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How To Be A Great Social Media Guru

Updated on September 13, 2015
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The Vanilla Godzilla was raised and lived in Simi Valley/Thousand Oaks CA. Veteran. Divorced 1996, kids, grandkids. In Phoenix since 2000

A lot of social media zombies out there are afraid to be dynamic! Politically correct can be SO boring!
A lot of social media zombies out there are afraid to be dynamic! Politically correct can be SO boring!
This could be you... photoshopped by your adoring fan base! Choose your audience.
This could be you... photoshopped by your adoring fan base! Choose your audience.

Social Media Site Tips For An Online Fanbase

Yes, I AM an expert in this field! I acquired some popularity through facebook first with startlingly successful results after being virtually unknown. Even voted by thousands on facebook as Funniest male 2011. Then I've used my following that I acquired for a large advertising base.

A smart way to get acceptance is to have a large number of mutual friends. Friend businesses because they need the following and they're more than likely to be readily accepting of your online friendship. Get local ones first. I rarely friend anyone overseas because they are less likely to buy a local product or attend your event or show. Good way to get hacked also. It's just the facts.

* If you like it, show that person some appreciation. Posts aren't JUST FOR YOU. I "like" many posts/comments/pics to let people know I appreciate their efforts and I LIKE IT. Then my name gets seen.

* Don't be a creepy "lurker" all the time. Say something/comment occasionally. I have people I never even knew I had for fb friends. Then I'll meet them or they'll say, "I read your posts and comments all the time." Really? I never knew it.

* Don't comment once a year or just to correct someone's spelling or that something is wrong. All year long I never hear from some except to be a big know-it-all with a mention that I spelled something incorrectly.

* Use private messages if it might be anywhere NEAR embarrassing to that person. Nothing like the whole world to see you're mad, disagree or to be pointed out that a person's grammar/spelling, etc is not perfect.

* Try to keep the language and crassness down to a minimum.This is MY wall and if it's crude, racist, over R rated or implies that I might engage in any kind of anti-social or illegal activity (and not true) it'll be deleted asap. I don't want anyone to think I associate with that kind of behavior/ideas.

* Get permission first before you post your business or cause on their wall. How rude to assume someone will want THAT on THEIR wall. You got your own fb wall for that. Big reason why my wall is blocked. My wall is about ME. It's an advertisement of ME. Not YOU, "piggybackers."

* Follow back on Twitter. I'm following you. Have a little courtesy and just follow back. I just unfollowed a bunch of locals because they couldn't even be considerate enough to do the same. You'll get more fans, more business more followers if you just (show that you) follow back. People will see that you follow (for instance) 1/4 as many as who follows you and they won't even BOTHER to follow you at all. People want to feel the love, too. It's SO easy.

Trust your instincts and create your social media site to fit YOUR preferences but also by grabbing other people's attention.
Trust your instincts and create your social media site to fit YOUR preferences but also by grabbing other people's attention.

Here are some reasons to block someone

If someone rubs you the wrong way, harassing you or you don't need them in your life THEN GET RID OF THEM!

Why do I block so many people on facebook? Well, probably about 20% are just similar or same names. But I don't want a person's (possible) other account to see me either.

Most of these blocked were a virus/spam sent to me saying that I'd won an ipad or some other free item (yeah, right) and are through friends of friends in a mass private message email. Although many of those ARE actually from the same person has many similar accounts in which they will send these spam emails. Fake accounts. Many are those shoe ads.

Some accounts have been hacked without the person knowing it and that's how these spam emails are released. Which is another reason I have a block on my wall from outside posts. Also, you can advertise your product on your own fb wall because THIS wall of mine is an advertisement of ME.

Of course, many are people that have (in my opinion) crossed some kind of social line. Perhaps calling me an unwarranted name or threatening me in any way, shape or form. No, I don't just block someone because I may have a disagreement with them or a difference of opinion while on my post or someone else's post.

In fact, I usually will friend them, if we are not friends already, to see what type of person they really are and maybe there is more to that person. Many times we have become great facebook friends, even. We can agree to disagree.

But some have been rude, crude, racist, unreasonable, acted in an uncivil manner, etc and I just DO NOT want them on the advertisement of me... my facebook wall for all to see. I do not want to be remotely associated with them at that point.

If someone doesn't like me or is jealous and their comments are obviously heading in that direction, I'll block them. Who needs that? And the old adage of, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" is pure bologna when it's facebook and they might want to see where you are going, who you associate with and what your plans are. Because then it's all there for them to spoil, sabotage and disrupt. That's not going to happen here.

Also if I get "a feeling" that they are a fake account trying to hack into my system or sabotage my future in any way I will block them. Sometimes I have even caught a fake account that is actually someone that does not like me for whatever reason. Any "feeling" I get, the "friendship" is not worth it. I have plenty of facebook friends and I'm not desperate for more.

Be particular with whom you accept

Out of 10 requests, I may actually be familiar with 3. Then I research who they are. So many have no info at all on themselves and have maybe less than 4 friends in common with myself. If a person requests my friendship that has many friends in common, then I will take a chance on them. But I might turn down 2 to 3 out of 10 friend requests sent to me on the average.

Also, if I send a personal private message to friend me because they are subscribed to me (some are writers and like to plagiarize my material) and they don't answer me when I inquire as to why they want to friend me, then they are blocked also.

All of these reasons are not paranoid measures. I have lost an account before of over 2,000 people. These are measures of protection for my facebook account and my well-being.

Last but not least, acting in a psychotic manner will not endear yourself to me either and is a big reason for my blocking of people. The number is nearly 600.

Why do I have blocks to outside posts on my facebook wall? Uh, because it's MY wall and it's an advertisement of ME. No one does it better. I also want my wall to be a fun, interesting place to visit. Like an adventure. Hey, it's facebook. How exciting can it be?

The boring posts I used to get were "hi." I'd answer "hi" or something even creative back to them but then 90% of the time I'd get no response back in return. Y'know, a little rhetoric would be nice. Just takin' up room on my wall. Same thing with "thx for the add." I'd answer, then nothing back. If ya want me, you can comment or there's this magical thing called PRIVATE MESSAGING.

I used to also get pictures posted I didn't want of extremism or political crap or a crude picture or a vulgar post or ads for shoes or their people's own products (advertise on YOUR OWN WALL, that's what it's there for.) I know you're there on facebook. I'll look ya up if I need ya.Until then, scram!

RELAX! Make it a daily habit. Don't be nervous to be popular online. You can even be anonymous or use an alias and have fun!
RELAX! Make it a daily habit. Don't be nervous to be popular online. You can even be anonymous or use an alias and have fun!

You can do this!

I also have to approve all tags of my name first. Not going to associate my name to an undesirable picture or post.

I also don't appreciate those, "If you REALLY care you'd copy and paste this to your wall... ." No, you did not succeed in attempting to guilt me into doing something that you want me to do. I DO care. Really I do, but I don't want you to tell me what to do with my fb wall. Here's a "like" for supporters, OK?

Also, no, I don't want to send this post out to 10 people to prove that I'm loved. Besides, they'd HATE me for sending it to them... really. So I'm actually loved after all for not subjecting them to it. Hey, here's a concept: TELL THEM you love them/appreciate them/like them via phone call, text, fb private message or email. ANYTHING but those chain-letter-type posts.

YOU have to find YOUR way to run YOUR site that works for YOU

Also, I have programmed my fb account to not post who I just friended, what and where I just commented and what I just pushed the "like" button for. Nothing's more annoying than getting on someone's wall that hasn't "cleaned it up" and there are just pages and pages of these announcements.

No pictures, posts, comments just who they friended or wrote a comment to recently. BORING. Then it's a real drudgery deleting them. So they just leave them. Another "exciting" wall and person to (not) visit on facebook. When you make over 100 daily comments in groups or on other people's walls like I do since 2009, it got to be quite a hassle. Use your account settings wisely. Or just USE THEM, people!

We don't need a cyber-generated rose or kitty or even a bitch-slap poke (yes, facebook has that.) Nor do I need to prove to everyone I'm playing an app/game right now and just acquired 200 CYBER-GENERATED rings. When you get an actual gold ring, then tell the world. We'll actually be interested then. I think all of these reasons I gave here will be the downfall of facebook. If you're doing any of these things I have mentioned, you're boring us to death.

Be creative, interesting, topical, HECK, even controversial for cryin' out loud, people! Just be something! Wait. I know! Just be you. THAT always works! Show us what YOU are about. What YOU like. Games and apps don't count. Make your facebook wall a fun place to visit. Not a storage yard full of boring stuff. Mine is me but overblown to comedic proportions.

Now, lets' discuss spelling and half way decent sentence structure. It's a great way to appear somewhat intelligent to maybe JUST THE ENTIRE WORLD. Enough said on that subject.

Just A Few Suggestions

Why do I have blocks to outside posts on my facebook wall? Uh, because it's MY wall and it's an advertisement of ME. No one does it better. I also want my wall to be a fun, interesting place to visit. Like an adventure. Hey, it's facebook. How exciting can it be?

The boring posts I used to get were "hi." I'd answer "hi" or something even creative back to them but then 90% of the time I'd get no response back in return. Y'know, a little rhetoric would be nice. Just takin' up room on my wall. Same thing with "thx for the add." I'd answer, then nothing back.

If ya want me, you can comment or there's this magical thing called PRIVATE MESSAGING. I used to also get pictures posted I didn't want of extremism or political crap or a crude picture, a vulgar post, ads for shoes or their people's own products. Advertise on YOUR OWN WALL, that's what it's there for. I know you're there on facebook. I'll look you up if I need you.

I also have to approve all tags of my name first. Not going to associate my name to an undesirable picture or post. I also don't appreciate those, "If you REALLY care you'd copy and paste this to your wall... ." No, you did not succeed in attempting to guilt me into doing something that you want me to do. I DO care. Really I do, but I don't want you to tell me what to do with my fb wall. Here's a "like" for support. OK?

Don't Be A Pest

Also, no, I don't want to send this post out to 10 people to prove that I'm loved. Besides, they'd HATE me for sending it to them... really. So I'm actually loved after all for not subjecting them to it. Hey, here's a concept: TELL THEM you love them/appreciate them/like them via phone call, text, fb private message or email. ANYTHING but those chain-letter-type posts.

Also, I have programmed my fb account to not post who I just friended, what and where I just commented and what I just pushed the "like" button for. Nothing's more annoying than getting on someone's wall that hasn't "cleaned it up" and there are just pages and pages of these announcements and advertisements from other people. No pictures, posts, comments just who they friended or wrote a comment to recently. BORING. Then it's a real drudgery deleting them. So they just leave them. Another "exciting" wall and person to not visit on facebook. When you make over 100 daily comments in groups or on other people's walls like I do, it gets to be quite a hassle. Use your account settings wisely. Or just USE THEM, people!

I also don't need a cyber-generated rose or kitty or even a bitch-slap poke (yeah, facebook has that.) Nor do I need to prove to everyone I'm playing an app/game right now and just acquired 200 gold rings. CYBER-GENERATED rings. When you get an actual gold ring, then tell the world. We'll actually be interested then.

I think all of these reasons I gave here will be the downfall of facebook. If you're doing any of these things I've mentioned in this note, you're boring us to death and the rest ARE boring and are getting mad at me right at this moment while reading about a bit of reality.

Be creative, interesting, topical, HECK, even controversial for cryin' out loud, people! Just be something! Wait. I know! Just be you. YOU. Show us what YOU are about. What YOU like. Games and apps don't count. Make your facebook wall a fun place to visit. Not a storage yard of media trinkets.

Now, lets' discuss spelling and half way decent sentence structure. It's a great way to appear somewhat intelligent to oh, maybe JUST THE ENTIRE WORLD. Pretty much, enough said on that subject.

Here Are Some More Tips

1.) Don't make three or four consecutive comments on the same post. Put them in one.

2.) We didn't find that picture to have you post it five minutes later. Find them yourself and we really don't want to see the same picture on the news feed back-to-back.

3.) Just writing someone's name in a comment won't get them to answer you. Tag their name.

You can do this (or at least part of these suggestions.) Get a little computer saavy and use the simple facebook account managing steps that are always just waiting for you off to the upper right. An inquiring person asked me, "That's sort of condescending, Dan, and frankly, if you don't allow others to post on your wall, why should anyone want to remain facebook friends with you? It's all about the mutual, right?"

Um, no it's not. You have your own timeline/media display. This is MY advertisement. I'm entertaining you. If you were in the (local) entertainment biz like me, you'd understand. Facebook IS NOT a mutual give and take. People online like to see what I'll post next. I even had 2000+ on my former acct before it was dropped by fb. So I've been to 2000 TWICE within less than 24 months. SOMEBODY out there likes me, apparently.

I want my wall to be funny, interesting and fun to visit. I opened my wall up for just 8 hrs a week ago. Within that amount of time I recieved posted on my wall: a nearly X-rated pic, a shoe ad, an app, a thx for the add, a hi that all just took up space from the comedy (also they never followed up to my response of "thank you" for posting them - boring), a very crude written post and an blurb to join some cause of which I did not agree with at all. Space wasters.

Attention online and stand up comedians

If you have to hack, steal, "borrow," recreate or tweak another comedian's joke or post on facebook, you should just hang it up right now. I'm sure I've had out of town stand-up comedians use or plagiarize one of mine for their set or even as a status.

I have many as fb friends. YOU ARE NOT A COMEDIAN then and should wake up, realize that you're a fake. My material is documented, dated and someone WILL find you out eventually if not sooner. Then you just committed "comedian's suicide."

It's tough, at times, to not sound like another comedian's joke. "Writer's block" happens all the time but you'll snap out of it within the day every time too if you even have a creative bone in your body and any talent in comedy or comedy writing skills at all.

Try all or some of these suggestions and learn to be computer curious. Use the simple site account managing steps that are always just waiting for you. Above all, have fun and try to be a little interesting, please.


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    Dan W Miller 2 years ago from Southern California now living in Phoenix since 2000

    Oh, well it appears "stonecrotch" has never written a hub, has no followers and followes no one. Just trolls around the internet hating on people. This is another person I should have mentioned in my hub. They're out there.

    He's entitled to his comment which was a good point. But I don't think his type should be allowed on HubPages. He contributes not a lot to the site (although he DID read my hub. Thanks!) and creates nothing in the spirit of HubPages and to improve himself. TO WRITE.

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    Dan W Miller 2 years ago from Southern California now living in Phoenix since 2000

    OK, I'll change the wordage just or you, anonymous person. You're right. 1 billion+ on facebook and I personally recieved over 7,000 ACTUAL votes as oppossed to the other five candidates to win it. Yup, that IS a small number in comparison to the entire site.

    But we weren't called "The Monsters of facebook" for nuthin'! We ruled! Dave Monsterburgs's troupe was a fun time.

    NOW IT'S ACCURATE. I might refer you to the paragraph when I mention how I may never hear something nice at all from a reader until they feel the need to correct me. Anything else I should do to make this hub perfect? Anything nice to say about it at all?

    Thanks for reading!

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    blarneygroin 2 years ago

    You didnt win an award from "the facebook community." You got a vote from a small, secret group on facebook. Accuracy matters in social media.