So you have a great idea for a service or a product but you don’t know how to get the word out there and generate proper buzz online. Don’t fret! There is a way to connect with 1,000s of people directly and instantly, it’s free of charge and requires minimal effort on your part. Sounds interesting?
We now live in a world where the size of internet is rapidly shrinking down to a handful of websites. Sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are household names and bookmarked on virtually every web browser known to man. This is where you’re in luck because you are going to take full advantage of Facebook in a manner you probably didn’t know was possible.
Forget what you read about what scientists have said about some magical number of 150 friends on Facebook being the most friends “human minds can manage.” You are going to organically create a network of 5,000, the maximum amount of real “friends” (i.e. no fakes) you can have listed on your Facebook profile, because let’s face it, 150 may not seem enough – it is.
At first glance Facebook may appear as a very large community of internet users, but nothing could be further from the truth. Facebook is made up of more communities than there are users and the sooner you understand this, the sooner you can take advantage of it. There is one particular community to target in order to create a successful network on Facebook and it’s the one where the members of the community share the common interest of either killing each other online or feeding their farm animals. Yes, the online sensations created by Zynga – Mafia Wars and Farmville.
Pick one of these two games. It really doesn’t matter which one. Both these games are originally designed to be social games so in order to be successful you have to be connected to a lot of people. For example, if you are connected to less than 501 people when you play Mafia Wars, you are a sitting duck and a constant target for other players.
When you look at the profiles of the people who play these games you have to be selective. Target only professionals. You will be surprised at how many are online during office hours to milk their cows or rob banks. Nobody will raise an eyebrow at your friend request if you add the message that you found them in a forum for any of these games and ask them to help you out.
Quite rapidly you can build up a network of 1,000s of people who will all see your status updates. Think of it is having 1,000s of followers on Twitter. Now you have a formidable tool at your disposal and it didn’t cost you a penny – only your time and a lift of a finge for several mouse clicks and keypad strokes.
Now you can truly generate buzz about your service or product but be mindful of your approach when you update your status. You don’t want people to think that you are spamming their feeds so be elegant and only mention something that they would be interested in. Just make sure to update your status with mundane nonsense from time to time and people will simply think of you as just another part of their social gaming experience.