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How NOT To Use IM Faceplate
Created on July 30th, 2010

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Jon Olson - The T.E. Guy
(jonolson)
joined Jun 2010
location Edmonton, Canada
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Jul 30th 2010 at 11:33 AM
I posted this on Hit Exchange News, but I thought it's very valid for everyone to read. Let me know what you think....

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So I’m checking out my account at IMfaceplate and I seem to be bombarded with silly ‘pitches’ in my inbox and they start off something like this…

Hi, I followed you, you should do the same for me and while you are at it check out this (enter generic loser matrix program here)

Seriously?

Folks…This whole social networking thing is not about pitching people. It’s not about sending twenty emails or private messages a day. It’s not about annoying your future potential business partners. It’s about people…

And people (I count as a person sometimes) don’t like to be yelled at and essentially that is what you are doing when you join a social networking site and start throwing links in front of people. Get to know the person. Like an article or two of theirs. Join their mailing list. Comment on blogs. Ask a question.

This takes time. I know, it’s not what most folks want to hear, but it’s the REAL way to build relationships with your lists, your referrals and your social network. Most people won’t follow this advice though and continue to spam their networks, there isn’t much we can do about that but anyone that does want to REALLY embrace the power of this social stuff, I urge you to get to KNOW the people in your circle before you start sending links to them.

Remember, social networking is about people…Treat them like you want to be treated yourself.


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Roger Pearson
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Jul 30th 2010 at 11:49 AM
Amen. I get these all the time, but never reply. I just try and put quality info on my page. I find that the type of people that I want to do business with will appreciate good articles, not sales pitches or what their latest tweet was. IMHO.

-The Headmaster


Louise Venison
(lulubel)
joined Jul 2010
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Jul 30th 2010 at 12:52 PM
Obviously, I agree with what you're saying, Jon, but always remember ..... the delete button is your friend :)


Jon Olson - The T.E. Guy
(jonolson)
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Jul 30th 2010 at 13:38 PM
Ha ha ha so true Louise.

Headmaster - Yup, completely agree and so far I have seen some very good articles in IMfaceplate.


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Doug Abney
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Aug 1st 2010 at 4:40 AM
Yes when I first started out I am afraid I was guilty of this myself-but soon learned it didn't really get me anywhere.


Roosevelt Evans III
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Aug 1st 2010 at 16:36 PM
There was this very meaningful but simple phrase the Navi used in the movie "Avatar" to acknowledge close or intimate relationships, "I see you". If we really are honest the primary reason we are all here on IM faceplate is for exposure or for others to "see" us. Many confuse promoting our Biz-Ops as the sole objective of being here on IM faceplate but that is a wrong perspective, in my book.
If we want people to "see" us then we must also "see" them. I am committed to really looking at what others are about and doing, for the purpose of really "seeing" them and if I do this, I am certain they will also "see" me, thus there will be mutual benefit, both financially and spiritually.
"I see you"!


Tim W. Flowers
(timflowers)
joined Jul 2010
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Aug 10th 2010 at 19:22 PM
I wish the system was set up like Facebook, where becoming friends with someone is automatically a two way friendship. This business of "following" is too time consuming. You end up following people who won't reciprocate, or else you have new followers you can't keep up with and you fail to follow them back by accident. It's a high maintenance affair.


Kenya S.
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location Cincinnati
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Aug 10th 2010 at 19:31 PM
Having this system has its advantages as well. Even though it can be tedious having to go back and follow those who have followed you, now you aren't automatically following every spammer who knows that their link will cross your eyes if we are friends.

I unashamedly admit that I DO NOT follow everyone that follows me. I do look at their profile and investigate what they are into, and what their goals are. If we share similar goals, then I will follow back; but if they look as though all they do is post links and spam, or just don't have any content at all, I don't.


Tyler Huculak
(tyler)
joined Jul 2010
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Aug 10th 2010 at 20:00 PM
Kenya has brought up the exact reason we do NOT have automatic following of your followers. This is a very different place from facebook in that facebook is more about keeping up with actual friends and family, whereas IM faceplate is more about marketing yourself and your ideas ... and most of the relationships you form here will be new ones (also unlike facebook).

In the end, you should really only follow someone that you have an INTEREST in. Blindly following someone for the simple reason that they followed you first is not an efficient way to build up your network because the person that followed you might have done it just to get their faceplate out there. I would highly recommend that people take a quick look at the faceplate of the person before following them. If it looks like they might have some good stuff to offer up in the future, then follow them right back.

In the end, having an automatic follow might save time on the front end (not having to actually look at each follower and follow manually), but you would then spend your entire day sifting through your activity feed to find anything of use.

Anyways, that's why we deliberately avoided any kind of auto-follow.

And remember that the time you spend in IM faceplate is most certainly not 'wasted' time. In fact, it might actually be the most important part of your day when it comes to building your presence online.


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Jon Benton
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Aug 10th 2010 at 20:23 PM
I agree, I have gotten several messages after someone followed me almost demanding I follow them. If I want to follow them I will checkout their face and see what they are about and see if I want to follow them. They really don't need to send links if they have them setup on the Faceplate.


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