Twitter and facebook are two completely different animals for me.
I connect with thousands of people on twitter, most of whom I do not know. I connect with hundreds of people on facebook. I know all but one and have only about 15 people I have not met face to face. A small percentage of the people on my facebook have become friends from twitter. They were complete strangers before twitter and I probably wouldn’t have met them without attending a twitter networking or fundraising event.
Twitter delivers my news, is a learning center and provides networking opportunities I wouldn’t have normally been included in, where I have found new friendships, alliances and personal and professional opportunities. So, it is just as it sounds, twitter is a casting net and those I have connected with on a personal and business level I have added to my facebook. I have made lifelong friends from twitter.
Facebook allows me to stay connected and reconnect and even build a better relationship with people who are closer to me than my twitter network. Facebook is a group of people I know.
Everyone has their own way of having relationships and using social media to develop business relationships or friendships. In Real Estate most people (but not all) want to do business with people they know and trust. I have found that my blog is the core of the trust, it is posted to facebook and twitter. My friends know me already and trust me. When they refer me, the referrals usually want to know something about me before they connect, so they Google me. Then they surf my site and either contact me through my contact page or they make reference to the website when they call me. 🙂
Remember each platform can only reflect a portion of who I am. There isn’t any way that someone could really show their whole self on the internet. That is done in person.
The reason to connect on the internet is to ultimately connect in person. It sometimes it isn’t a direct connection to someone it can be “someone who knows someone” which also happens in real life. Using facebook or twitter increases my exposure and the exposure of my listings…the connections and relationships come from sharing interests, meeting in real life.