After overhearing the video play on my boss’ machine and hearing that it was produced by Lee Lefever, I realized that I’ve met Lee before. I believe it was at BlogWorldExpo or SXSW this past year. Very cool.
Currently I’m sitting at 695 friends on Facebook. Many of my "real world" friends think that’s quite a few, and I wouldn’t argue with them too much except that I know people with far more than that.
I once had someone tell me that the "friends" I have on Facebook should only consist of those people I’d be willing to give a kidney. I guess that implies that there should be a very high level of commitment and connection to the individuals I call "friend" on the social network.
I will say that the vast majority of friends on Facebook are people that I know and have actually met. The other additional group of friends I have listed or those individuals that I’ve worked with and crossed paths together because of my blogging at b5media.
I recently created a Facebook page for my business, Bnpositive Communication, endeavors related to blogging and social media. I’ve been trying to decide if directing friend requests from people I don’t know, or have only met through my blogging relationships is more appropriate?
The problem though is I don’t know if the connection really feels the same that way. Should I setup different pages for each of my blog projects? Do I feel as connected to my "Fans" as I do my "Friends". Are they kept in the loop as much?
If you’re one of my Facebook Friends right now and I drop you, don’t take it personally, but I encourage you to become a fan of Bnpositive Communication to stay in touch with what I’m doing related to my various blogging activities.
Are you selective with who you add as your friends to social networks, or do you just add anyone that asks to be your friends?
Are we forsaking deep, meaningful real-world friendships for broad and shallow friendships through social networks?
I’m still amazed at the connections I’m able to make through the use of twitter. Perhaps the types of connections that impress the most are ones where I’m introduced to our assisted by a company that’s decided to use twitter as a means to connect with existing and potential customers.
That took place recently when I simply tweeted a statement about being warmed by a space heater in my office. Shortly after my tweet hit the Internet I was messaged by someone at Vornado that was on twitter and they asked what brand of space heater I was using.
I hadn’t really paid attention, but looked and noticed it was one by Patton, their direct competitor. After doing a quick search I can’t even find Patton’s website on the Internet, but here I am talking to someone from Vornado who’s interested in my experiences with space heaters and what I’m using.
After a bit of a conversation with me about what I liked about the space heater and perhaps what I was looking for, I was offered an opportunity to review one of their space heaters and they would be very interested in my experience with it, which I’ll share with you shortly.
Let me refocus on the power of twitter and similar social media tools currently available. Are you using them to connect with your potential customers? your competitor’s customers? your existing customers? I’ll tell you right now, just from the simple experience of meeting and chatting with this guy on twitter, Vornado is THE brand I now think of when someone mentions a space heater or other airflow devices that are similar.
UPDATE: Brian Cartwright, the person behind Vornado’s twitter activity was recently interviewed on the Pistachio Consulting website. He discusses how he got started on twitter for Vornado and what they’re goals are for its use.
If you’re interested in hearing about my actual experiences with the product Vornado sent me to review, continue reading.