I was invited onto Facebook by a former high school friend about a
year ago. As with you, a reunion was being planned and many of the
girls (I still think of them as girls since that’s they’re frozen in
my memory) from our class were going to be attending. I had not had
any contact with my former classmates other than a written
newsletter ten years ago and short visits with two of them while I
was in California. I had lost contact with my best friends as we had
all gone to college and drifted into our own adult lives.
One of my former classmates lives two hours from me and since she
was coming to my city for a meeting, we decided that she would would
visit me while in town. I was so excited about this visit that I
made her a bracelet (beads) in our school colors with sterling
alphabet beads spelling out the initials of our high school.
The visit went well, she was thrilled with the bracelet and started
"talking" about it on our high school group page and even posted a
photo of it. Immediately I started getting requests for bracelets,
necklaces and earrings from my former classmates. And once a
necklace was made, a request for earrings would come etc. I’m still
making jewelry for my former classmates and the loving feedback I’ve
gotten has made my heart glad.
I learned that I could make a “fan page” or “business page” on
Facebook with as many photographs as I wanted so my friends could
view my work. I’ve branched out from my original 75 or so former
high school classmates to friends I know in real life and friends of
theirs. It’s pretty amazing how far-reaching our “friends of
friends” lists can get.
I don’t usually post about my jewelry. It gets very tedious and
boring if it’s obvious that that’s the only reason a person is on
Facebook. It’s kind of like having a blog in that it’s encouraged to
talk about things going on in your life, special websites that
you’ve found and sharing photos and music.
Every time I post a new photo and “share” the image, a notice goes
to my “Wall” page, and then to the wall pages of all my friends. I
only add friends who I think I have something in common with and I
have been able to categorize them as “Hunter friends”, “real life
friends and family” etc.
There is an opportunity for live chat, but it’s not on the Wall. A
little box pops up when you’re on Facebook (or FB for short) and it
tells you who of your friends are online at the time. You can then
send them a chat message and they can reply.
I’d have to say that Facebook has definitely helped my business and
more importantly, it’s brought wonderful friends back into my life.
I’m now in the process of co-organizing a reunion in my home city -
this time I’m not going to let the opportunity of connecting in
person get away.
I hope this helps you understand a little bit better of how Facebook
can help your business but the fun of it is in reconnecting with
Pastiche Custom Jewelry