I've been using the social networks and Facebook to build my MLM business for many years now and people are always coming up with fantastic ways to help us save and leverage our time online with the use of automatic software.
Several years ago when Myspace was huge, there was and still is a lot of software for automating much of the friend adding, message sending, broadcasting tasks which saved huge amounts of time. Yes... I used it also I was able to create multiple accounts and really make the most of my time on the site...
Fast forward a few years and the Internet is much more social and interactive. We need to interact with people on a personal level, get to know someone, and find out their wants, likes, desires and fears. This is critical for success in the industry.
It takes time to build up relationships one by one and people are always looking to speed up the process. Because of this, and I see this especially on Facebook... most people try to make masses of friends but NEVER really get to know any of them very well. It's a shame because there are SO many FANTASTIC people out there, just waiting for your connection.
At the start of this year I was looking around online, doing some research as I was creating a system for my MLM business. My system was going to be on the social networks as that's where I've been able to build the most relationships, and sponsor most people into my business, therefore my system was going to be EXACTLY the same methods as I'd used to connect with a lot of people.
As I began my research, someone sent me a message on Facebook that made me stop in my tracks. It was actually VERY similar to the email's I sent out to my prospects.
- Making friends with someone
- Being thankful and sending them a personal message
- Using some persuasive techniques (reciprocation and commitment and consistency)
- Sending out a curiosity email
- Inviting someone to view a presentation
This approach which I call the Curiosity Approach works VERY well and here was someone else using a similar approach with me on Facebook.
One thing I did notice was that she didn't use my firstname in the message... where as 99% of real people will ALWAYS use the persons first name on Facebook
So, I followed along and replied to the email acting like I was interested.
I waited for several day's, and still there was NO reply... how weird I thought... so I dug a little deeper.
Eventually after searching online for a few day's, I came across what I believe to be the answer.
She was using an automatic Facebook friend adding tool by Lively Browser which automates the friending process and sends out automatic messages to new friends.
Now, I believe that automatic software which saves and leverages you time is great! BUT... I personally don't think it should be used to build up relationships with people and especially on Facebook.
If you don't know already... Facebook is incredibly STRICT and if they get one sniff that you're using automated friend adding software, they'll shut your account down in an instant.
I've seen it happen to a LOT of people and they usually don't give a warning or a reason.
Now don't get me wrong, I love to save time, but I also VALUE my Facebook account much more than this. I've spent years building up some great relationships with people and my profile has hundreds of photo's, video's, notes and comments that I really wouldn't want to lose.
Sometimes I think that some people who spam me on Facebook are also using automated software tools!
So, what are your thoughts on this?
- Do you agree with people using automated friend adding software?
- Do you know anyone who's had their Facebook account closed?
- Do you think we try to automate too many things sometimes and lose the personal touch on Facebook.
I'd love for you to get involved in this conversation so we can interact. I've personally got a very success blog and I've got a lot of people who comment, which helps me get to know them better.
Head on over to the forum topic I just created Should you automate on Facebook?
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About the Author
Gavin Mountford is the author of www.NetworkingSuperstar.com which shows Network Marketers how to use the POWER of Facebook and the Social Networks to build relationships, generate leads, become Superstars on Facebook, brand themselves and grow their MLM business in a simple way.