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Facebook - Page, Personal account, or both?

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Facebook - Page, Personal account, or both?

Postby lindastacy » Sat May 17, 2008 7:14 am

After months of saying "I'm going to," I finally went to take the plunge this morning, but discovered there are two ways to sign up for Facebook and wasn't sure which to sign up for. Do you recommend I create a Facebook Page or a personal account? Or both (I haven't checked the terms to see if it's permissible to do both)?
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Postby johndilbeck » Sat May 17, 2008 2:30 pm

Hi Linda,

I think you'll have more flexibility by setting up a personal account.

I have not set up a page, but I am friends with several people who went that route and I tend to interact less with them.

It's just a personal opinion based on limited experience with pages.

I don't know if you can have both.

If I were limited to just one, I'd choose the personal account.

Facebook has become one of the hubs for my social networking. The other couple of hubs are MyBlogLog.com and StumbleUpon.com.

My Facebook profile is:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502403467

I'd welcome you as a friend there when you get your account set up.

Act on your dream!

JD
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Postby MommyEnterprises » Sun May 18, 2008 10:38 am

I recently just signed up for Facebook. I think Lynn had blogged about it so I finally decided to join. That reminds me I should login and see what is going on. I found it kind of confusing though after using Myspace the last couple years. I setup just a personal profile though so far.
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Postby KansasDragon » Sun May 18, 2008 11:09 am

The explanation I recently heard was that a Facebook PAGE is more flexible for promoting. It can be used by a company, a school, a group, anything..

A Facebook Personal Account is your person to person account, that's about you and only for that purpose.

So, I'd say you probably want both. The personal acount for building relationships, and a "page" for actually being a little more promotional.

My info was from either Ryan Moran or Matthew Bredel, but I can't find the video link at the moment. If I run across it again, I'll add the link to the video.
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Postby KansasDragon » Sun May 18, 2008 1:58 pm

Here's the link to the video I was referring to: http://www.spacebankers.com/pages.html

Note: This is part of Ryan's aweber autoresponder series for promoting his SpaceBankers program. But the video discusses your FaceBook topic, and is very informative.
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Personal w/ Attraction Marketing being the focus

Postby greenstacks.com » Tue May 27, 2008 3:42 pm

The best thing with any social networking /marketing is to build a personal profile that is all based on attraction/relationship marketing.

That works wonders for me and I have built 75% of my biz that way!

Good luck!!!
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Postby Bina Omar » Wed May 28, 2008 11:41 pm

Hi Linda,

You can have create both. But you can only have ONE profile (personal
account) and as many pages as you want.

The profile (personal) is meant to be focussed around you. You use
your profile to network with others and make friends. So, it's all
about interacting with others as you.

With the page, you can use it to promote your business. You can create
a page for your business, for example, or you can create a page about
a particular subject that you are interested in or you can create a page
about you as a professional.

Here's one of my pages if you need an example,
http://www.facebook.com/pages/WebBriefcase/8742134105

And then there's also Facebook Groups :-) but we'll leave that to later.

Hope that clears things up a bit.
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Postby Kurt Henninger » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:28 am

I use a personal account, and recommend that at least to start off with.

Its better to get a personal connection and create a relationship with them to start off with.
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Postby KarenMcG » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:46 pm

Linda,

Thank you for asking this question about Facebook.

I am on Facebook and MySpace, too. I find Facebook easier to navigate (read--"understand"). When I completed my pages, I did so from a "personal" standpoint as well as with my business in mind.

I appreciate the comments from those that have responded...and now I'll go back to Facebook with a new way to work with it.

Thank you everyone.

Karen
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Postby karynsolo » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:16 pm

Like MySpace there are also graphics and layouts that can be added to personalize a facebook page. With the personal account there are much less opportunities available to personalize it if any.
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Postby Li Weng » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:45 am

I'd say go for personal.
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Postby annalaurabrown » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:09 pm

I would do both but start with personal profile first and get going with it and get a lot of friends first.
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Postby lisaw » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:11 pm

I have a personal Facebook, but my "friends" are both personal and professional - I post just enough personal stuff to make it "personal", but not too much - I still keep the business aspect of it too.
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Postby mrsatwood » Tue May 12, 2009 6:35 pm

I would definitely use to separate ones. One for business.. one for personal.
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Postby angienewton » Tue May 12, 2009 7:16 pm

WOW this was an old post.

I have one Facebook account, both personal and business. I really only joined FB to see pictures from a friend but now I'm hooked but I like the personal interaction.
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