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Noreen Seebacher

Too Many 'Friends,' Too Much Stress

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SaneIT
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My biggest FB issue
SaneIT   12/3/2012 8:19:35 AM
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My issue isn't so much stress caused by mixing friends from two different aspects of my life it's seeing the lives of fiends in a new light.  There are few thing as frustrating as a real life conversation that goes something like "I'm so tight on time I'm barely keeping up" so you help them out with some things only to see a notification that they just leveled up in a Facebook game.

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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
Broadway   12/2/2012 8:51:48 PM
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@kicheko, with your suggestion about not posting to FB more than 5 times a day, is there research on that that corroborates that, or is that your gut feeling? I get the same sense, but now with the way FB handles business pages, who knows how many posts your fans are even seeing??

WaqasAltaf
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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
WaqasAltaf   12/2/2012 12:12:42 AM
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@ MDM and kicheko

The brands should realize that if people are subscribing to you, they are showing their loyalty to the brand and many are not expecting to be bombarded with messages relating to discounts, offers and other survey material. Posting less but meaningful messages can further enhance brand loyalty esp for those who subscribed.

WaqasAltaf
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Both the sides
WaqasAltaf   12/2/2012 12:08:19 AM
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Love the topic. Other than the addiction of logging into facebook in a sub-concious state when starting your PC and which wastes a lot of time esp if you planned to do something important, I find facebook a great tool to re-unite with old friends. I, however, cant deny that the friends we make on facebook can impact our daily life with increasing our anxiety, stress or may be positive excitement.

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Re: How true!
Lyndon_Henry   12/1/2012 10:48:41 AM
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..

Data Diva writes


To your point Noreen, I think virtual communities are the BEST!  It all boils down to having something in common with a person.


 

But then, Noreen writes


Having more friends than your real friends is a narcissistic exercise that ostensibly confirms your alleged popularity. Friend everyone from every place you have ever lived, worked, played, or traveled, and wow -- it looks like you have hundreds and hundreds of friends. ... You don't. How many of them would come if you called in the middle of the night?


 

To me, a real friend is a flesh-and-blood, face-to-face friend that I interact with, or have interacted with, in person, long enough to consider him or her a friend.  There's something about all this "friending" on Facebook that strikes me as very superficial and even tawdry and deceptive.

Now, I do have lots of people that I've interacted with in cyberspace, whom I'd consider allies, colleagues, acquaintances.  I manage/moderate an online Yahoo-Groups forum with several hundred transit professionals, consultants, civic leaders, advocates ... and I have never met most of them in person.  I do try to meet some of them when I travel around the country (and perhaps, someday, in the UK, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc. where some of them live).

But I'm gonna stick with my person-to-person definition of true friendship, and continue to question the authenticity of all this "friending" that seems to occur only in cyberspace.

 

MDMconsult
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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
MDMconsult   11/30/2012 9:28:02 PM
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@kicheko A focus on quality not quantity would be a good start. Its a good point to note that a presence on Facebook means there is a trust with being "Facebook Friends" When it comes across as just business or too sales there are issues here.

 

 

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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
Hospice_Houngbo   11/30/2012 8:18:53 PM
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@kicheko,

There is indeed a danger to too much information sharing. Businesses should make social media work for them, not against them. Subscribers cannot keep up with the important topics if they are bombarded with more information than they need (or can digest).

Hospice_Houngbo
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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
Hospice_Houngbo   11/30/2012 8:02:20 PM
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@Maryam,

"it can actually really irritate customers."

I will take your advise and I will not count that much on FB for business. Thanks for sharing!

kicheko
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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
kicheko   11/30/2012 7:07:28 PM
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For facebook brands, i think its generally a bad idea to post more than five times a day because then subscribers begin to get tired of you and could unlike you in no time.

MDMconsult
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Re: Love doesn't necesarily mean like
MDMconsult   11/30/2012 6:56:44 PM
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Absolutely. From the consumer standpoint, being selective of and limiting information is now stress enough for the user. Vice versa for the organization and its brand, being selective of the information it presents to the community is key. The organization really has the responsibility and its reputation to consider when communicating. Work to avoid too much information which create these issues.

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