some personal postings that just would not mix well!

Nanette, I was thinking about setting up an office profile, too. We have impromptu meetings and SWAT teams where we critique each others' listings, etc. and I think it would e an easy repository for those who missed the meeting or for posting anything that comes up that won't wait until the next meeting. Thanks, Nanette!

Kay, another problem, at least for me, having one site for all is that I have over 200 friends on my personal site. The feed gets so long on my profile that potential clients and colleagues have to scroll through mounds of baby and vacation pictures from personal friends just to get to anything remotely related to real estate. And of course that will never happen! So though I believe both show the "real" me, they definitely each serve very different purposes.

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback!

May 31, 2009 10:12 AM #8
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pro's"

I went on for business networking, but like found that my old friends found me, now it's persoanl and business, so I'm starting a new account for my "real" friends. 

June 01, 2009 11:51 PM #9
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I do have a facebook account and sometimes find it hard to keep up with all of the social networking sites --- I am sure I will learn more as I go along - Thanks!

June 06, 2009 07:02 AM #10
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Troy Erickson
Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Troy - It sounds like you have already determined that two accounts are best for your situation.  I started on facebook for business, and now see that it can be much more social.  I wouldn't mind setting up a separate account for personal, but not exactly sure how to manage everything.

June 11, 2009 05:11 PM #11
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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 #12
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Troy Jowers
Crescent City Living, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Realtor

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 #13
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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 #14
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Troy Jowers
Crescent City Living, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Realtor

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 #15
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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.

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