Facebook New Feature – See First

Facebook has a new Feature – See First – have you set yours yet?

Just recently, Facebook decided to give us all the chance to control what we See First in our feeds. Before we had the option to set our feeds by “Most Recent” and “Top Stories”. It seemed to me that most of the time those options seemed to work alright on my desktop, but it was up for grabs what I would see on my Android phone.

Now, this new feature gives you the ability to select who or what you want to See First in your news feed. The challenge will be that if you set too many items in your See First choices, none of them will take priority. Be judicious with your choices, AND of course, add Time2Mrkt to one of your choices!

Here is a screen shot of where it appears on my Facebook page (of course I manage it). The following image is where I found the selection on a page that I like but do not administer. You may need to look around a bit to find the option depending upon the type of page you want to follow.

Facebook See First

Facebook See First Option 2

Facebook See First Option 2

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Another Facebook Change

How will this Facebook Change impact your use of third party tools like Hootsuite?

This time the change isn’t directly on Facebook, but affects your use with third party sources like Hootsuite. Read this article Owly

What the article boils down to if you don’t have time to read it is:

  1. You will no longer be able to see your personal feed in the News Streams.
  2. Only group administrators will be able to post to groups from third party tools (of which Hootsuite is one.)

Most of the time this will not affect most people, but if you manage a number of platforms through a third party tool, this means that you won’t be able to use it to manage your personal Facebook. It doesn’t appear to be affecting company pages, YET!

One of the things that I love about Facebook is that almost everyone is using it. The thing that I hate about Facebook is that it is always changing. Sometimes not for the better. Sometimes I think they change just to change. Sometimes I think they change because they are trying to please their stockholders.

No matter the situation, if we want to play in their field, we have to learn to roll with the punches!!

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New Facebook Tweak to Use

Facebook Updates Tweek

Who manages a Facebook page? How often would you like to comment as yourself, or perhaps a different page that you admin?  Facebook has given you a simple option to accomplish just that!

Take a look at this video to see how to do it.

In case you don’t want to watch the video, here are some directions:Facebook Update Options

  1. Make the post as your company page however you make that post – schedule it, share someone else’s post, use a scheduling tool.
  2. Find the post in your personal feed.
  3. Look in the upper Right corner for the icon and the drop down arrow.
  4. Click the arrow and select which profile you would like to use to post.Facebook Update Options 2
  5. Select Like, Comment, Share
  6. Use this option for all pages that you Admin to share a post and perhaps even gain some likes from followers of other pages!

Let me know if you have any additional thoughts or things that you need to see demonstrated.

This might even help you with call to actions and events that you need to share in more than one place. Less duplication of effort and personalize the message to the page upon which you are sharing the post.

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Facebook Page liking other Pages

Facebook Page liking other Pages

The following video offers a quick how-to on your Facebook Page liking other pages.

Remember that Facebook pages cannot invite people to connect like personal pages can, but just like personal pages, your page can like other pages.  The video explains how you can see the posts from those pages and share the information as your page.

The other benefit of liking other pages is those likes show up on your home (admin) page.Facebook other page likes Sometimes, the other pages you like show that you are gathering information from reliable sources.  It also gives you content to share that your page followers will find credible.  Currently, there is a new feature that when you post something and tag another business, the tag will show up on your page as well as the page that you tagged.  This could give you better exposure if the other page has lots of followers on their Facebook page.

Take a peek at the video. Let me know if you have specific needs with which I might assist you.

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Facebook Fan Pages

Recently I have been working with a national client who has individual locations across different states.  Each location has some autonomy with the marketing of their location.  Some of the locations know more about social media than others.  During a recent survey, I discovered many people had set-up a personal Facebook page instead of Facebook Fan Pages.

Facebook Fan Pages

Allows your followers to “Like” your page.  You cannot invite friends to connect in the same way you do on a personal page. Facebook Fan Pages afford you options that you do not have with personal pages. Facebook Fanpages do not let you do certain things that personal pages allow.

For example – you cannot like an individual’s page with your fanpage, but you can like other fanpages.

Here is a brief how-to video I put together to help you move from a personal page that you might be using for business into an actual Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks for watching and check other posts about LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media tools and tips.

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