According to Facebook statistics there are over 500 million users on Facebook at present!  To break it down here is a small bulleted list of findings directly from Facebook itself:

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
  • There are more than 150 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
  • People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  • There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products

http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

If the above statistics are in fact true, which I personally believe that they are, then what stops one from using what is given to us on a Silver platter?   Keep in mind that Facebook is not just for socializing with people that we may already know.  Facebook is used in many ways such as, making new friends, acquiring new clients, customers, and Virtual Assistants alike. Yes there are sites that enable you to find clients, and enable you to find the VA of your dreams which is fantastic, but what better way to showcase what you do for both the client and the VA than a Facebook Fan Page! With that being said one has the opportunity to speak to potential new clients, customers, VA’s and leads in real time or via email right through Facebook’s platform. How easy is that! I guess that you can say that while a free lunch is hard to come by, this is one of those rare grand lunches that is in fact free for all!  Why not utilize the biggest and grandest social media outlet available to us at our fingertips and is free to boot!

Going back to the older ways of the world, when people know you, or get to know you they begin to trust you. Trust spurs long lasting friendships, new customers, clients, Virtual assistants, and so much more! A client that would like to do a search on a Virtual Assistant will not only find them in Google, but can also find then in Facebook as well, if they are a member, or has a fan page. Doesn’t it make sense to join the largest social media venue of our time? I think so! What do you think?


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