Joining Facebook Groups and Fan Pages

Apr 03, 2010

Today I heard from a friend of mine who had a question about Facebook Groups and Fan pages.

His Question:

“What effect, positive or negative, does it have to belong to, be a fan of, etc of any particular group, company, etc other than just having it on your personal list of favorites?”

My Answer

The positives:

You’ll receive updates and information about the groups or pages your a fan of. Your friends or “social graph” will be able to see what kinds of people, groups and issues you are interested in supporting.

You also gain access to people that share their support for a person, business or issue — which can lead to new business relationships and personal relationships.

Another positive that I think you can gain from joining groups and fan pages is they give you a specific insight into people’s lives and businesses that we never had before social networking gained popularity.

The negatives:

You’ll receive updates and information about the groups or pages your a fan of. Your friends or “social graph” will be able to see what kinds of people, groups and issues you are interested in supporting.

Depending on how many groups and pages you are member or a fan of it can lead to receiving a significant increase in the number of messages that you have to weed throughout to get to the stuff that matters.

Everyone has their own limits to how many messages and interruptions they can handle. This is an issue I grapple with on a daily basis.

Lastly, I don’t fan everyone that asks me. Just those that I’m interested in learning more about or who ask in a compelling way for my support. I also have left groups and un-fanned people that send too many updates that aren’t relevant to me or my interested.

What benefits do you get from joining groups or fan pages?

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