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There are a lot of good things about being famous, but there are a few not so good things too.
Everybody wants to be famous. Everybody wants their few seconds in the spotlight. If you're a social media addict like the majority of the population, you've probably wondered once or twice what it would be like to have 5,000 Facebook friends and just as many followers. You might have seen a popular post or two and dreamed of what those 352 likes would look like with YOUR name above them. Well, this morning I woke up 50 friend requests in a matter of hours. This was nothing compared to the morning that I had to sift through 150 friend requests. By the end of the day, I'll probably have 70-80 more to look over. It seems as though all of my best selfies can get over 100 likes in no time. Some of my funnier or more inspirational posts can easily rack up 25 likes in a matter of minutes. These statistics are NOTHING compared to some other, more popular, Facebook users...but how do they stack up against your numbers? The odds are, they're probably a little bit higher, and you probably want to know how to change that. Facebook fame isn't something you achieve overnight, but I'm going to share with you the first 3 secrets that you need to know, and you'll start seeing a change in your stats faster than you expect.
Tip #1: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEND FRIEND REQUESTS!
You can't make friends if you don't reach out. Facebook recommends that you not send friend requests to anyone you don't know personally, but that is just for safety reasons. If you were to end up being hacked or abducted, Facebook doesn't want a lawsuit to fall against them. Warning you is their way of washing their hands of the situation, because lets be honest here: The internet can be a very nasty place. I've had a few unpleasant encounters in the past couple of months. It's something that just comes along with having a larger following. If you really want to get your name (or your business's name) out there, you HAVE to start reaching out. The "People You May Know" list is a very fine place to start. This is generally a safer approach to making online friends. Eventually, you're going to have to add someone that you have no mutual with, so make sure you check their profile out completely before you hit that add friend button. Business owners, bloggers, and YouTubers seem to be the best people to start out with.
Tip #2: BE INSPIRATIONAL AND CONTROVERSIAL, BUT NOT HYPOCRITICAL OR PESSIMISTIC!
Say what's on your mind, but don't be a **** about it. If you have to choose between lifting someone up or putting someone down, always try to do the former. Controversial is okay. People have opinions, and there are some people that might not agree with yours, respect that, but controversial doesn't mean racist, sexist, homophobic, hypocritical, or just downright mean. You can agree or disagree with the zoo shooting the gorilla, but for the love of God don't turn into another Donald Trump and suggest we deport an entire community. People are going to say nasty things to you. They are going to call you names. They are going to disagree with you. They are going to ridicule you. They are going to criticize and judge you. Always try to face these trials with kindness. Remember: What comes around goes around. There was one incident recently where a VERY nasty person started calling me names in the comments of my posts, even threatening me. Quite a few of my followers jumped in to support me, and so many people reported the man that his profile was actually removed from Facebook. He isn't going to be able to harass anyone in that fashion anymore. Inspire people and stay kind, it will pay off in the future.
Tip #3: USE THE HASHTAGS - FOLLOW THE TRENDS!
I've noticed that even though hashtags are an option in Facebook posts, not many people choose to use them. This baffles me. USE THE HASHTAGS, PEOPLE! I know that they are more popular on Twitter and Instagram, but that is all the more reason to use them on Facebook! If less people are using them, you are more likely to show up in the search results when someone searches for the hashtag in question. Another thing that people don't seem to be paying much attention to is the trending topics that Facebook offers. Listen guys and gals, that little box isn't just for the news reporters to scroll through when they are looking for a juicy story. That box is for people like YOU and ME! Quit posting about what you're having for lunch every day, and start actually building up and interesting page that people will WANT to follow. Quit just sharing other people's pictures/ideas, and start writing about how you really feel. This is the place to express yourself...take advantage of that. Let people get to know you. If Selena Gomez is trending, go read a little bit on WHY then write your own little post. If you aren't interested in Selena Gomez, make that clear in a nice, respectable way, then say "but I would still like to give my opinion on..." You'll engage a conversation and that will make you more relevant. Facebook organizes news feeds by relevancy, not recents...so you need to stay relevant.
So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen...the first 3 steps to finding Facebook fame!
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