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Do you use facebook for social reasons, business purposes, or both?

Asked by jengray72 (143points) April 15th, 2011

Lately I’ve been following more and more pages devoted to small businesses, and I’m wondering how effective they are. I have a lot of facebook friends already, so should I incorporate my business aspects into that page, or start a separate one where I would have to build friends and followers from scratch?

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JLeslie's avatar

Primarily social. I find it entertaining.

I do get updates from my alumni association, which I like, and a few other groups.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I don’t have my business info on my Facebook page.I don’t go there often enough anyway
.It drives me nuts.;)
I would do that separate from a social page if I were you.

Kardamom's avatar

You should do you best not to mix your social life with your business page. Make 2 separate pages. You don’t want to have your clients accidentally seeing you sh*tfaced at a party or seeing endless photos of your neices and nephews or to hear about your political affiliations. You also don’t want to subject your friends and relatives to listening to your business spiels. Keep it all separate.

Jude's avatar

Social.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Social.
However, I will say that I love when I can follow a business on Facebook, and receive updates or info through their Facebook page.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Social. I would never use it for business, like with coworkers and bosses and the whole “networking” thing. However, if you don’t have a website, I love it when businesses have Facebook pages letting me know things like hours, location, contact info, and a few updates.

cbloom8's avatar

Observation and information.

ragingloli's avatar

I do not use facebook. And neither should you or anyone.

Kardamom's avatar

@ragingloli I wish we could go back to the days before Facebook even existed. I hate it, but I can only get information from my younger relatives from that site, because they don’t phone, write letters, e-mail or even phone. But we do a lot of family things together and I like all of them, but this is the only way they are willing to communicate unless we’re actually sitting face to face. I don’t think they do it to be mean or lazy, they just look at our old ways of doing things as archaic, and time wasting. Whereas I see the old ways as personal and specific.

TexasDude's avatar

I use it to keep in touch with friends and to promote my writing and photography.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I use it for strictly social contact. I prefer to do any business in person.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Today I let my friends know that a company I’ve worked for in the past was looking for certain types of skilled people and to contact me if they had those skills.

It’s rare that I do that, though. I’m mostly social on it.

filmfann's avatar

I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. It is a quick and easy way to keep track of what is going on.
Last week, a friend died up in Oregon. We found out about it when we saw a post about it.
Some people may feel that is a bit tacky, but I like it. It beats having to call all your friends and tell them bad news like this.

Aethelwine's avatar

Facebook is a great way to advertise your small business, especially if you get involved with a game or two. I noticed one woman who added friends from a Farmville friends exchange to advertise her landscaping business. She’s received some new customers because of this. My husband has also found a few listeners for his podcast. Facebook can help if you are ready to whore your name and business. ;)

Don’t start from scratch. More people will add you if they notice you have a friend in common. Privacy settings will help if you want to keep social and business separate.

illyasviel's avatar

I use it mainly for socializing and would you believe? for academic purposes. It’s easy to communicate to people when it comes to group work. Plus, it would be easy to track them since Facebook is one of the most frequently visited sites on the net. The only downside to my using it for academics is the fact that it’s very distracting and my parents always assume that I’m not prioritizing as well as I should. :))

pshizzle's avatar

Social. That’s what Facebook was made for!

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