By khan Shadid (Follow @kscomunikin)
A contact list serves many purposes in a social network. On Facebook user generated content is published as a status stream; a stream that is visible based on a contact list. Imagine ten million people posting status updates and just seeing those of the people in your contact list. Now imagine that same status stream turning into a status river on Twitter, as updates from businesses, celebrities, friends, clubs, teams, athletes all flow through the same status stream—or status river!
Considering the importance of a contact list to major Social Networks, how important is a contact list to networking anyways. It’s important for two reasons.
- Existing contacts are a great place to get suggestions for new contacts.
- Keeping a contact list allows you to revisit old contacts.
When properly Utilized Facebook’s suggest friends feature is probably the most powerful tool Available on the social network. For new users, it’s the same as being introduced to people on your first day of school or work. It’s with existing users that the importance of this feature can go unnoticed.
So here are some easy ways of using your contact list to your advantage:
- Share Profiles with Friends. That’s right there is a share button under the friends list of every Facebook profile that allows you to post it to your wall. Attach a practical reason why you think other people should know about them (profession, skill, their putting on an event, doing something great etc.) and hit post. Not only is this a great way of helping someone out, but also a great way to build your own credibility. Just remember how these people behave is a reflection on you.
- Use Facebook Groups. Create a group for something you’re interested in and invite other’s to join. The important part is to provide something that will keep them coming back for more, as well as contribute. The group would grow just by members inviting others, as long as there is a reason, and soon enough you’ll have a micro community of well developed contacts.
- Friend’s list. Faebook allows you to create lists of friends. This is a great way of managing personal contacts and professional contacts.
- Committing to Networking. Like anything else you have to commit to networking, and like all commitments there has to be a reason for it. Don’t make building a contact list your mission, build meaningful contacts. You can think of the process of networking in the following steps:
Defining a Goal and Reward. Establish why you are networking and what should be the outcome.
Searching for specificity. Finding solid contacts is all about narrowing down the search. Factors that can help narrow a search: and understanding of the field, knowledge of friends and family members in field, and well communicated queries. The best start to networking is well defined query, because it’s easy to communicate and easy for someone who can’t help you to repeat back to someone who can.
Be Genuine. Assume everyone has the same distaste for bullshit as you do and that they are as good as you are at detecting it. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t cost you anything; but if it does you just made a solid professional first impression.
Social networks were designed to facilitate networking, not do the work for you. In your quest for great and exciting contacts, remember that people look for honesty and passion.
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