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What Everyone Ought To Know About Social Media

July 21, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

What Everyone Ought To Know About Social MediaWith Google’s recent entrance onto the social media scene, people are talking.  A LOT!  Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post on how cool Google+ is.  To be honest with you, I haven’t had enough time to play around in it yet. Yes, I got an invitation to join (thanks Dev) and it’s a pretty cool site.  It’s new!!!

Here’s the deal, if you are online to build a business that hopefully will lead you to financial security (isn’t that what we all want) then you better be using social media.

I know, I know, I’ve heard it too.  A lot of the so called gurus will say, “stop wasting your time playing around on Facebook because that’s not going to make you any money”. WRONG!!! Where do you think I’m locating my new business partners?  Yep, that’ s right! Facebook!!!  Can you say 750 million people!

Thanks to my friend, Ilka Flood of The Enlightened Networker“, she recently wrote a post on this very topic.  In that post she included a really cool video that had me even sit up and take notice.  I thought I would share that with you now.

Check this out and then I’ll see you below.  I’m not quite done yet.  Shock!!!

Now I know I’m still not quite up on the times but I did recently purchase an iPod Touch (thank you for that recommendation Ms. Carolyn Nicander Mohr).   I’m still playing with it but it really is pretty darn cool.

The point I want to make is you watched the video right!  Can you see where if you aren’t building relationships through social media you are going to be left behind!

How many commercials do you watch, or even your local news, and they say follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  That’s because they are smart enough to understand that the majority of the population is on social media sites.

As of this writing (July 2011):

  • Facebook now has around 750 million users.
  • Twitter is estimated to have between 175 to 200 millions users.
  • LinkedIn has over 100 million users.

I know that social media sites can be overwhelming and you can end up spending a lot of your time there if you aren’t careful.  But there is a right way and a wrong way to use these sites.

The wrong way would be to spam your friends with your latest and greatest product, service, company, etc.  The right way would be to start building relationships and make some new friends.  If you want to have success online, that is the way to do it.

You also don’t have to join every single one under the sun but I would suggestion you at least pay attention to the top three.  Oh, and let’s not forget Google+ who will be opening their doors soon.  I wouldn’t be so quick to ignore them.  I do believe they have something up their sleeves.

If you aren’t using social media, if you aren’t building relationships, if you aren’t sharing other people’s content and if you aren’t introducing people to who you are, you need to get on the band wagon today.

Your future customers, clients and prospects are all online chatting about everything. They are probably looking for what you have to offer so if you aren’t taking advantage of this you are missing the boat.  Big time!

Your turn!!!  What about you?

  • Are you using social media to meet people and to build relationships outside your blog?
  • Are you getting to know new people and what their interests are, their likes and dislikes?
  • Which social media site is your favorite and which one brings you the most traffic?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject as well.

I don’t know about you but I love being online, building relationships and all while I have the privilege of getting to know others.  Hey, I met you didn’t I?  Look how well that turned out!

{ 85 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alexis
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Over the past 2 days I’ve been playing with Google+. I’m amazed. Just after few hours using it I felt in love.I now prefer it to Twitter.I already put about 3000 people in my circles and have been added by more than 200 people in their circles.By the way I had a sale(affiliate sale) from one of blog visitor from my Google+ activities.
I think Google+ is a real threat to Facebook and Twitter. In fact Google’s “+1″ Button is More Successful Than Twitter’s “Tweet” Button.

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2 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Hi Alexis,

Thank you for sharing that with me. As I mentioned, I haven’t had time to really dive in and play around. I haven’t even been posting my blog posts over there because I just haven’t had time to fit this all into my schedule. I know it’s important and I know a lot of people love it and it will be very important for me to take the time and figure this all out. I continue to get a lot of requests everyday so I have no doubt it’s going to be a big hit.

Thank you for sharing your results with me. I really appreciate that and you’ve given me the shove I need in that direction.

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3 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Hello Adrienne and yes, I’m using social media to meet people. As I gain traction I will use it to become more effective in networking and being more strategic and purposeful of how I build out my communities from here.

Yes, it is here to stay and those numbers certainly tell it all. No time to put your head in the sand, but embrace it instead and figure out where you fit into it and how it will work for you.

Thanks for sharing this today and good to see you.

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4 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Hey Bill, thanks for stopping by this morning. Always a pleasure to see your smiling face.

I wasn’t really surprised by those statistics since I had a feeling that with the way technology alone is growing that I already know how many people use their cell phones more than the computer now days. But where are they all? Facebook and Twitter, chatting up with their friends. And when something changes in the world, people instantly know about it through social media. If businesses aren’t on there yet, they are WAY behind.

You’ve gotten very good at it my friend and you really have a great following now. Just think where you were just a few months ago, that’s how quickly things change and you learn.

Have a great day and it’s always great to see you.

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5 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Awesome insights Adrienne. I use social media alot. However, I try to keep to my blog and the activities that I need to do to make it grow. This is just from a business perspective I guess. on a personal note. i feel social networks are a great way to connect with family and friends who are living in foreign countries.

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Thank you Eddie, I appreciate that.

I’m with you, I use it mainly to connect people to me which leads them to have an interest in what I do. I don’t really chat up that much with family and friends, although I do from time to time. That’s not why I got on Facebook or Twitter. But you are right, it’s a fabulous place to keep up with family and friends who live in another country. You can see them via photos and now video and it’s like they are right there. You can’t get much better than that.

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7 Connie McKnight July 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Adrienne,
Social Media is so much a part of my life now, it’s always getting integrated in my regular life. It’s so easy to keep up on what’s happening in the world and meet wonderful people, like you. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of it?

I like Twitter the best, but like you, I haven’t yet tried Google+. I’m sure I’ll give it a try soon. So many new relationships to build.

Connie

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Hi Connie,

I do believe it’s a wonderful invention. Ever since people started integrating home computers into their lives it’s just much easier to keep up with people. It’s not that we aren’t a personal society but we all have friends and relatives that live in different states (and countries) that you don’t get to see as often and this is the best way to share things with them.

Businesses are finally getting on the band wagon here because it’s a relationship business. Word of mouth is huge for any business and when people aren’t happy with a product, where do you think they will go to share their dislike! Be there, pay attention, get in on the conversation and do something about it. Yep, social media is huge and we don’t want to be left behind.

Twitter is your favorite now? I have more interaction on Facebook but I do love Twitter a lot more now that I’ve gotten use to how to actually use it correctly. It is a learning experience, that’s for sure. Glad you are enjoying it.

As always, thanks Connie for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this. I appreciate it!

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9 Mouh
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Shame on me. I am someone who ignores social media, but just a tad. I do believe it is time consuming. That’s the culprit I think. But that isn’t an excuse, right? I do love meeting new people and building relationships. I meet most of the people I love online. :)

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10 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Your blog isn’t the only place to build relationships Mouh… Once you start building those relationships on places like Facebook or Twitter, people will be able to learn more about you and how you can help. Because they now know, like and trust you, that will entice them to head over to your blog and see what you have to offer. It’s like anything else, schedule your time you are on there. But don’t ever leave that out because there are millions and millions and millions of people on social media looking for what you have to offer.

As always, it’s a pleasure to see you here my friend. Have a blessed day! See you soon.

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11 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Mouh, I agree with Adrienne. You shouldn’t regard social media as time consuming, but as relationship-building. You’re off to a great start with your Klout score. But the more you tweet and post on Facebook and Google+, the more folks will discover your amazing blog full of free tools for their blogs.

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12 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Hi Adrienne, Thanks for the shoutout! I’m so glad (but not surprised) you’re loving your iPod Touch!

You’re absolutely right, social media is beyond goofing off. It’s a vital way to make connections in this online world. Google+ is just the latest way of making these connections. You have shown me other ways too (such as our awesome friend Richie’s Facebook page) that have helped me make connections.

Thank you, Adrienne, for your valued advice, support and friendship!

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13 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Hey Carolyn,

Thank YOU for all your support and for helping me figure out how to use this darn iPod. I’m getting there because of your help so I appreciate your time and patience.

Social media is the key to meeting others and you are right, had it not been for that, we would not have learned some of the things we have and progressed to where we are. It’s a beautiful thing.

I value your advice, support and friendship as well young lady. Thank you so much.

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14 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Adrienne, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the iPod Touch. This may just be your gateway gadget to the wonderful world of tech! (Though you have taught me plenty about tech.)

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15 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM

I believe you are right Carolyn. I’m going to have my neighbor come over tomorrow because he knows a lot about WiFi connections and stuff plus he said that I can use their connection for my iPod so he’s going to show me what I need to do to set that up. So, I might not have to go anywhere after all, we shall see. This is definitely my first experience into the gadget world, that’s for sure and you know I’ll eventually get this all figured out. But, it’s been because of you and your patience with helping me figure this out. You are a godsend, thank you so much.

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16 Riya July 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I use Facebook and Twitter very much for my site promotion and relation building. But I don’t know much about LinkedIn. If you can tell me how to use LinkedIn much better that would be great. ;) Waiting for your response.

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17 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

H Riya,

I’m with you, I use those two the most. Am going through some training at the moment trying to learn how to use LinkekIn to my advantage so as soon as I get through all of that I’ll be writing some posts and sharing it with my readers so stay tuned to that.

Thanks for your input.

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18 Riya July 24, 2011 at 1:37 AM

That would be really great and I’m waiting for your LinkedIn post. :)

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19 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 24, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Thanks Riya, I hope it won’t be too terribly long in coming. Stay tuned. :-)

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20 Allyson Stewart July 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Hi, Adrienne

I too have heard a lot about social media, especially lately. I hope to join a few of the ones you’ve mentioned. In fact, I’ve been meaning to for a while. Maybe when things calm down some for me, in a month or so. I know it’s important, so I’ll need to do it soon.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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21 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Hi Allyson,

So you aren’t on any social media sites now? I know you have a Facebook like button on your blog so now I know why you don’t give us an opportunity to share your content on Twitter. If I were you, I would make it a priority to put that in place today. Waiting for things to slow down never happens, trust me. It takes 30 minutes tops to set up your account and that’s just because you’ll want to put up a pic, bio, etc. and take your time. But you need to give others a way to share your content. That’s how it’s going to get noticed more and bring you more visitors to your blog. Unless that’s not really important to you. I wouldn’t think that would be the case though.

Appreciate your comment and hope the next time I visit your place you have that tweet button for me to share. Just be sure to set it up so that your Twitter ID is attached so you’ll know who’s sharing your content.

Thanks and have a great day!

Adrienne

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22 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Adrienne, I agree with you about Allyson’s site, but the real reason Allyson should be on social media sites is so the world can discover her amazing blog! Allyson writes extremely useful articles and takes complex subjects and makes them simple. The more the world finds out about her blog, the more they will discover a very useful and informative resource!

Allyson, please join social media so more people can benefit from your extraordinary talents! :-)

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23 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM

You are so right Carolyn, she breaks things down so it’s so easy to follow. I have several blogs that I have categorized so that I can go back to whenever I run across any type of problem because that’s what they write about, that’s what they teach us and that’s where I’m able to learn. More people need to be able to benefit from what she has to offer. I appreciate you pointing that out. Shame on me! :-)

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24 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Absolutely no shame, Adrienne. You guide us all with your knowledge, caring and warmth! :-)

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25 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Ah thank you my beloved friend. You are way too kind… :-)

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26 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Great stuff Adrienne. I’m big in recommending to businesses that they use social media but only if they have the time to give to it. So many people get sucked up into the fun things about social media, which is okay, but if they also have to make money and really don’t have the time for extraneous stuff then they shouldn’t even consider it unless they have some help.

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27 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Why thank you Mitch, I appreciate that.

You are right, like anything else you have to allot your time and only spend it when it’s going to benefit you the most. Stop playing around people, we have a business to run. But what I love about my business is that it’s connecting with people. Building relationships and seeing how I might be of service. If I can’t help them, I just might know someone who can.

Thanks for your input Mitch, I always enjoy hearing from you.

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28 jenny July 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I just wanted to say: That video was amazing and compelling. I know that Facebook specifically has been a godsend to me and my business. While, I’m not getting a lot of “clients” there, I am able to communicate with people and plan parties and such with more ease.

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29 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

That video was something else wasn’t it Jenny! I was amazed too although now I’m not really surprised. Glad to hear that Facebook has been very instrumental in helping with your business. I can only imagine.

Thank you for your comment Jenny, I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

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30 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m signed to about 50 networks ……… I wish I hadn’t done it now. They come and go so quickly. My infrastructure is so extreme that I just don’t have time to do the social thing. I have to work. So I’m down to Twitter and Facebook and you know what a problem Facebook has been for me. I’m still trying to get “down the rabbit hole” going. I applied for a developers licence so that I can develop my own apps and man, I’ve seen some learning curves but this is ridiculous. I mean it’s not impossible, but I’m going to have to take the better part of the month dealing with the gears of that machine. Right as I’m getting ready to launch! Just great.

I’ll have to admit I’m still struggling with the how to’s of the Internet Marketing thing. Once I get rolling I don’t want to be derailed because I don’t know how to code a Facebook app. Right now it’s not so bad as I’m not all that popular. But once I get going I don’t want to look like I’m clueless and hold up the show.

Who has time to be social? I may miss my mark here, but I think I will be sought after for my skills set as opposed to being a “really nice guy”.

Again, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here, I’m just a tad long in the tooth for that, so I have to rely on the backgrounds of the top pros in this business. I don’t see the Frank Kerns’ or the Alex Jeffreys’ or the Gary Vayner-whoevers’ doing the social thing. And all three are enormously popular. I’m not sure if I have time left in my life to leverage myself to that level while dealing with the new media generation. However, what I am focusing on here is that you can excel without doing the social thing.

My resistance here? It takes a ton of time to be social. I mean a ton of time. Again I may miss my mark here but “good/popular guys finish last” ???

Signed …… Lonely In Blue Ridge.

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31 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Hey Jeffrey,

I know that every time another social media site is introduced I’m getting invitations from everyone to join. I ignore them all because I can barely keep up with the ones I’m in right now. So it can definitely get very overwhelming, that’s for sure.

Social media is important because it can get your “brand” spread out all over the internet very quickly and easily. Also for what you promote/sell, people will mostly purchase something from someone they know, like and trust. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Frank, Alex and Gary all built their lists by getting themselves out there in front of the public. They all have their own blogs and although they may not have specifically built their business using Facebook or Twitter, you will definitely find them all on both Facebook and Twitter. They continue to build their brand through the social media sites so I know you have your Facebook page up and I know you are on Twitter. So you have that much of the battle won.

I know how it is when there aren’t enough hours I the day, I run into that myself. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you but just keep that in mind. It’s how the word is going to be spread about what you have to offer.

Take care Mr. Lonely!!! Hang in there and enjoy the rest of what is left of this week and have a fabulous weekend. Later my friend.

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32 Justin
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I prefer the simplicity of Twitter but I get way more traffic from Facebook. I am fine with Social Media but I don’t spend more than 10 minutes on either one of them a Day.

I just watched the FaceBook movie, I forget the title but It gave me a new found appreciation for the site.

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33 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Hey Justin,

I have gotten to where I’m enjoying Twitter a lot more than I did in the beginning. I found it to be rather confusing. But I get more traffic from Facebook, but I’m on there much more. It’s easier for me to build relationships through that community due to being able to share more I suppose. So for now, I still like it.

I saw the movie earlier this year and you are right, once you watch it you really “get it”. I don’t care what anyone says about Mark, he’s one hell of a smart guy! Kudos to him.

Enjoy your weekend.

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34 Franziska San Pedro
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I spend quite a good amount of my time on facebook and twitter -I would say these are my favorite! I use facebook for my family and friends and to stay in touch with them. The ones I invite on facebook, I select carefully because I have a lot of personal stuff there.
Twitter is my favorite to reach out to people I don’t know that well and to make new connections. Once I feel comfortable with the ones I met there, I might add them to facebook.

Google+ is new and I am there to check it out and because I don’t want to miss the boat!! Never know whether it is going to take off or not. I was on FB and Twitter when they just came out and left MySpace quite early. All of a sudden FB took off and it was good to be there already!

Without the social media boat, I would have never gotten to meet you. My life is much richer with you and I am happy that we connected on the major sites -hopefully we’ll meet in person one day!

Franziska San Pedro

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35 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Hi Franziska,

Sounds like you are doing well on all the biggest social media sites, or let’s say, the ones we believe count. :-)

I’m with you, still have to take the time to figure Google+ out but I will, eventually. Just have a few more important things to take care of first.

Social media is fabulous and you are so right. Had it not been for that, we would have never met and I’m thrilled to know you now, to have the privilege to see your work and I was so excited to learn you live here in Texas. Social media rocks!!!

Thank you so much for your input, always appreciate you stopping by. Hope you’ve enjoyed your day and looking forward to the weekend.

Adrienne

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36 Armand Polanski July 22, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Google+ is getting a lot of BUZZ online. What the difference between this one and facebook?

I agree social media is the way to go, if your business is not on the web you will surely miss a lot of opportunity to grow.

Armand Polanski

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37 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Hi Armand,

Great to see you my friend, hope all is well with you today.

From what I am understanding, Google+ wants to get the attention of the people who care a lot more about their privacy since Facebook has so many issues. They have a more controlled service with putting friends, acquaintances, family, etc. in different circles so when you post a message you can have that show to just one particular group or everyone. I haven’t gotten deep down into it yet to figure this all out but I have a feeling they will give Facebook a run for their money. It’s still not open to the public yet so we shall see.

Social media is definitely the place everyone needs to be. And it’s not just about “chatting” with people. It’s about sharing content and spreading the word.

Thank you for your comment, it’s always appreciated. I’ll be by later to check out your latest post so see you then.

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38 Thomas
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 6:28 AM

Hi Adrienne
Great picture and great video  I really make you think doesn’t it…! I am pretty amazed how fast people comment on your blog posts. This post was released yesterday and you already have more than 30 comments (including your answers but still). You must be doing something right when it comes to Social Media and promoting yourself. Have a nice day Adrienne.

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39 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Hey Thomas,

Thank you, I appreciate that. I thought this video really said it all so thanks to Ilka for sharing it on her site. Really made me stand up and take notice.

When I use to publish a post it would take a day or two until I started receiving comments but I’m even surprised now that I started receiving them before I’m even online for the day. I love that… And it does have to do with social media and building relationships with others. That’s what it’s all about. Getting to know others, sharing and spreading their content, helping them out when they need it, that’s what it’s all about.

Thanks for stopping by today Thomas, it’s always a pleasure to see you. Have a fabulous weekend my friend. See you soon.

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40 Riley Harrison July 22, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m a big fan of the internet and blogging, but I think that there is the risk of over involvement with social media. I’ve put myself on a diet as to the amount of time spent online and engage only where it’s productive and fun. I enjoy all aspects of blogging. Facebook and twitter just aren’t my cup of tea and will always lose out to a good book.
Riley

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41 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Hey Riley,

I can see where it’s not for everyone but if you are online building a business it’s the best way to spread the word about your brand. I also have to limit my time I spend on the social media sites because like most people, I have a business to run and I have things I need to accomplish throughout my day. But, I do locate the people I end up working with on Facebook so it’s a fun way to build your business. For me at least.

Thanks for your input Riley, it’s always appreciated.

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42 Steve July 22, 2011 at 7:55 AM

I do love social media. Like so many others, I spend too much time on it sometimes.

I have the book socialnomics. It’s almost scary. It is scary the amount of businesses and people who think it won’t last. They won’t last is the truth.

I do wonder sometimes if people will lose the ability to interact face to face at some point.

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43 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I love social media too Steve, it’s where I’ve been able to connect with so many wonderful people. Oh, and get the word out about what I share as well.

The age of technology is here to stay and will only continue to improve. As long as we have the internet, people will be online. What better way to get them all to be able to socialize then through social media sites. To think they won’t last is like saying telephones will be a thing of the past soon. They may continue to improve over time but that technology will never disappear. Social media is definitely here to stay.

I still enjoy interacting face to face but social media gives you the opportunity to meet people clear around the other side of the world that you wold have never had the opportunity to meet. That’s the benefit but I still enjoy face to face the most.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this topic. Thank you for stopping by today. Always a pleasure.

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44 Marcus Baker
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Let’s face it all business is about networking. My father insisted teaching me how to play golf when I was young as he said more deals were cut on the golf course than in board rooms. Sadly golf never grabbed me but then it’s just a networking vehicle. If one vehicle doesn’t fit, find another.

For me social media is the online equivalent of playing golf. You don’t have to be on all platforms. Choose those you like and network. It’s not the platform that matters but how you use it.

Great advice Adrienne!

~Marcus

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45 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Hey Marcus,

My Dad tried to teach me to play golf too but not for those reasons. I was just horrible at it. But he was a salesman and he also did a lot of business on the golf course.

You are so right in comparing the two. It’s just a vehicle to building relationships. When you find things you have in common, the conversations begin. Chose your platform and have fun, that’s what I say.

Thanks Marcus, appreciate your input on this one. As always, enjoy your weekend my friend.

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46 Flo July 23, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Social media rules the online world as evident in the great video you shared. Anybody who thinks that time spent on social media networks is wasted is still living in the 90s.

For my food recipes website, Facebook beats the other social media hands down. That’s were you find normal people who like to cook a nice meal they’ll enjoy with their family, isn’t it? The fans are so ready to play that I spend a lot of time trying to come up with more ideas to engage them.

For my recently launched website (the one I’m linking to), I am planning to go the Twitter and Google+ route because I guess that’s where the techies are. I am a recently hatched Twitter “egg” so I will follow you as soon as I finish typing this comment :) And for Google+, I don’t even have an invite, so if you can, send an invite to a sister with this email so we can connect there as well.

Let the sharing begin!

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Hey Flo,

Thank you for sharing this with us. I’m thrilled to hear how you are connecting with people on Facebook. You are so right, that’s where the normal people are and who want what you have to offer. Not everyone, but you’ll find them if you spend enough time interacting with people. I love that.

Thanks for following me on Twitter and I’ll be sure to reciprocate. Looking forward to connecting with you. I’ll check to see if the invitations are open again because they were closed for a bit. I’ll check and if they are, I’ll be sure to send you an invitation. Thanks for letting me know.

As you so nicely put it, let the sharing begin. :-)

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48 Flo July 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Thanks Adrienne, I got the invitation and I’m in! Meet you over there!

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49 Adrienne Smith
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July 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM

That’s awesome, see you on the inside. :-)

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50 Argie Monroy July 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM

FACEBOOK ! :) It’s my favorite social media. I bet a lot of us do. It’s because it drives massive traffic to your site or blog, it helps you with branding, it enables you to meet new friends and keep in touch with your present friends, and you can find lots of entertainment as well. Although what I dont like about social media is that a major part of your private life would be exposed as well.

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51 Adrienne Smith
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July 24, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Me too, what can I say! So far it’s my favorite only because it’s a great way to really get to know people. The thing about the privacy is it’s up to you what kind of information you intend to share on there. I never put my address and I created a separate phone number for people to get in touch with me. So I think people just need to be smart about what type of information they should share on any type of site really. But you are right, it’s a great place for everything you mentioned and some. Not, let’s see how Google+ holds up to them.

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52 Argie Monroy July 24, 2011 at 4:59 AM

I’ve got me a Google plus. Although I am still confused with the navigation. I bet most people do :D

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53 Adrienne Smith
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July 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I think it’s going to play a very important part down the road Argie. What are you confused about?

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54 franz July 24, 2011 at 3:48 AM

i currently have facebook and i must say that being in this social media is a lot of fun because i get to keep in touch with my friends and family.. faceboook has actually been my way of releasing stress

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55 Adrienne Smith
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July 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Are you using it just to stay in touch with family and friends or are you connecting with others and building relationships? That’s the best way to get people interested in you and what you have to offer. Would love to hear more.

Thanks for your comment and it’s always appreciated.

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56 Kenny July 24, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Great i am a big fan internet marketing I know that social media sites can be overwhelming and you can end up spending a lot of your time there if you aren’t careful.And Flo i would love to have food recipe at least i can have learn something new in cooking.thanks for sharing this with us.

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57 Adrienne Smith
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July 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hey Kenny,

Welcome to my blog and I appreciate your comment. Do you use social media much? You didn’t say. You are right though you can get stuck on them if you aren’t careful, they are a lot of fun when connecting with others.

Look Flo, you’ve got an interested in your recipes. Good for you girl.. :-)

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58 John July 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Hi Adrienne, I found your blog through Barry Wells and I’m glad I did. Yes I agree what you are saying about social media, businesses need to be using it.

However I also think it is important to not forget about other media platforms. Usually when a new media is released it complements the existing medias. For example when Television was invented, it didn’t replace the radio.

All media platforms have a place if it suits your business and I believe Facebook etc will complement blogs, email and other marketing media.

Oh, I forgot to mention I did just ad the +1 button to my blog and I posted about it. This was before I read your post quote ” Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post on how cool Google+ is.” and in my defence, I hadnt read any other posts about it eiether – I was probably too busy minding my own business. Maybe I should read more blogs instead ;o).

Thanks for the interesting read Adrienne.

John

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59 Adrienne Smith
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July 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Hi John,

Well thanks for stopping by and taking a look around. Barry is an awesome guy so glad you found me through him.

You are right, there are so many different social media platforms to consider. Such as YouTube if you really are into creating videos and then there is LinkedIn and that’s mainly for contacting people through businesses. There are so many different ones out there but you have to decide which ones suit you best and don’t try to get on all of them. I guess if you are that talented and can do what’s necessary and move on to the next then you are a much more organized person than me.

The Google Plus+ is the button on your site and the Google+ is their new social media platform. Everywhere I turn I’m reading about their new social media platform and how it’s trying to compete with Facebook. I haven’t spent enough time on the site to blog about it but I think everyone else has done that job for me. So are you saying you don’t visit a lot of blogs? Are you not building relationships with others through a blogging community? Just curious.

Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you’ll be back soon.

Adrienne

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60 John July 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

“So are you saying you don’t visit a lot of blogs? Are you not building relationships with others through a blogging community? Just curious.”

Hi Adrienne,

I’ve been working online since 2004 and building businesses. I have many blogs and I have learned to ‘mind my own business’ and give attention to where it matters in my business that makes the most money!

Relationships are great – if you are actively promoting either a business or yourself.

I love building relationships whether it’s blogging or otherwise, however my main business needs my attention most of the time – they are what really make me money, but thats just how my business works. I know a few people who have made a good business from only blogging.

I must admit, I do enjoy blogging to record my own thoughts in a ‘place’ where I can look back on them. However most of the top level marketers who make a ton of money, have built other businesses then use blogs and other media to teach others their methods – and profit from it!

So I tend to have limited time to read blogs, unless the information shared is particularity useful to my current business needs – then I implement it.

Thanks for the reply Adrienne,

John

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61 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Ah thanks John for answering that question for me. I’m happy to hear that your businesses are running smoothly and obviously making you nice income.

Blogs are a marketing tool to help you in your business. It just sounds like you aren’t using them for that and if that works well for you then I say that’s wonderful. Most use theirs for building relationships and yes, you do that through sharing information that others will find beneficial. But through those relationships you can locate people to do business with or perhaps they may have what you are offering. You just never know but I do love the blogging community, that’s for sure. I’ve learned a lot and met some really wonderful people along the way.

I appreciate you clarifying that for me John. I applaud you that you have your head in your business and you do what’s needed and don’t mess around. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by mine, I feel somewhat honored now. Thank you for that.

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62 Sheila Atwood July 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Adrienne,

There is no doubt that Social Media works. For me it has been getting down a system that works for me and finding the tools that make it easy. It can be time consuming and take away from production if I let it.

Lewis Howes has great video on learning Linkedin. I think you have to optin…but it is worth it. He dishes out some pretty good stuff.

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63 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hi Sheila,

Great to see you again.

You are right, social media definitely works and you have to kind of get a rhythm going with it. Once you get that into place it can be a very beautiful thing. Time consuming if you let it get away from you.

I’ve got a program right now that is showing me how to use LinkedIn the way you are suppose to but thanks for that information. That’s one platform I have yet to use to my advantage. But I’m going to learn, that’s for sure. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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64 Ashvini
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July 25, 2011 at 4:34 AM

Hi Adrienne,

A great post and excellent suggestions.
It is impossible to ignore social media today. There is so much chatter happening all around that it would be just bad to let it all slip out of our hand. I do not think that it is hype at all. Infact with proper and sustained use of social media a company could win trust like never before. Alas they don’t get that being on social media means being open and having a discussion than just pushing their agenda.

I get a lot of hits on my blog from social media and yes it works for me :)
Thanks for sharing and have a great day :)

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65 karan July 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Great article. Am falling in love with your blog:D Social networking is something i totally lack behind right now. I would pay more attention to such sites when i get some time. thanks

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66 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Hi Karan,

Wow, thank you for that. So glad to hear that you are loving my blog. Music to my ears…

Remember, don’t put off what you can do today. Everyone will never have enough time to get started so even if you have to sign up with some accounts later in the evening, just do it. Trust me, you will not regret it. Oh, and friend me up when you get there too.

Thanks for your input, appreciate it!

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67 karan July 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM

ya i guess you are right. I joined twitter some days ago although am not used to it right now. And now i think i should create a linkedin account and a facebook fan page too. Thanks for yours heads up. And i will surely add you. Following you in twitter already:D

And btw can you suggest me if it is better to create a new account specially for my blog on popular social networking sites or it would be better to use my personal account for that..

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68 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I wrote a post on what’s the best way to use Twitter. Head over to my Archives page and you’ll find it I believe in February’s posts, “My Twitter Revelation”. I believe you’ll find it helpful. If not, send me an email and I’ll help you out.

As far as Facebook goes, if you are mostly just interested in sharing your business then just create a Fan Page. If you create a personal account you are not suppose to promote your business there. LinkedIn is definitely for business but I suggest you sign up under your name. When it calls for what you do, just put the information for your business. That way people who know you can connect with you and also see what you are up to. What that information helpful?

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69 karan July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

thanks. I will surely check out your other posts. Tc..

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70 Samantha July 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Social media really play a very important role in doing business online. No one could argue with that and if there’s any, he is the one making no sense at all. I mean, where else could you look for millions of audience?

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71 Sophia July 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I was astonish about all the information that are crammed to that video ( is that all true). This really provide you an insight that the next revolution will definitely be making its first wave in the internet.

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72 Adrienne Smith
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July 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Hi Sophia,

I was rather surprised as well but I’m sure you are probably aware how technology is overtaking pretty much everything. I mean when I was a kid, we didn’t have any of this but now you can access practically anything you want from your cell phone. So people are online ALL the time. Mostly chatting with their friends and social media is where you’ll find them all. Heck Facebook alone has 750 million users. You saw the video, that would be it’s own country. Welcome to 2011 and like you stated, the next revolution! :-)

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73 Janet
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July 31, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Adrienne, aloha. So love that Socialnomics video. Have you read the book?

Are you using social media to meet people and to build relationships outside your blog?
Absolutely. Love connecting with people on other blogs as well as a few of the social media platforms.

Are you getting to know new people and what their interests are, their likes and dislikes?
Yes. Because if you read their blogs or pay attention to what they are tweeting, posting, you can learn quite a bit about them. And, of course, as you build the relationship, ask questions and listen to the answer, you learn even more.

Which social media site is your favorite and which one brings you the most traffic?
Twitter for both. Interestingly enough, I resisted Twitter for a long time because I just didn’t “get it.” Now, I prefer Twitter to Facebook though I still use it. As I am just venturing forth on Google+, i’ts way too early for me to say what I think. However, people I respect are certainly giving it glowing reviews.

Adrienne, while we know that a large percentage of us are on social media to network and find business partners/customers/clients, I also believe it is a friend finder. Meeting you, Adrienne, has enriched my life. Whether or not we ever do any business together, I am glad we met. Without social media, it is highly unlikely that we ever would have; thank heavens we did.

Best wishes, my special friend, for a magnificent week. Much love and aloha. Janet

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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 31, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Hi Janet,

No, I’ve not read the book. The video was definitely an eye opener for me. By that I mean how much people are actually interacting on social media site although I figured the numbers were pretty high.

I’m definitely building a LOT of relationships other places than just my blog. I am still getting more traffic from Facebook but Twitter is right behind it. I tend to be able to connect more with people on Facebook than Twitter and like you, I haven’t had the time to learn about Google+ to even spend much time there. I do enjoy getting to know people period so if they want to do business with me than in my eyes that’s an added bonus. If not, I’m finding friendships that are growing and I hope will last a very long time.

You are definitely right too, I’m so very glad we met. My goal wasn’t to get you to work with me but just to learn from you and get to know you. You’ve become a person I admire and learn from. I love visiting your place as well, you are so insightful.

Thank you Janet, you always say the nicest things. But then again, that’s just who you are. I appreciate you young lady and hope you also have a magnificent week as well.

Adrienne

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75 Jayne Kopp
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August 1, 2011 at 12:22 AM

HI Adrienne, I have watched a video very similar to that before. It may have had last years stats on it!! ha ha, which are now outdated I am quite sure!

Its a little overwhelming isn’t it, but to be honest, we have to be involved.

I could do a much better job at using this huge audience. It’s just that little thing called ‘time’ Adrienne…. I wish I had more of it.

I think the only way to really get out there and mingle and share more is to get up even earlier and spend a couple of hours per day on Social Media.

I recently bought a new camera as my old one went on the fritz, and I need to get out there more and upload some updated YouTube Video’s etc.

There is so much to keep our fingers on top of, but even a little teeny piece of the pie is ample for anyone to make an incredible living.

Wonderfully presented post.

Jayne

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76 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hi Jayne,

I guess when I sit over here at my desk I don’t really think about all the millions of people out there and how they access the internet. I know I’m quite behind the times with a lot of stuff but knowing how much time people spend online and especially social media sites it astonishing. This is definitely the place we all need to be but blogging is also one of those ways to connect with others so don’t worry. You’re doing the right thing.

See, you have the family at home so you can’t just work at this all day long. You have responsibilities too so fitting that all into your schedule I’m sure can be very challenging. We all just do the best we can.

Thanks Jayne, I appreciate your comment and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

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77 Nicholas Scott August 1, 2011 at 4:06 AM

I am that person, who ignores social media, but just a tad. I do believe it is time consuming. That’s the culprit I think. But that is not an excuse . I do love meeting new people and building relationships. I meet most of the people .I love to get online on my space.

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78 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hey Nicholas,

Things can be time consuming but you can also limit the time you spend on these sites. For instance, just set aside 30 minutes a day and if you have to, set a timer. Ask people to be friends, get to know them a little more and then times up. You don’t have to stay on there all day long in order to meet people and start building relationships. In the end, the small amount of time you put aside will be worth it.

Thanks for your input, as always, it’s very much appreciated.

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79 Natasha August 4, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Social media is definitely an important part of internet marketing that should NOT be overlooked, especially with all of the new outlets that are emerging lately! Have you tried Google+ yet??

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80 Adrienne Smith
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August 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM

You are so right Natasha, I definitely agree with you totally about that. I am on Google+ but haven’t had a whole lot of time to play around in there. I know a lot of people who really like it though!

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81 Laurie August 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I do try and get to know new people with social media… I think Facebook is my favorite social networking site, just because I’ve had the most experience and the most time with it, but maybe that will change with the advent of Google+… Haven’t really gotten into it much yet, but I never thought I’d love Facebook so much more than Myspace so you never know what the future holds! :)

Laurie

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82 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
August 15, 2011 at 5:16 PM

That’s wonderful to hear Laurie, glad you are really enjoying Facebook. I know what you mean.. MySpace is trailing way behind Facebook now and Google + hope to have Facebook trailing behind them soon. You just never know what the future holds and I’m sure there will be tons more trying to sneak it and grab all the attention too. Just as long as you are building relationships and not spamming everyone, everything’s good! :-)

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83 Carla September 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Social media is a great opportunity for your business to grow, to be known. But you must follow some rules to use it properly.

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84 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

You are right about that Carla. Social media is for building relationships and connecting with others. If you do it improperly, it can really hurt you in the long run.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

It’s called managing your time. Some people can get lost in the social media world and just hang around all day and just chat and play. They need to manage their time better and only allot so much for social media but get back to what’s the most important and the money makers in your business.

Thanks Antonio, I appreciate your comment.

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