Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sniping Prospects on Facebook
About 2 months after Facebook became live on the Internet an acquaintance of mine sent me a friend request. I didn’t know him all that well but he was in an on again off again relationship with a woman I know because she shared a house with a friend of ours for several years. I didn’t know what Facebook was so I left the email alone for awhile and then one day I finally clicked on the link, accepted the friend request and registered. He sent me a message saying he was happy I’d joined and almost right away the other 2 people I knew him through also sent me friend requests. The couple already had many friends signed up and some of them sent me friend requests too even though I didn’t actually know them I accepted the request. In the beginning I thought it was weird that people who had never physically met me wanted to be my friend. I joined a couple of groups - schools I went to and organizations I was part of - and signed up people I really knew as friends. I’ll admit I even got brave and sent friend requests to a few people I didn’t know but were friends of friends.
Facebook was kind of a good thing. I’ve reconnected with people I lost contact with many years ago. I’ve also met some new people through various groups I’m part of. I’m not huge on Facebook. Mostly I use it for posting photos and then send the link to friends of mine who aren’t on Facebook. I’m not on there every hour changing my status or seeing what my friends are doing.
Back in the early days of Facebook whenever somebody posted a comment on your friend’s wall that would show up on your news feeds too. Actually get kind of annoying seeing all these comments that people you don’t know have written on other people’s walls and on and on it’d go. It hasn’t been like that in a couple of years.
There’s a woman who I’ve never met but we’re both members of the same online group and we do have a lot of things in common so we became Facebook friends but we don’t interact all that much. One day I noticed some man had posted a comment to her wall because it showed up in my news feed. The fellow’s photo showed him dressed in a suit and he’d written a message to the effect of thank you for accepting my friend request and I look forward to networking with you in the future.
I thought it was a little weird for someone to say. When you get a new friend on Facebook you write a little hello message and maybe compliment their photos. But looking forward to networking with someone? Screams Amway all over it.
Ambot didn’t get started on Facebook until after he joined Amway, about 2 years after I'd signed up with Facebook. The sack of shit Platinum would bring it up mostly when he was talking about the name list all IBO’s have to make of people they know. He said if you have 800 friends on Facebook you can prospect them all as potential IBO’s or customers.
That seems a little creepy to me. I’d say if you have a couple of hundred friends on Facebook you probably don’t know all of them personally. Using Facebook to snipe friends as Amway prospects just seems a little screwy to me.
But Ambot decides the Platinum might actually know something and spends all his free time (and there’s not much of that when you’re involved in Amway!) looking for local entrepreneur groups he can sign up with and then he goes nutso signing up “friends”. He went overboard and Facebook suspended his account. I believe there is a maximum amount of “friends” you’re allowed to sign up daily and he exceeded it. He even told me he was getting warning messages from Facebook saying he was approaching his daily limit of friends and that he would get blocked if he didn’t stop. And then his account got suspended! Ha! Did it not occur to Ambot that Facebook puts limits in effect to stop people from spamming or signing up “friends” for business purposes - like potential Amway prospects! Like Ambot is the first person involved in an MLM who thought about using Facebook to prospect for recruits!
Its also possible that some of these unknown friends were complaining to Facebook or maybe after a person gets enough declines on friend requests that Facebook suspends them.
For all the effort Ambot put into signing up unknown people as friends and I’d have to say he got a couple of hundred he never got a single one of them to an Amway meeting or purchase any products.