Facebook is the largest and most popular social network out there, but for many, it can be quite confusing. The beauty of Facebook is that just about everything can be customized or configured to your liking…you may just not know about it. If you want to know a little more about what you can do to customize your Facebook business page or just Timeline in general, here is some information for you.
Below are 10 configurations you can do right from your news feed in Facebook. Enjoy!
#1 Have you ever logged into Facebook and the first few posts were from hours ago? Facebook automatically shows you the “Top Stories” in your new feed which are posts that have received lots of attention via likes and comments, and Facebook thinks you shouldn’t miss out on this. Well, here’s how to fix it to show the “Most Recent” posts:
#2 Sometimes you just want to get on Facebook without anyone bugging you. You can be anonymous by setting your chat to “offline“. Any messaging you receive will be sent to your FB Inbox. Start by clicking the chat box at the bottom of the screen. It will pop open showing you who is online, who is not, and who is available by mobile. Then click the gear wheel and “Turn off chat“. Just don’t forget to turn it back on later!
#3 You can change who is seeing your individual posts. “Public” posts, showing the world symbol, mean anyone can see your post, friend or not. “Friends“, showing the figure head symbol, mean only your friends will see your posts. “Custom“, showing the gear wheel symbol, allows you to post to all your friends except for individual people. For example, you are having a surprise party for your mom and you create a post telling everyone you are planning the party. If you set the post to custom, excluding your mom, everyone will see the post but her! Pretty cool huh?
#4 Don’t you hate it when you comment on a post, then realize you misspelled something or forgot a word? You can edit your comment and move on
#5 Have you ever commented on a post and then regretted it later because 50 other people also commented and your notification box is filling up? You can “Unfollow a post” and never get notified again.
#6 The election is close and people are more than ever posting their political beliefs and it can be tiresome. I have many political friends and although it’s not my thing, I still want to be friends with them, but without seeing all those posts. There is a solution…You can hide them from your news feed, meaning you are still friends, they still see your posts, you can see their posts if you go to their profile page, but you won’t see them in your news feed until you put them back in your news feed. Just don’t forget about them! BTW…they will NOT receive a notification about it.
#7 Alright so maybe taking them out of your news feed is a little too harsh for you…Here is an alternative. Hover over the person’s name, then hover over “friends“. Click on “settings” and you will see options for “How many posts you see” and “What type of posts you see“. This allows you to see what you want to see from these people.
#8 You can create different lists for your friends and put friends into multiple lists. For example, family, co-workers, best friends, high school, college friends, etc. whatever you like.
#9 Now that you have all your friends neatly in lists, you can do 2 things with that. First, you can create a post specifically for that list. Now only your friends listed in “family”, for example, will see your specific post only meant for them. Second, you can look at your news feed with only that particular list in mind. For example, if you just want to see what your college buddies are up to, you can click on that list on your left side of the screen, and your news feed will only show those in that last.
#10 If you have a Facebook business page, you will appreciate this. An easy way to jump to your page and not have to go back and forth between “you” and “your page” identities is to click your page from the left side of the screen. It will also have a number next to it if there are any notifications for your page. Easy as pie!
I hope this helped you out and of course if you have anything to add to this, please post it in the comment section below.
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Today’s “ah-ha” moment:
I get this question a lot and rightfully so…
Q: How do I get rid of those annoying Farmville/Cityville/Mafia Wars/Family Fued game requests on Facebook?
A: While in Facebook, go into your privacy settings at the top right of your screen (next to “Home”), scroll down and click “blocked people and apps”, then you can enter what apps (or people) you want to block.
**Thank you Cheryl F. for asking the question and inspiring this post.
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There have been some pretty big changes with Facebook this week. The good news is, it’s all good news!
#1 The ‘Super Admin’
Facebook now allows you to limit the access of other administrators on Facebook business pages. There are now 5 levels of admins.
- Manager – The Manager has complete access to the page and all access. This would likely to be the page owner or business owner.
- Content Creator – This position allows for all access except for managing other admin roles. This is a great role for your Social Media Manager or Marketing Director.
- Moderator – The moderator can not post or create content but can reply to posts, comments, and messages as well as create ads and see the analytics.
- Advertiser – This role is strictly for someone to see the analytics and create/edit advertisements for the page.
- Insights Analyst – As it sounds, the role of the Insights Analyst only has access to this section.
This is fabulous news that should have been in place years ago. I have heard many horror stories about a rejected/angry employee deleting Facebook pages or deleting the other admins and creating havoc on the page. The ‘Super Admin’ should solve these problems.
#2 Promoted Posts
We all know about advertising for Facebook pages and you see them constantly over on the far right column of the page. Now Facebook allows you to promote a particular post from your page. What does that mean? It means, for a certain price, your post will be seen by even more people including friends of fans. Now that’s pretty cool! The other side of the coin is, how does Facebook control what fans are seeing my posts in the first place? Seems they have some explaining to do.
#3 Scheduled Posts
Coming soon to a page near you! You will soon be able to schedule out your posts on Facebook up to 6 months in advance. Again, should have been done years ago but hey we’ll take it. This will allow admins to still post while in meetings/vacation/sick/busy/different time zones and not have to use 3rd party sites like HootSuite. Watch for this new feature and let me know how you like it!
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I spend a lot of time on Facebook and I have heard many stories from friends of how Facebook has caused problems with friends and family relating to arguments or offending others on Facebook. I personally have never had a problem like this ever. Until now.
Without going into too much detail and making the situation worse than it already is, I have certain people (extended “family” you could say) blocked from my Facebook profile, meaning I may as well not exist to them because they can’t find me and for good reason. Let’s call them “person A“. I don’t want “person A” to know anything about my personal life and want to keep it as private as I possibly can. However, their extended family members, “person B” saw something on my page, passes on the info, and “person A” got upset about it. So I blocked “person B” which I would have blocked in the beginning anyways if I had though about it.
Anyways…. Ugh, so high school-ish, right?
“Person A” is now upset that I blocked “person B” because they “did nothing wrong”. So now I look petty, immature, and like the bad guy all because I wanted to keep my privacy so it wouldn’t cause problems in the first place. I can’t win. So what do I do? Do I act as the better person, unblock these people (even though we still are not Facebook friends and they still won’t have access to very much anyways), or do I keep them blocked and continue minding my own business and hope they mind their own business (ha ha)?
What is the correct etiquette for blocking people?
If I would not invite you to my house, show you my photo album, and tell you the latest going on in my life, why would I share it with you on Facebook? I wouldn’t, you would be blocked.
That’s what’s so great about Facebook, you can control who sees what!
Click here to learn how to block certain posts from being seen, control your privacy, block people all together, etc!!!
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Project365 is a photo-a-day way of seeing and remembering those moments in life that so often get away from us. All you do is take one picture a day of something that happened to you or effected you in some way, write a caption, and post it to your Project365 Facebook album. Pretty simple right? Usually it is, but I found that I have gotten pretty busy and forget to take a picture, or maybe I did take one but forgot to post it. This is always a reminder to me of why I’m doing this project in the first place. We so often get busy in our lives, we don’t see the little things, or we forget what happened. That is why the project exists.
I love going back and seeing what I did and remember what happened on a particular day. I also like the fact that Project365 reminds me to pay attention to what’s going on in my life, the good and the bad, and reminds me to take a picture (except when I forget ).
Give it a try for yourself and let me know how you like it!
Below are some examples of my album but if you would like to see my entire #Project365 album, click here.
#Project365: Tuesday 4-3 Just viewed some of the tornado damage in Arlington. Most amazing thing I have ever seen and this was only an F2! I am just at a loss for these people and wish there was more I could do for them. More pics to come.
#Project365: Friday 4-6 Today I went to Rangers Opening Day…kinda. Well I went to an awesome tailgating party with some friends and the Rangers won 3-2! Season is 1-0 baby!!!
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I have 4 teenagers and I most likely spend more time on Facebook than the four of them combined, all work related of course *cough cough* So I find it extremely amusing when they try to get away with something on Facebook. For example… I noticed one of my wonderful teens had posted mid-day on a school day. How did they do that, I asked? Their response was something to the effect of “Mom, my friend must have hacked my account” or “Facebook doesn’t always get the time right when I post, that was from this morning”. Weak, I know.
Well parents, I am going to teach you how to spy on your kids (or anyone else for that matter). Now obviously you could set up a secondary account under a different name which I would encourage, however Facebook is really pretty smart and sometimes won’t let you get away with it. Back in the day I created a MySpace account of a girl about my kids age and friended them and all their friends so I could keep an eye on them. That’s actually how I got myself wrapped up in social media to begin with!
So here are a few tips:
#1 Check their “recent activity”. This information is posted right on their Facebook page, is probably the most valuable info you will find, and is usually showing their comments on others statuses, new friendships, videos watched, and pages liked. If you notice, everything is hyperlinked in blue meaning they are clickable. If they commented on a status, click the “status” and you will see all comments for that status, along with date and time of day.
#2 If your teen RSVP’s to any Facebook invitation, it will show up on their profile like the the picture below. The invitation is clickable which will give you all the details of the event/party, including address (if given), who is invited, who else RSVP’d (who your kids will be hanging out with), and any comments or chatting about the party. Lots of valuable information!
#3 Curious about when your teen is online? You can always check the “chat section” to see if they are currently online. If they are you will see a green dot next to their name, unless of course they know how to turn off chat which means nobody will see if they are available online or not. You can also see this on the iPhone Facebook app as well.
#4 While looking at an actual post you will see the date and time of the post. This is helpful especially if they were suppose to be in school, in bed at the time
#5 A picture speaks a thousand words and on Facebook, teens love to discuss their pics. First, find out who posted the pic, second, who all is tagged in the pic, third check the time and date it was posted (was it 3am?), and finally click on the actual picture to see all the wonderful comments from their friends who probably are clueless to the fact that a parent may stumble across the picture and read about the wild and crazy night they had.
Don’t forget to check the tags!
#6 Check their friends list. You can actually hide your friends lists but most teens either don’t know this or don’t care, so get snooping! The 2 pictures below show the friends list on the old profile page and the new timeline pages. Click them and you will see any mutual friends you have with them, as well as their entire friends list. You can scroll through all of them, checking what town they live in, high school or college they attend, and even workplace if it’s posted. You can also search their friends list for a specific person shown in the 3rd picture below.
OR on the new timeline
Search the friends list
Hover over a name to get a little more info
If you dig deep enough, you can find lots of information about anyone on Facebook. A little scary actually but you can also secure your Facebook so that pretty much everything is hidden through your security settings. Is this an invasion of your teens privacy? No, it’s out there for all to see it. Keep in mind that many teens lie about their age on Facebook because you have to be at least 13 to have an account, so it may look like your kids are hanging out with 20 year olds. That may not be the case at all so check the about section for graduation year to confirm.
Parents of teenagers need to be proactive instead of just reactive to a situation at hand. Stop the behavior before it starts. Know who your kids are hanging out with. And don’t feel guilty about spying on them…just don’t get caught or they will de-friend you or worse…block you. Then of course you change the wi-fi password and/or take away the computer
Alright, so yes I’m on Pinterest but honestly just not that interested. However, it has now become the 3rd largest social network out there just behind Facebook and Twitter respectfully. So to stay on top of things I must learn to at least tolerate it, right? Maybe because I’m not much of a girly-girl and it seems that all that’s posted are “girly” pictures. I do understand it’s a great way to drive business, especially if your business includes products and/or is visual. I do like the idea of Pinterest but I just can’t get my brain around it yet. Of course I said the same thing about Facebook several years ago too.
So help me out, what is your opinion about Pinterest? What do you love most about it? Do you have any secret tips or tricks to using it effectively?
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The new Facebook Timeline is now here for business pages and coming next week to all profiles. Many people don’t like change and are afraid to change over to the new Timeline. So since I am a very visual person, I have put together some screen shots of the new Timeline to help you maneuver through it. Once you know where everything is, the Timeline isn’t so bad. PLUS…nothing has changed on your newsfeed which is where most of us spend all out time anyways I hope this helps!
This area is what you will see first and spend most of your time.
#1 The drop down arrow at the top, next to “Home” is where you will log in/out, and find your privacy and security setting.
#2 The cover photo is a huge picture that you can get pretty creative with. To change your cover photo, just hover over it and you will see the option to change it anytime. The dimensions for the pic is 851×315 pixels.
#3 Your profile pic is pretty much the same as before (180×180 pixels) and if you hover over it, you will see options to edit the picture.
#4 “Update Info” is where you will edit your profile, just click on it.
#5 “About me” section is clickable and will also take you to the “edit page” feature
#6 If you have more tabs on your page than the ones you see, there will be a small drop down arrow to click on. You can actually change the position and order of the tabs here.
The great thing about the Timeline is the privacy controls and various options you have when posting.
#7 While posting, you can tag a person or page, add the year, and add the place you are at when posting.
#8 Once you click inside the posting box, you will see a drop down box that allows you to change who is viewing that particular post. You can change the post to be seen as “public”, meaning anyone can see it. You can change it to “friends” or you can change it to “custom”, meaning only your friends will see the post except for a particular person or group of people. This comes in handy if you don’t want your kids to see something, you are planning a surprise party and don’t want the friend to see your posts to other friends about it, etc.
Have you ever posted something you wish you didn’t or were spammed by someone else? You can easily edit and remove pictures and posts.
#9 When you hover over a post, you will see the edit button, click it. You will then have various options to delete the post completely, hide it from your timeline, meaning it is still there for only you to see, or report and mark as spam. In this particular picture, 2 friends saw the same picture and thought of me and decided to post it on my wall
The Timeline has the zig-zag style of posting which can be confusing for some people. If there is a particular post you would like to attract more attention to, then you can “highlight” it.
#10 Hover over the post and you will see a star appear, click it. The post/picture will then spread all the way across your timeline and will be bigger than life!
#11 As you’re scrolling down your Timeline, you will notice a toolbar pop up at the top of your page. This allows for easy navigation so you don’t have to scroll all the way up to go to a different part of your profile.
#12 While you are in the editing section of your profile, notice every section either has a drop down box next to it or an “edit” button. This allows you to control the privacy on every single area of your profile. Take advantage of that!
#13 And finally, the whole point of the new Timeline is to tell your story and then be able to go back and laugh at yourself
Enjoy and embrace the new Timeline and have fun!
If you have any questions…you know where to find me!
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