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I Heart my Facebook and Twitter Communities!

imageAs a raving people-person*, I absolutely adore my online social networks! Okay, the secret is out. Ha! As if it was a secret.

*I’m an Extravert on Myers-Briggs, High I on Disc, High Social Contact on Reiss, and Connector in Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.

I treated myself to a professional makeover and photoshoot last weekend, in preparation for my mega Facebook for Professionals product launch, and I’m also gearing up for the next level of my consulting and training business.


I uploaded my new headshot to Twitter and Facebook and… within minutes, my awesome community began sending praise and acknowledgment. [I’ve included a selection below by way of acknowledgement back! Hehe, we’re the mutual appreciation society!]

Now, I’m not the type to let all this go to my head… too much. Ha! But I thought this was a powerful demonstration of what I teach my clients and students: that just by being out there and being yourself, bringing joy, adding value, uplifting people’s spirits with no “agenda” – people will remember you and want to connect with you.

Even if you’re not a natural-born Connector, there are certain steps you can take to maintain terrific visibility and exposure. And, authentically commenting, congratulating, and acknowledging others is certainly one of those steps.

We must keep in mind–regards online social networks, in particular–it’s relationships first, business second. This is my mantra (and title of my next book!).

By the way, of all the feedback, I must say this comment by Kevin Nations on a Skype chat really got me.


I went to the photoshoot with my gal pal, Carol Dysart. Our photographer, CeCe Canton, has a remarkable ability to really “get” her subjects. In fact, there’s a word “grok”, which means to really be gotten at a deep level.


I think investing in a professional photoshoot is a wonderful way to really feel grokked. Seeing yourself through the eyes of others can actually move you to tears… it did me!

On Facebook:



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On Twitter:

ChrisShouse : @marismith love the new photos:) << (2008-03-30 04:22:47)

KimDushinski : @marismith One word…WOW! You look awesome. Beee—yoooo—-teee—ful. << (2008-03-29 23:31:09)

coachlaura : @marismith Your picture is outstanding. You are a beautiful goddess of the internet. Hugs, Laura << (2008-03-29 19:32:18)


susanreynolds : @marismith MARI! Holy hannah you look terriffic << (2008-03-29 18:47:58)

Camyden : @marismith Very Nice! << (2008-03-29 18:40:46)

Merlene : @marismith oh lovely! << (2008-03-29 18:39:08)

lizstrauss : @marismith Congrats on a wonderful photo shoot. << (2008-03-29 18:18:09)


oemperor : @marismith are you off to cannes now? << (2008-03-29 18:13:06)



Be sure to visit my Photo Album on Facebook and add your own comment. If we’re not friends yet, send me a request.

Mari Smith

Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is widely known as the Premier Facebook Marketing Expert and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women that are shaping digital marketing. Mari is an in-demand keynote speaker, corporate social media strategist, dynamic live webcast host, and popular brand ambassador. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

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  1. Josh Anstey on April 4, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hey Mari,
    I love the twitter community too!

    I have tagged you in the ‘8 little known things about me’ meme.


    Check it out and keep it going.

    Have a great day.

  2. Koka on April 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Many of us have this ‘secret’ of being addicted to social media sites. I do! Thanks for sharing how you use the applications and it’s always great to see the community respond to new posts or updates.

  3. Susan Reynolds on April 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Of course we’d comment Mari, not because you were suddenly looking great but that you were looking even greater than before.

    PS – I’ll take two of whatever YOU had 🙂

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