April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009
Guidelines to Social Networking

Welcome to another day in my life. TGIF! And boy am I glad it is Friday. I will be busy tomorrow at a health fair at First Baptist Church in Mandarin so I am resting up today.

I did do my protein shake and an abs and leg workout. Figured I would be too tired after the health fair tomorrow to do legs so went ahead and did it today. Hopefully my legs will not bother me at the event tomorrow.

As most of you know I do a lot of social networking because we are a very small community based organization without publicity and public relations funding. So I tend to network for donation and to do HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention in our new virtual world. But what are the rules?

From what I have read so far, this is what I have learned. Please let me know what you do when it comes to adding and managing friends.

Making a Friend Request

1) Do not make blind friend requests. This means do not just go from profile to profile clicking add friend 100 times in a row.

2) Make friend requests to people that are active on the site. Look for the other members that are making comments on blogs and are actively posting.

3) Visit the member's website before making a friend request. This will allow you to add a targeted comment in the friend request.

Receiving a Friend Request

1) Never accept any friend request blindly. Send a message asking them a general question about their life. If they answer, then accept their request. If not, then reject their request.

2) Be wary of accepting requests from people who do not have a picture. People that do not post a picture are more likely not going to be around, and they are more likely to send you spam.

Managing Existing Friends

1) Immediately remove any friend that sends you a message that you consider spam.

2) Immediately remove any friend that sends you more that one invite to another site in a week. If you notice that you are getting 15 invitations to all kinds of social networks, then you have a friend or two that you need to eliminate. Each invitation will have the person's picture and name. Just go find them in your friends and unfriend them to stop these invites.

3) You must spend a few minutes a day removing friends that are sending you spam and excessive invites. If you do not, then things will quickly get out of control. 5-10 bad friends can turn your email inbox into a nightmare. Some of these people will invite you to 10 sites a day. Spending a few minutes a day on removing these bad apples will save you time in the long run.

Hope this helps. It has worked for me so far.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab