Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friend or Fan! Sorry FB, I'll Take Friend Any Old Time

Today I had lunch with Linda LaRue, star of health/exercercise infomercials. We decided that we don't like the word "fan," even if Facebook does.

Should you have a Fan page?

Before I start, know that once your friends on Facebook reach the thousands, you hit a limit. Then you may have to move to a fan page whether they are as good as the regular Facebook interface or not.

I personally don’t join fan pages. To me they seem redundant to a person or business’s regular pages.

And I don’t have a fan page of my own. At least not yet. That’s because every social network you add means more work for you, if you keep it up. Fan pages seem like a duplicate effort to me and I'm as frugal of time as I am of money.

So, until I reach the magic number (I think it’s 5,000) on Facebook. I won’t do a fan page. Besides, it seems a bit arrogant to call my friends (even my acquaintances) fans.

If you’d like to “friend” me, though, find me at I really do like the word "friend!"

PS: Don't you think the friendship bracelet kit I found on Amazon (See the Widget in this post) is a fun way to make something special for your writing friends? A bracelet for those who take the time to review your book, as an example. Or bracelets for those in your critique group. (-:

PSS: Here's what Facebook has to say about Fan Pages:

Pages are for organizations, businesses, celebrities, and bands to broadcast great information to fans in an official, public manner. Like profiles, they can be enhanced with applications that help the entity communicate with and engage their fans, and capture new audiences virally through their fans' recommendations to their friends.

You can create and manage a Facebook Page for your organization from your personal account. You can create a Page here ( Please note that only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity, or band is permitted to create a Page.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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