By Rachel Haviland
Social Media is more than just making friends and adding followers. Accumulating friends just for the sake of numbers is like working the room at a networking group simply to collect business cards but not actually talking to anyone or getting to know them.
So in the last blog post we talked about making a good impression when you are meeting people online or introducing yourself with the goal of developing an online relationship. Now you know how to make friends on Facebook and reach out to new connections but do you make one of the most common mistakes that networkers make online?
So many people send me a friend request and I never hear from them again. No message, no wall post, no interaction. Nothing!
Why did they even ask me to be friends in the first place?
Herein lies the next lesson that will put you leaps and bounds ahead of the crowd. When someone has accepted you as a friend or you have accepted someone else’s request, take some time to interact and actually get to know them a little better.
How can I get to know people on Facebook?
Here are the best tools to connect with people:
1. Facebook chat – if you see that your new friend is online, start a chat and find out how they are and what they do
2. Private message – send them a message to say hi and introduce yourself
(Not a sales pitch!!!!! Seriously).
3. Post a welcome message on their wall (or even a welcome video if you are more advanced).
4. Newsfeed – watch their status updates and comment, interact or “Like” their updates as appropriate.
Common Questions: How do I send someone a private message on Facebook?
Can anyone else see it? Click on link under your friend’s photo to open a dialog box and send them a private message. No-one else can see this message except you and the person you are sending it to.
These are just some of the ways you can interact with your new friends and get to know them. This is a critical part of the relationship. With just a little effort, you can help them to remember you. Otherwise you will fade into the background along with 100’s of other Facebook friends and that would just be a waste of your time and effort.
How else do you interact with new friends on Facebook? Post your tips below. Let’s learn from each other!