Questions arise as to who should I connect with on social media, or should I accept that invitation or follow back that person who follows me? Here are some tips.
If you are an open type of person, you’ll probably accept most if not all invitations on Facebook (personal page only) and LinkedIn. But do read their profiles! Some are scammers! If they don’t have a photo, then investigate them fully and decide to accept or reject based on your findings. Some real people, unfortunately, do not have a headshot of themselves! It makes it difficult to connect, so be sure you have a headshot on your own profiles.
Depending on how particular or fussy you are, you won’t blanketly accept all LinkedIn or Facebook invitations, but pick and choose those who 1) are your colleagues in your industry, personal friends, or friends of friends (2nd level on LI), 2) are your market, 3) are those you’d like to get to know better, or 4) are the big-wigs in your market or your industry.
With LinkedIn, if you would insert a personal message in invitations you send, so much the better. Some refuse connection with you if you don’t send a note, yet LI has a connect “People You May Know” that doesn’t allow for notes, so go figure. It’s not all cut and dried.
Facebook used to allow you to send a note with an invitation, but no longer, and if you want to FB inbox someone you aren’t connected with, that will cost you $1.
Twitter, on the other hand, is a wide-open gathering. You can follow anyone you want (except those with Lock symbols) by just clicking the Follow button. And anyone can follow you too, you don’t need to follow them back, but do have a look at your Followers and see who would be interesting to follow back. You can check their feed out first before following back, and I recommend this, as some Twitter accounts are on auto-follow where they just follow any new accounts yet have no tweets and few followers. You’ll see their Egg Heads as a dead giveaway, but again, not all Egg Heads are bots. Check their feeds to verify that they are real and worth following.
These tips are for Personal Accounts on Facebook and LinkedIn. The Twitter system works for both Personal and Business Twitter handles.
So go on out there and connect with people! You never know who they might know who would be helpful to you or who you can help. It’s a social world, be social!
Author: Miller Finch
Miller Finch Media — Social Media Marketing Management