Facebook productivity increases when you read a status update from a profile or page and opt to like, comment, or share. When you don’t click those options, you are stuck in lurker mode and eventually get bored.
It is a misnomer that you need friends to be productive. You only need to see content. It can come from your friends but it can also come from pages you like and other profiles you follow.
Here is the skinny on friends and followers
My updates are seen today by 113 friends and 356 followers.
A friend is someone who either sent me a request to be friends or someone I sent a request to be friends, and both of us said yes to each other.
We can like, comment, and share each other’s updates.
A follower is either someone who sent me a friend request but who I don’t know well enough; or someone who never sent me a friend request but did click the “Follow” button.
They can like, comment, or share my public updates. (Every time I write a new Facebook update, I can choose to share it with friends only or the public at-large.)
Here are some facts about Facebook friends
The average Facebook user in the United States has 229 friends. The Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates your age determines your friends.
I am 39 so my number of friends is in the minority. The number goes up and down.
When you turn on following, I and other people can follow your public updates.
How are you connected to me on Facebook?
When you visit me on Facebook for the first time, you will see two buttons to click. You can choose between a friend or a follower.
If you know me well, click the “Add Friend” button.
If you don’t know me well, click the “Follow” button.
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