Do you want more Facebook Friends?
Published on 8/19/2014
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Do you want more Facebook Friends?
Note: This is the 25th in the “GetStarted” Sequence.
Do you really want more Facebook Friends? There is a drive going on now that is really gaining speed. People are working to build their Friends list all the way to the Maximum Allowed at 5000. It all sounds good on paper but there can be some drawbacks.
Some of your new “Friends” may be after other goals. I am assuming that your goals have to do with building your business and making it more successful. In recent weeks I have gained Friends that; only want me for my bod (laugh if you want but it’s true.), people that are only interested if they can Sell to me, and people with no language in common.
On the other hand, I have met Many fascinating new people from many businesses who understand the value of Relationship Marketing and are quite willing to Network with anyone going the same direction.
Facebook will toss you into their Facebook Jail for any number of Infractions of their Unwritten Rules. (At Least I haven’t found the Link yet.) Basically, they want your Friends to be “Real” and your activity to be “Social”. If you follow the patterns of Relationship Marketing, these will be minimal problems.
For details on this, see: What You Don’t Know About Facebook…
I have followed a few basic rules to keep myself out of trouble:
(So Far. Knock on wood.)
1) Do not have more than 15 to 20 outgoing Friend Requests at a time. If they get too old, simply terminate the request.
2) Be sure that those you are Requesting are willing to accept your Request. The corollary to this is that you should Accept all Requests you Receive, even if you decide to immediately UnFriend them. (Clicking [Not Now] opens a can of worms that might get the nicest people tossed into the Facebook Jail.)
3) Don’t send too many Messages to prospective or new Friends. Etiquette is the same as IBO Toolbox. No matter what the others do, you should not Hammer your new Friends with huge come-ons and Links. I either wait to be asked or ask if they would like me to send a link.
Finding New Friends:
Fortunately there is an easy way to find new Friends. When you find the Individual posts for the Drive to 5000 on the Pages of your Friends, you should sign up. I believe there may be more benefit to these outlier lists than the central ones in terms of the quality of Friends and suitability as candidates for your opportunity.
There are many posts floating around. No matter what others have posted for their comments, you should read the post and try to follow the intent. This is an “I Will” post as opposed to the more usual “Add Me” post. After you have commented, you should like all of the comments preceding yours. Part of why this works is “Juicing up” posts by liking all the comments on it. You are welcome to send me a Friend Request. I will be Happy to Accept.
To try to stay safe, I only send Friend Requests to those who have actually taken the time to Like my comment, preferably in more than one post. Likewise, this is a good signal to future Friends that you would be willing to accept their Request.
You can join one or more of the Groups pursuing the Drive to 5000. Read the instructions for each group before you join. Rather than commenting on the first post you see, look for some with more comments. After you have added your Comment, Like the other Comments to Juice up the Post and signal your willingness to be Friends. As you are notified by FB of other Comments, you can Like all the new Comments at the same time.
*Caution: Facebook is reported to have put people in their jail for “Liking” too much. I have Liked as many as two or three hundred on a single post without any apparent problem. I did trigger a warning when I tried to follow up on too many of the Shared Copies of one post. But I might have been using the same comments over and over. Pace yourself.*
5k Friends in 30 Days – Tyson Curtis Group 5124 members
5k friends in 30 dayss – Billy Bigelow Group 7706 members
Go Viral 4 ur 5000 Entrepreneurs fb friends – 437 Members
5K worldwide friends in 30 days by Mila Z – 3281 Members
These are Four of the strongest. The small one is just getting up to speed. Mila Z is a member of IBO Toolbox so we should definitely show our support. Ask me in your comments or in a message and I will be happy to add you to the Groups.
*Note: It has become a point of Etiquette. I no longer add people to Groups unless they ask me to. Someone added me to some “Foreign Girls want American Guys” groups and it has caused a few headaches. *
There are also several Fan Pages doing much the same thing for various or all of the networks. Here is one to get you started.
Fast 5000 Viral FB Friends
What to do Now:
As I accept new Friends, I review their timeline. If they are responding well to the “thanks for the Friendship” posts, I will consider adding mine. I have created a small Picture to go with my post. Mostly, I am looking for posts where I can leave a relevant comment. When we invite new Friends into our home, we would appreciate it if they would show some courtesy. Likewise, we should show courtesy in theirs.
When you check Facebook from the Header bar for the Friend Requests, the most recent is at the top. I always go to the bottom of the List to keep it turning over properly. Be careful of the Friend Suggestions. I like to help as much as the next person but I like to know if someone is suggesting me as a Friend and that the person will accept my Request.
Have A Plan:
I decided early that I wasn’t in a hurry to reach 5000 Friends. I want to take the time to get to know them. After I reached my Target Point of 2500 Friends, I quit following up on the main posts and only add my name to the outliers. I don’t need the same 5000 as anyone else.
I do make it a point to Like the Comments of those who are Liking mine. If they are willing to take the time, they may be just the Friends we are looking for. At this point in time, I am no longer sending out Friend Request except for the occasional Friend Suggestion and frankly, that is usually by accident. I am still getting 40 to 50 new Friends every day.
Warning about the “Video of You”:
Recently there has been another rash of hacker behavior at Facebook. This is nothing new and will probably never go away. In the current version, you receive a message on Messenger purporting to be a “Video of You”. DON’T Click that Link. I don’t care who you think might have gotten ahold of your videos. This is most likely a virus. I usually go to the “Sender’s” Page and leave a message about the problem. It is not their fault.
No Creepy Behavior:
Put your Add Me comments in the appropriate places, on the Add Me Posts. Putting them in other places is Rude and may come across as Creepy. (I know because my Sister told me so.) Courtesy and kindness are never out of place. Remember the basic rules. Don’t post your Op on the Posts of others. Do unto others as you would have them do to you. And Never Tag anyone into a Post without permission.
If you really do want more Facebook Friends, now is probably the best time to start. You never know when Facebook is going to change the rules to ban a specific behavior. It’s their bat and ball so we have to play by their rules. It is up to us to use their bat and ball as responsibly as we can. We should offer value to every relationship and do our best act in a courteous and responsible manner as befits the business persons we are. Nove-Noga!