Is it me or is this social networking thing catching on?

Did you know:

  • 5 BILLION minutes are spent (or wasted) on Facebook EVERY DAY.
  • If Facebook were a country it would be the 8th largest in the world.
  • 5 percent of Twitter users account for 75 percent of all Twitter activity.
  • More than half of Twitter users use something other than Twitter.com to tweet, monitor and manage their tweeting (#1 Tool: TweetDeck)

These stats are according to the Official Facebook Press Room, the Unofficial Facebook Privacy Group as well as the Sysomos Resource Blog

As a Geek I sometimes feel that this social networking thing has been overdone, however I’m surprised to find that MANY people are still on the sidelines! My wife being one of them! I tell her that she’s going to ruin my reputation but she’s not hearing it! My Mom however has taken to Facebook like a fish in water. Well she tries her best anyway, I have to give her credit!

The point is social media attracts and detracts all types of people, AND THAT’S OK! My philosophy is that if you’re going to use it, use it with all your might! If you’re not going to use it, don’t hijack your husband’s Facebook profile to talk to your friends.

So is this social networking thing catching on? It’s here to stay, my friends! People crave interaction! We go crazy without it! If I didn’t have “face-to-face” friends or “e-friends” I would probably talk to a red-faced volleyball named Wilson!

Businesses and associations have found creative uses for social networking!

A recent promotion from Papa John’s Facebook page wielded massive pizza giveaways! “Bring your Camaro to a Papa John’s and get a free pizza!” Their Facebook page featured picture after picture of people in front of  “very sweet” cars holding a free pizza! How great is that?!

IAR’s Use of the Social Tools Has Been a Success so Far!

  • We’ve had a Facebook page for over a year now and great conversations are taking place there!
  • Our Twitter account, ILREALTOR is sharing useful information on a daily basis!
  • Our Members have connected with us on LinkedIn
  • Our most recent addition to the IAR social family is this blog!

Whether you’re just starting out or have been surfing the social waves for a while, you’re in good company! Just don’t confine yourself, don’t be afraid to try new social sites, there are hundreds out there and any one of them could take center stage!

Oh yeah, look me up on Facebook and Twitter!

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About Matthew Brewer

Matt Brewer is Director of Information Technology for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He oversees network/system infrastructure and implements and maintains system hardware and software for the Association. He oversees technical training for the IAR staff and recommends and coordinates different technology uses for IAR departments.

3 thoughts on “Is it me or is this social networking thing catching on?

  1. I think those are the elements you need. A facebook page, a linkedin account and a blog are the three elements to make an agent successful with social media. The Social Media trinity if you will. For those looking to go above and beyond they can add twitter to their social media arsenal.

  2. As for me, I can’t leave without my facebook and twitter account. I’m using it for social interaction as well as for my business. This is the easiest way to meet new friends and new customers. There are social networking sites now like Zipitin, an Illinois Social Site that has many features. You can write a blog, play games, listen to music, chat, forum, and even make polls. For me, we can’t really avoid to be hooked by this social sites.

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