Let’s talk about Facebook jail!
I’ve been asked several times about this so decided to share what I’ve learned!
This…comes from my experience…yes, I’ve made that mistake and had to experience the dreaded Facebook Jail!
When I first got started with Facebook marketing, I learned one of the best things I could do to ‘prospect’ was to contact a bunch of strangers, you know, like cold calling. I’ve been in sales and know cold calling is necessary, so I figured “yeah, it makes sense.” and followed the advice of connecting with lots of other people on Facebook.
I still think this is a great idea to connect with other people on Facebook. Facebook is after all ‘Social Media’, ya know? Really, it is a space where we get to know a lot of people and become friends. In fact, I’ve met a LOT of great people on Facebook and I’m so grateful.
Having said that, I knew NOT to be a spammer. That, I didn’t do.
BUT…. Don’t make the same mistake I made. (I’ll mention what I did to get myself into the FB jail below.) Luckily, I was only in facebook jail a couple of days and I was off the hook. Whew! I’ve heard of people who were in FB jail more than just a couple of days, some people’s account being banned from Facebook forever! You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?
I don’t think it happens often, but it does happen. Before you start to freak out and imagine iron bars and scary place. It’s not really a physical jail, but it’s basically a time out of Facebook and it gives repercussions for those who continue to violate their guidelines.
How to Stay out of Facebook Jail
Facebook is huge! Billions of people use Facebook every day, I know! But they do watch people do closely and pretty tough on people.
Here are actions and tactics so you stay out of Facebook Jail.
1. Don’t Send Friend Requests to People You Don’t Know Personally:
Sometimes FB shows and you might come across people who you have a mutual friend with and you want to connect with that person. I get that. But don’t just send the friend request. If you send a bunch of friend requests and your request have gone unanswered or been marked “unwelcome”, your account can become temporarily blocked from sending friend requests. (yep, jail time!) Don’t send friend requests to people you don’t know personally. If you want to do it, send a friendly message first and ask for their permission. BUT…
2. Don’t send Too Many Messages!
Caution though….DON’T send too many messages either! This is where I got in trouble. I sent many messages in a day – I mean it was like 50. It’s a lot, I know! This was part of activities that was encouraged in the group I was in. It was a mistake and I learned quickly! Only send a message to those who you legitimately want to connect and know that the person will most likely respond. If you don’t get a response, she or he probably doesn’t want to connect with you anyway.
3. Don’t Do Things You are not supposed to do!
Like I mentioned above, though Facebook is a huge social media platform, but they closely monitor accounts! They do have specific rules people are supposed to follow.
These are the specific prohibited contents and actions on FB:
- No nudity or sexually suggestive content.
- No hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group.
- No content that contains self-harm or excessive content.
- No fake or impostor timelines.
- No SPAM
- Unsolicited contact with others which includes harassing behavior and constant advertising or promotions as a Facebook profile (not a Page).
- Using a Fake Name to create a fake profile or worse yet; impersonating a person or entity.
4. Your Personal Profile is NOT for business, Stop Promoting Your Business there.
I know there are a lot of people who use their personal profile to ‘share’ what they sell. Sharing information on the personal profile is one thing, but to promote the business is another. You may not get slapped with Facebook jail now, but if you keep using your personal profile for your business, you are walking the fine line. You might be worried that you are going to lose your followers but you can’t have a business name or any other name other than your real name on your personal profile. You really don’t want to take a chance. Facebook has a legit Business Page you can create specifically to operate your business. Why not take advantage of that and do it right?
5. Take the time to read and educate yourself on Facebook’s Policies and Terms of Service.
I hope this article helped you to be more aware of Facebook jail and help you to stay out of it!
I’d love to hear from you and get your feedback !
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