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I have a Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Womenfolk-The-Art-of-Quilting/45147863567 I think you are following it.They are easy set up and a way to be in contact with people beyond your Facebook friends on your personal account. Think of it as a public page that can even be found in a search on Google. So it reaches many more people. You wouldn't want to put more personal things there like news about your family but it could be a great place to share your projects and thoughts about quilting.
Hmmmm, very interesting question and answer, Judy. Never thought about it.
I was curious and did a Google search and found this: http://www.directcreative.com/blog/facebook-fan-pageThat said...I'm not getting one. I stay away from Facebook as much as possible. =)
So, Judy Anne, how would a fan page be better than or different from what I share here on my quilting blog? Search engines already pick up my blog and rank it fairly highly, I think.
I'm a quilter that also works in web development. A FB fan page is the "done" thing, just becasue it offers another venue for people to find out about you. There are large portions of the population that go on FB and literally go nowhere else on the internet. A fan page is a way to connect with themAt least that's the logic. Given how much information you have to hand over (which they sell) in order to just sign up, I've opted out of everything FB.Remember when "they" said you had to be on MySpace? It's a ghost town there now. ;)
I've wondered this same question many times myself...
I agree with Andrea. The only purpose I can see is to capture a different demographic. Younger FB users friend and follow everyone. As a Gen Xer, I use it selectively - only for family and close friends and the only fan page I follow is a family member's Art Studio account. One thing to think about is the purpose of FB for you. Is it to drive business to your blog or etsy shop? Why would I want to go there, rather than here? Are you going to say the same thing both places, or have some other benefit to following more than one? I struggle with the same type of question pondering about the benefits of Twitter. I can't tweet since (rather obviously) I have WAY too much to say.
I'm not a quilet, but I do feel the need to chime in. Of course I'm a web developer, too, so it's a biased answer. But my whole family and all my friends are on Facebook, and businesses that I really love I love to have on Facebook. For instance, there is a local farm stand who I have a page on Facebook. Today they posted a suggestion that anyone who missed the Farm Show could always come visit the animals at their farm, and now I am going to do that with the kids for that very reason. To me, Facebook is about timely, contextual marketing. And it is definitely not going away anytime soon.
Interesting, I use Facebook in a very limited way to keep up with family and friends but between the blog and website, feel I have enough to keep up with posting about quilting.