I’m one of the few people, it seems, who didn’t fully embrace Facebook when the rest of the world did.
In the last six months, however, Facebook has been bringing me (and my business) a lot of exposure.
Exposure for a photography business ….!
I crack myself up.
(I really do. Pathetic?!)
Anyway, I’ve been trying to post a few of my for-sale-photographs on Facebook each day. When people “like” my photos and/or share them, more people discover my art.
It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
I’ve also “met” some great people.
Of course, every once in awhile a random freak comes along.
I realize that’s the nature of the Internet – there’s always at least one stalker in every crowd, right?
Still, Facebook is relatively new to me and I can’t say I’m very experienced at navigating its social media path.
If I get a random naked photo of a man sent to me (and assuming he’s unattractive), I know I can block the sender.
But what am I supposed to do when a stranger POKES me??
I’ve been poked by total strangers in the past, of course, but I’ve always pretended it didn’t happen.
I never heard from the poke-rs again, which was better for us both.
Be that as it may, I recently found myself in a different position.
Over the weekend, a total stranger went through a zillion of the photos I’ve posted on Facebook (over the last few weeks) “liking” every single one.
And then …?
And then he poked me and left.
I was baffled.
What’s a girl to do?
I didn’t want to be rude.
On the other hand, I didn’t encourage him to poke me in the first place.
Doesn’t poking someone imply a sense of familiarity?
Maybe he’s a really nice guy with honorable intentions?
I turned to Twitter for help.
I thought I’d brighten your Monday by sharing what I learned:
I never know quite what to do when a man I don’t know “pokes” me on Facebook. What does he WANT?
@TwentyFour I’ll tell you what he wants. @thebitchinwife LOL! : ) I kind of want to hear his explanation …! lol @neilochka OK – what does he want, Neil?? @TwentyFour probably just trying to compliment your wonderful photography but he’s shy. That’s all. What did you think a poke means? @timebandit Possibly? @TwentyFour Naw @Neilochka I thought maybe he liked my hummer. Um, hummingbird. @Neilochka do I poke him back? How does a girl respond to a random poke? @TwentyFour if you appreciated being poked by him, sure. You are telling him thanks for the poke and you hope to be poked again by him soon. @Neilochka Well, his poke flustered me. Is it rude if I pretend it didn’t happen?
(No reply ….)
@Neilochka Do you poke women you’ve never met? @TwentyFour no. Not that forward. @neilochka Strange things always happen to me …. @TwentyFour tell me about it.
OK, now it’s your turn ….
Do you respond to random pokes?
Would you, if you found yourself in my circumstances …?
Am I losing potential sales by not responding to pokes?
Personally, I can’t imagine poking someone unless I knew them well.
Maybe I don’t have a good grasp of poking etiquette?