Can you be alienating yourself because of Facebook?

People love to rant, rave and vent on Facebook. They figure it’s the best place to have a “convo” with like minded people. But what if your political, religious and overall dreariness is just bumming people out? Have you ever considered that that your multiple posts about how broke you are or how much you disagree with politicians or your posts about insignificant things that people may not really care, could alienate you from your actual friends. Well if you’re guilty of any of those things, chances are people are not following you or simply deleted you from their feed.

There are many people who enjoy the occasional banter back and forth with friends online about topics. The problem with this is when you’re doing this all day long, everyday of the week, it can get overwhelming to your followers/friends. So you need to find a balance on how you “vent” about topics. Perhaps getting a Twitter account and posting your thoughts there. It’s a bit more anonymous than Facebook, plus you get to let it all out as long as its under their word count restrictions.

Another idea is to just say things out loud before you go on Facebook. Give it a try, here let me give you an example, “I really don’t like Democrats/Republicans!” See, it’s that simple. You get it off your chest and you aren’t finding yourself in a middle of an online fight with a person you are going to see at Church on Sunday.

One thing you may not have thought about, the things you post on Facebook can be seen by people. I know you’re thinking, “but I set my profile to private!” Eh…you might be surprised that you’re not as private as you think. All someone has to do to see some of your status updates and photos is Friend a Friend. Make sense? Your privacy settings is limited because you’re allowing only your “friends” to see it, right? But if your friend likes or comments on your status/photo, then their friends will see that they’ve done so. Which opens up your “private” status updates/photos.

In conclusion, just be careful of what you post on Facebook. It may not occur to you that people don’t like you anymore because of what you’re doing on Facebook. One day you’ll find out that you’re trying to tag a friend in a post/photo, but you can’t because they’ve already deleted you from their friends list.
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How Contests Help your Brand

Over at BikeCommuters.com and MtnBikeRiders.com we’ve held a number of online contests over the years. What this does is help build a new fan base for the sites and for the sponsor who is donating your prize packages. We’ve often worked with Planet Bike in which they’ve donated thousands of dollars worth of goods over the years for our prize packages.

What do I mean by “new” fan base? Well the best way to do that is through Facebook. Just recently we had a content for our “4000 Likes” give away. Basically Planet Bike donated a bunch of goods to the winner of the contest. The premise is we gave our fans a few weeks to hit Like and Share the post. We even published it on the main site, BikeCommuters.com.
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Over the weeks we saw a spike of new likes in our fanpage. Now these are people who probably would have never hit LIKE on the fanpage before. But because we used a contest, their friends shared the info, so the friends on their feed saw it, then hit like themselves. Free advertising, it’s sorta like Word by Mouth. But this time it’s word by LIKE.

Contests don’t have to be extravagant, sometimes it’s a matter of giving away stickers or even a small item like a t-shirt can spark some new fans for your brand.

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