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Facebook Official?

Facebook is the single largest social network on the planet. With well over a billion views per month the possible uses for this tool are incredible. One of the biggest questions asked by business owners in regards to Facebook is as follows, “Is Facebook professional enough to be used as a tool to promote my business?” To be completely honest there is no all-inclusive answer to that question. However, no matter what your business you certainly shouldn’t rule it out as being a valuable marketing asset.

There are a few unique ways to promote your business via Facebook. The two major ways to do so are Groups and Pages. Below is a graph that lays out some feature of both.

Facebook Groups vs. Facebook Pages

Ryan Herman shows a graph of facebook groups vs. pages(Graph provided by: http://www.allfacebook.com)

To be honest there are very few times when a company would not want to have a Facebook fan page or group. It may not be the most “professional” form of social media, but it may be one of the most effective. Whether a business creates a group or page themselves or it is created by a loyal customer, if it is done right it will help promote the company. As long as the content is favorable towards the business, people will react positively. With that being said, it is certainly safer to create your own page so that you may more easily regulate the content that is added, making sure everything is appropriate and constructive. Even if Facebook isn’t your number 1 form of social media, it certainly could be more beneficial then you think.

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Teen Sues Mom Over "Facebook Harassment"…Really????

I was doing some reading on news sites about recent stories involving Facebook and found some disturbing stories about Facebook. By now everyone is familiar with the ridiculous things that are beginning to happen on Facebook, such as the countless pages that you can become a fan of, or the many different games that you can play, and I personally think that all of these things are pretty stupid and pointless. However, the articles which I read have to do with some completely different aspects of Facebook that are just as out of control as all the games and groups.

You used to have to be in college to have a Facebook, but when they decided to allow anyone and everyone with a computer to make a profile, kids as young as 11 and 12 started creating pages. Evidence of the craziness of this is the fact that a 16 year old in Arkansas is suing his mom for “harassing” him using his Facebook. The teen claims that his mom hacked into his Facebook account, changed his password, and wrote things about him on the site. The mom claims that she did this because she was becoming worried about some of his activity on Facebook. The fact that this is even going to court shows how crazy people in America have become.You can decide what you think about this, but in my opinion the kid is 16 and lives at home under his mother’s care, so she has every right to monitor what he does online and put an end to anything that she deems unacceptable.

What is going on in America today?

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Texas Punk Gone Entrepreneur

I lived in San Antonio, Texas from age 7-10, and this past summer I went back to an old friend’s wedding.  While visiting got to hang out with Sean, one of my close friends from my days in Texas.

In catching up with him, I found out that over the past two years he has developed his own computer repair service.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your average “I reset my neighbors wireless router” repair service.  This kid has clientele all over the city, gets away with charging $50/hour, and drives a 2007 Ford Mustang.

Sean uses both a personal website and Facebook Page to market his business.  He has over a dozen personal reviews on his own personal site attesting to his greatness.  This guy has no employees and doesn’t contract out any of his advertising because he does it all himself.

As a result of his hard work and successful marketing, Sean is working 10-20 hours a week and making around $35000/year while playing in a Christian rock band that’s about to get signed to a major record label.  Pretty impressive what a 21 year old with no college experience can do when he puts his mind to something.

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Facebook Apps Make Big Profits

I can still remember when I first heard about Facebook.  The Myspace trend was finally dying out because of how convoluted and spam-ridden the site had become.

Then there was Facebook…  A couple of my friends were talking about how you needed a college email to join.  Within six months they opened it up to high school kids and I started one.  Now everyone and their mother has a Facebook and it’s the biggest social networking site on the web.

One of most profitable developments to come out of Facebook for internet entrepreneurs is Facebook Apps such as FarmVille.  FarmVille began as one of those annoying invitations you got repeatedly (i.e. Mafia Wars, Pirates vs. Ninjas) and is still “one of those” Apps.  However, something about FarmVille has caught on, because as of last month there were 82.4 million active users of FarmVille.  All it takes is a little advertising on an App like this and you’ve got yourself a multi-million dollar enterprise.

The beauty of Facebook Apps is that anyone can make them with basic programming software such as Software Development Kit (SDK), and then can be marketed and advertised within Facebook’s own social networking site.

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Digg: Aren't Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Enough?

I am going to be honest, I have never been to Digg.com before. Yet, realizing that I was required to write about it, I decided it might be time. For what seemed like minutes, I browsed, read, and watched their content brought in from thousands of different websites. But, it wasn’t minutes, it was two hours. After looking at the clock, I sat back in my chair and thought to myself, “this could be bad.”

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