New Tricks: Five tips for starting out on Facebook

November 3rd, 2008

Let’s face it: You’ve all heard of Facebook. But is it helping you actually connect with other people in a meaningful way? Are your co-workers using Facebook to its full potential?

Perhaps so, but probably not. Here are some tips for creating a good Facebook profile:

1. Fill out your profile. Period. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen profiles without photos or job titles.

2. Spice up your profile a bit. Join a group or two. Post on your wall. Become a fan of something. Download a Facebook application. Update your status once in a while.

3. Now you can start adding some friends, but don’t stay within your circle. Once you join groups, I’m sure there will be people there you want to add. If not, open up your Rolodex or Outlook e-mail list and start adding some contacts. This is also a good way to strengthen your personal networks.

4. Create photo albums, and tag the photos with your friends. This way, they’ll see that you care about them enough to name them in your pictures. Great for professional gatherings, family photos, etc.

5. Keep your profile up to date. If you happen to get promoted or — heaven forbid — change jobs, it’s important for you to update people in your network.

Lastly — and this doesn’t warrant a number — if it’s someone’s birthday, wish them a happy birthday. (You’ll be able to see this information on your Facebook home page.) It’ll help you strengthen your connections.

Anyway, these are some basic, basic tips. I’ll be adding some more tactics every once in a while!

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