I am more active on Facebook than I have ever been. I thought that I would give it another chance. I have been active on Twitter for a while, but I have been questioning if I should be using Facebook at all, and how I should be using it. You can read the post called, Facebook – the part where I continue to struggle, if you’re interested in my dilemma.
At the moment, I’m more or less using only Norwegian to communicate with my Norwegian friends on Facebook. I am not sure if I’ll be creating two Facebook accounts, one for English friends, and one for Norwegian friends, or if I’ll just continue to mix everything. But, when I started to have a conversation with my friends, instead of thinking about business, or thinking about connecting with the right people, or even thinking about providing that much value – things started to get more interesting.
I am having daily conversations with many of my friends, and the topics vary. And, I believe that this is part of Facebook Edgerank, because what I am seeing is that the more conversations I am having, the more visible my messages are becoming.
I am not thinking about business, and I am not thinking about selling anything. But, once in a while, I’m pitching something to make my friends a bit more interested in what I’m doing. For instance, in a few days, I’ll be adding a short note about Fuzzy – the book I wrote in English. I don’t have long term plan about what I’m doing, I just keep having normal conversations, and I keep publishing personal things about myself and what I want to share with my friends.
Engage with questions
The one thing that engages people more than anything, is when I ask a question. I usually ask short, straight to the point, questions. For instance, a few weeks ago, I asked the question; True Blood or Breaking Bad? I received a lot of feedback, a lot more than I expected. The reason I asked the question, was that I had decided to start watching one of the TV shows, and I had heard a lot of good things about both. I had a hard time deciding.
I am now using Facebook as a way to start a conversation, and a way to get feedback on questions. Like I said, I don’t use my personal profile for business. I have my Facebook page for business. I try to use Facebook like I want my friends to use it. I want to keep in touch with them, and I want to be able to see what’s going on in their lives. I want to get to know them a little better, and if they have a question about something, I’d like to help out.
I get inspired by reading great quotes. And, I believe my friends get inspired by quotes as well. I have started to publish quotes, sometimes I publish just the quote, sometimes I publish it inside a related image. Quotes are engaging, and it will make your friends go “Me, too!”
That’s it. It’s not complicated at all. I engage my friends, mostly by being myself, asking questions and sharing quotes.
I never publish anything that I don’t believe in, and I don’t publish anything that’s not related to who I am or what I am doing. I don’t try to engage people, just in order to become more visible. I engage, because I really like to connect with people.
How do you engage your friends on Facebook?