Random thoughts on art, technology, stuff, and occasionally Real Estate: The Trouble With FaceBook

The Trouble With FaceBook

Here's my FaceBook rant, and I'm pretty sure it is an annoyance for other people as well:

Everytime you install a new FaceBook application, the app asks you to invite all your friends.  And I think most folks just click OK without giving it much thought.  Hence, all the FaceBook join this new app/join that new app emails.  The apps all offer a "Skip" option, but I'm not sure many people notice it.

Here are some other rumbles of discontent,

Trent Adams here:  http://trentadams.com/2007/08/27/facebook-apps-killing-me/

Buzz Network here:  http://www.buzznetworker.com/facebook-applications-the-new-spam-part-1/

Bogle's Blog here:  http://thebogles.com/blog/2007/11/are-facebook-apps-killing-facebook/

Guy Kawasaki linked to this in his twitter streamhttp://truemors.com/?p=18202

ResPres (AKA Jeff Turner) replied to Guy:


Tech Crunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/16/facebook-takes-action-against-black-hat-apps/




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Comment balloon 8 commentsCheryl Johnson • November 26 2007 07:21AM


Thank you Cheryl.  I think at this point I am on so many communities and really sticking right here or my blog.  I can't even keep up with all I have tried to do so quickly without keeping track.  I am going to check out your group too titled Facebook

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Holliston, Massachusetts (Realty Executives Boston West) over 10 years ago

Cheryl - I haven't opened a FaceBook or Myspace account. You seem to be in the know on this. Which one would you recommend? 

Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) over 10 years ago
Ryan:  There are real estate people on both.  Since neither costs anything, why not try both?
Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago

Cheryl...I did open an account when I read a prior post of yours.  Haven't done a thing with it.  Now I'm thinking I may not need anything more in my life that makes me THINK...between time and brain matter overload I'm getting further behind in the other things I should be doing for my business  (and even around the house, like housework???) .

Thanks, Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Cheryl,

I have filled out a profile page on MySpace and Facebook.  It takes about an hour to do both.  I don't plan to spend a lot of time on them, but I do think it's important to have a presence there in the event someone you know or don't know has a real estate need and they like your profile.

Right now I plan to only periodically work on improving my Facebook page, because it seems more interactive.  MySpace seems to be focused on a younger crowd (below home buying age), but you never know.  That's why I'm on both.

I believe some people will take the next step with Facebook and that's more of the focus of my group, FACEBOOK TIPS.  I want to hear from people that are experiencing leads and referrals from being on FACEBOOK and to share what they are doing to get those results.  When we each share, we all benefit.


Posted by Dan Weis, CincinnatiRealEstateGuy.com (Comey & Shepherd Realtors) over 10 years ago
I always skip the invite. Occassionally if it is a great app, I will invite those I think it would benefit from.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago
Cheryl, agree with you... it's beginning to drive me nuts as well.  I've been using the skip button lately.  Hooray for it!
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I ignore most  the updates from Facebook.. I have only joined a couple and I think I have always remembered to say skip the invites.  I read something last night (it may be one of your links... ) that some sites that recognize you as a Facebook member (you've been branded) did not have the "skip this" as noticable and some of the mail from advertisers will lessen because there is so much grumbling about it.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago