Your Facebook profile and anything you say on Facebook really is open to exposure by the public no matter how you have your privacy settings. This is true especially if you are posting using your personal profile on the many massage discussion groups/pages on Facebook. For example: My Fan Page for this site is www.facebook.com/MassagePracticeBuilder . For awhile I used to allow massage therapists to ask questions and I would copy and paste their question including their name on my page so everyone could see it and answer it. I also have asked many thought provoking and challenging questions and many have responded to those posts. I have had many who posted ask to have their posts removed later as the posts/threads were coming up in Google Searches for their name and other words. While the posts were not anything but business/professional questions, a client reading those could think otherwise. Also, no matter how private you keep your profile to protect your family/friends and personal life, those privacy settings are only as good as your friends settings. I am also amazed at the number of people who leave their Facebook pages open for everyone to look at. I am wondering if they don’t care or they don’t know that anyone and everyone can see EVERYTHING that they post!
Facebook is also a great opportunity for networking.
People may look at your profile to see more about you. Having your business name and website in your about section of your profile can make it easy for people to find out what you do and where you do massage. You just never know when an opportunity may arise. I have seen many missed connections and opportunities for networking.
Last year I also set up a Facebook Group (closed) where I am having to approve people to join. I can’t tell one way or another if they are a real person or even a massage therapist. So far I just have had to set the parameters for who can join and I simply go through people’s profiles and if I can’t tell they are a massage therapist or in massage school in 2 clicks, I ignore their requests. Now I know many will get mad when they hear that but I just don’t have time to email them and wait for them to reply and approve their request to join. Yes it does sound ruthless probably to some but that is just the way it is today. I know other groups are doing that but frankly that is not how I want to be spending my time!
Facebook makes it so easy to update your information these days.
Just go to the link in your profile in the cover area that says “Update Info”. The area in the Work/Education Section is what will show up in your profile when you hover over a link that goes to your profile. That shows up when you post on pages/groups.
When you hover over your name in a discussion, look at what shows up.
You can edit what shows up there in the Work/Education Section of your profile. Just click on the Update Info and then Work/Education
It then also shows easily in your profile on the left hand column.
It is easy! Why do you not want to do this one simple thing that can help promote your business?
Yes you can still be you and post silly bitstrip comics and such (but that will probably come back to bite you too!)
Seriously, Nothing on Facebook is really private as it was learned by one group last week. Everything you post in a group or on a page now exposes you. People can copy and paste.
Learn how to use privacy settings
Yes get a fan page also for your business. Here is how from socialmediaexaminer.com