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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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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One of the biggest questions raised by business owners is “Why should I hire a social media manager?“. Many companies enlist in the help of the person in the office who knows how to use Facebook the most. That person is then given the added responsibility to create a business page, post content, answer questions, and so forth. The reality is, if you as a business owner are serious about marketing your business through social media, then don’t you want it done correctly? If you are like most small businesses, you also don’t want to spend any additional funds for it either, which is where the current employee gets stuck with the new job. Social media is one of the most affordable and effective ways to market your business. The problem is many companies don’t trust it to bring them any ROI because it’s a “new” technology. There is never a second thought to run a $500+ advertisement in the local paper, but to put some of the marketing budget into social media takes a little more trust than the old tried and true ways of print advertising. Here are a few reasons to get with the program…
1. Everyone is doing it
Yes it sounds cliché, however with over 500 million people on Facebook alone, over 100 million on Twitter, over 50 million bloggers, and over 300 million YouTube subscribers with an infinite number of videos uploaded each day…yeah, everyone is doing it. Let’s go back to Facebook, the Grandaddy of them all. Unless your target market is males over 75 years old, odds are, they are on Facebook. Marketing 101…go where the people are.
2. DIRTFT (Do It Right The First Time)
My high school senior English teacher taught me that, sad that I learned it senior year but oh well. When you rely on the “most experienced Facebook user” in the office, there is a big chance your business page will not be set up correctly. Facebook does not allow personal profiles to be used for business purposes, yet we see this happen every day. How many “friends” do you have that are actually businesses? Besides, Facebook Pages provide analytics and other features specifically for businesses. Does your favored “expert” in the office know how to use Twitter? Set up a blog? Create a YouTube channel? Know about meta tags? Know about SEO marketing? Know anything about RSS feeds? Customer service? Content marketing? Ever heard of Yelp? Four Square? Pinterest? LinkedIn? These are just a *few* things a social media person should clearly understand to get your business results.
3. Social Media is time consuming
Have you ever been on Facebook? The average person spends 1.5 hours a day! Your social media person should be posting on your Facebook and Twitter site 1-3 times daily. Then of course checking back periodically throughout the day to check on comments, questions, and other customer service inquiries. They should also be checking your blog for comments among other things, as well as Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, Urban Spoon, Google Plus, ect. for comments, reviews, and questions. Does your office employee have the time available to all of this and more in addition to their current job duties?
While some businesses may answer all these questions with, “yes we can do this”, most others will not be able to answer an honest “yes”. It takes money to make money as we all know in business and the #1 expense cut in budgets are in the marketing department. Take a moment and really think about if that is the right move. If you are not where the people are, how will that affect your business? Think of other resources, like can you offer a raise to the person in the office taking on these job duties? Does it make sense to hire a part-timer for social media? Would it be beneficial to hire a contracted employee who specializes in social media? Whatever you do, do something and I’ll leave you with this…
To those who say “It doesn’t pay to advertise”… A man wakes up in his advertised bed to his advertised radio. He brushes his teeth with his advertised toothpaste. He rides to work in his advertised car. When asked “Does it pay to advertise he says “No” until he advertises his unadvertised business for sale. Author: Unknown
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