Facebook Jail – Heaven or Hell
Usually, this is because someone has broken one of Facebook’s policies and they get ‘banned’ for a certain number of days. There are various reasons for that.
But what struck me was the two different opinions – two groups of people who have vastly different views on Facebook Jail.
Craig Smith of Digital Marketing Ramblings notes that as of April 24, 2014 the number of FB users is somewhere around 1.28 billion users. That’s a lot of people ‘living’ in one space together!
The first group is mainly the ‘social’ group. They come just to socialize in some way, de-stress, talk and relax. That’s how FB started. But it’s been known to most of us entrepreneurs, that business people have flocked to FB advertising, using business pages, and overall promoting their business to the masses of people on Facebook.
The second group is the entrepreneurs and business owners. I read an article from November 2013 that stated “More than 25 million Facebook pages are now classified as small business pages following a change by the social network to include ecommerce pages in the category.” That too is a lot of business people, many who are not business savvy in Internet Marketing.
As these are two vastly different groups of people, there are problems with how each group sees the purpose on FB and so their opinions differ on Facebook Jail.
The Social Club
Of the ‘social’ group, many of them don’t understand Facebook Jail. They don’t get why there is a Facebook Jail. After all, they’re only being social. They only want to make new friends, talk, relax, play games, right?” I’ve heard ‘isn’t it meant for socialization?” They don’t’ understand why they have been prevented from sending friend requests and they can go into FB Jail (not being able to send out requests) for 7 to 30 days.
Facebook policies state “If your account is temporarily blocked from sending friend requests, it may be because friend requests you’ve sent have gone unanswered or been marked as unwelcome.” Facebook suggests “people should send friend requests to people you have a real-life connection to, your friends, family, coworkers, or classmates.” Duh!
Basically this group is mad as heck that FB controls who they talk to and how they talk to them. They feel FB is impinging upon their rights and that FB should get a grip.
They don’t understand why they can’t send 50 friend requests out to people all at one time.
There are those who are new to Internet Marketing and know nothing more than to spam (send unsolicited emails, friend requests and information) to *everyone!*
This group has not been ‘taught’ nor do they understand the right way to build relationships with people prior to trying to work their business on FB.
Then there are those of us who are entrepreneurs practicing ‘attraction marketing’ and understand how to interact with people on Facebook via building relationships.
We do not spam, we do not send out massive friend requests or post soliciting info on our personal pages. Business is done on our Business Pages.
We don’t worry about Facebook Jail because it is about developing relationships with individuals independently – not going for mass production introductions hoping you can get a person to your business or make a sale.
Facebook Jail – Heaven or Hell?
The social club knows nothing about business either. All they want to do is socialize, meet people and have fun so when they send out 50 requests and they get thrown in Facebook Jail, they don’t ‘get it.’ It’s for their own protection. Facebook Jail is Hell to them.
The entrepreneurs, like myself, who understand why, praise FB for putting ‘some controls’ around spamming and such because it could fast get out of control and we could get fast overwhelmed with messages, friend requests from people we don’t know or care to know. We might think of Facebook Jail as Heaven – keeping it under control.
I saw today that most of the social folks just say ‘ignore them’ and they will go away. Not! They may eventually go bother someone else, but me personally, I don’t want that interaction. I also don’t want, which I get regularly, the following:
- Men from Iraq, Iran, The Netherlands, various parts of Africa and other countries requesting to be my man
- Spammers – “I don’t know you but I can help you make a million dollars in 2 months…!”
- People asking for money to come to the U.S. because they are poor, under attack from government, etc., etc.
- Business solicitation
- And many, many more
I block these people and I report them. This can automatically put a person in Facebook Jail if this person gets t0o many ‘reports.’
So What Do I Think?
So before I say the next thing, I want to say that I don’t think Facebook is perfect and there are many things that FB does that drives me crazy!
Some seems a bit controlling and manipulating. But, I think Facebook Jail protects all of us from the unsolicited spammers and untrained-in-internet-marketing-business-entrepreneurs – that’s a bottom line.
Facebook Jail is a control to keep things in line and with more than 1.28 billion users from all over the world all in one place interacting with each other, there has got to be some kind of monitoring and controls in place. Else, it would be anarchy!
I’ve never heard of any of the entrepreneurs I deal with complain about Facebook Jail because many of us rarely go there. We know the deal. We understand attraction marketing and develop relationships with people prior to doing business with anyone.
So is FB doing what it’s supposed to do? Yes, in terms of this, in my opinion. Although I don’t agree with everything they do, I do understand Jail is meant to protect people. Without these controls (just like any other business or social environment), things could get out of hand. So for anyone reading this, here are some:
Tips To Keep Yourself Out of Facebook Jail
- The best protection is to read the policies and understand them.
- Don’t spam or send out unsolicited emails or requests for anything
- Don’t send out mass mail, inbox, posts, or requests
- Don’t send out too many friend requests at one time
- Don’t send out inappropriate content, videos, movies
- Avoid posting graphic violence and threats, bullying or harassing anyone
Over To You
So what do you think? I’m curious as to the opinions of others as I have no way of gauging if I’m being insensitive to those who are not in business and just want to socialize. Share your honest opinion. Maybe it will help us all understand.
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