By Dan Iampieri
Hi, I’m Dan Iampieri! I love real estate, movies, and tennis. I would love to be your friend on social media websites like Facebook. However, don’t be my friend on Facebook if…
1.) … All you do is play Farmville, or any of the other silly games on Facebook. Seriously, I think I could live without a steady news feed of who fertilized whose crops. I know I can hide you from the news feed, but when I look at your profile and all I see is Mafia Wars being played all day long I get a little worried! Maybe you should consider getting a Nintendo Wii!
2.) You are a fellow REALTOR® and all you are going to do is post information about your listings. Thanks, but no thanks. By the way, this is not interesting to consumers, either — and they may have already hidden you from their news feed. I’ve yet to run into a consumer who has indicated that they would prefer to find listings on Facebook instead of Realtor.com. So, let’s keep the real estate stuff on the real estate sites and the social media stuff on the social media sites. It’s called social media, not real estate media. I certainly hope you don’t go to cocktails parties and talk about your listings the whole time to people you barely know? Of course you don’t, so, if you don’t do it there, don’t do it on Facebook either.
3.) You are too revealing or use profanity. Some things I don’t want to know, or need to know, and I would prefer not to know them. So, don’t feel like you have to tell everyone that you are going to the bathroom, taking a shower, or flossing your teeth. Remember, Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” not, “What are you doing?”. And most of us know that profanity is just rude, in poor taste and unnecessary. Here’s a good rule of thumb — don’t post anything you wouldn’t let your mother read.
4.) You don’t know me! This one is pretty self-explanatory, I think. However, if you feel we have a professional connection to make, great, send me a friend request, but please fill out the little box that says “Add a personal message” and tell me how you know me, or why we should be friends, or what the connection is. Nothing is more frustrating than friend requests from faces I don’t know. I have personal information and pictures on my profile and I only want to share that information with my real friends, not strangers. So, don’t be surprised if I ask you how we know each other when you send me a friend request!
Well, friends, I look forward to hopefully becoming your friend on Facebook, finding out “What’s on your mind,” and engaging in some meaningful conversations!
Dan Iampieri is a REALTOR® with WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Caton Properties in Ellicott City, Md. Social network with Dan at www.TheHouseMan.tv.