Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Addiction? Huffington Post – How To Overshare: 7 Things We Forget We Do Daily On Social Media
I just had to share this! I’m guilty of this…checking my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest repeatedly for cool pic’s and such. I can even be a little obsessive sometimes. I used to share where I was dining, drinking, shopping ALOT! BUT, I have had to re-think when and why I do this, and I have actually stopped sharing a lot of that info. Not for the reasons you may think; I am not paranoid, I’m not anti-social (by a long shot)I just think that people don’t really care where I’m eating, drinking etc (unless it’s on foursquare of course!). When I see some of the things that people share, frankly I am baffled, and find myself saying “Dude, really?”. Social media is for fun, not serious, even for business…it is not meant to be super serious, it is for sharing and caring and connecting. No one really wants to hear your pontificating, rants, religious and political beliefs, we have to hear all that from our spouses, families and good friends, ha! Bottom line, be careful what you share…
Take a look at this new article from The Huffington Post (amazing news source, love them) on oversharing. It starts out; “Let’s own up to it: Social media is an addictive part of our everyday lives. In fact, habits like flipping through Facebook or Instagram have become almost second nature — 40 percent of Americans even admit to checking their smartphones while on the toilet. The problem with living simultaneously in both the digital world and reality? Sometimes we end up sharing way more than we realize.” read on…
What’s the hottest new social app? SnapChat, typically appeals to the younger crowd, check it out!
Have you uploaded a new branded timeline cover shot to your business Facebook page yet? I just finished up mine and I’m pretty darn happy with it! The cover shot photo area is prime real estate for businesses. I decided to do something a little out-of-the-box and futuristic; because social media marketing and online marketing to perfect your online business presence is THE future. It is today…a must do if you plan to stay in business and compete in the great vast world of search.
Take advantage of this FREE real estate on Facebook and explore the new features and benefits of timeline for pages to help increase your businesses visibility on the internet and build relationship marketing on Facebook.
Do you need to change the name of your Facebook Business Page? Well…now you can request a name change! Pretty cool for some of you…that, well let’s be honest, didn’t think it through. Take a look at my fellow virtual assistant, Ali Rittenhouse‘s blog post on how you can send FB a message to request a change to that gawd awful name of your Facebook Page!
Requesting a Page Name Change on Facebook by Ali Rittenhouse
Finally, there is now a way to request for a new name on your pages on Facebook! For me, this was fabulous news that we have been waiting for because my current page name is “Alicia Rittenhouse, Geeky Virtual Assistant”. As you know, I have transitioned from a Virtual Assistant and so the name change is necessary in order to continue using this page. I have 598 fans on this page and would love to keep them! On Thursday evening, I requested…read the full post at Ali Rittenhouse
Alicia Rittenhouse is a marketing maven and tech whiz who teams up with women entrepreneurs to grow their online empires. She uses social media savvy and public relations power to establish a strong online presence and help entrepreneurs build buzz in their businesses – aliciarittenhouse.com.
Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Google+? LinkedIn?
Well I sure hope so, especially if you own a business. Facebook, and all other networking sites, are fast becoming an SEO must do! The recent reports show that search engines are tracking social signals from companies using social networking sites. In other words, if your site is not visible in the top social networks, you may NOT get the BEST results out of your current SEO efforts.
SO, what does this mean? Social Signals can now influence your first page search engine rankings.
What should you do?
- Increase your posting on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
- Start using Google+ (+1 your own blog posts and website pages)
- Make sure you have a share button at the bottom of each blog post (share your blog posts out to social and news websites)
Visit my Facebook Page and follow my Daily Online Marketing Tasks for encouragement and ideas
Virtually Savvy on Facebook
Their doing it again, Facebook has new changes coming out and I am sure they will randomly appear like they always do. Take a look at this up-to-date article for more info on the most prominent changes coming our way; but here is what you can expect.
Fewer buttons above the main status update box - There will be three options for posting an update: update status, add photo, ask questions. Link and video will disappear (you can add the link in the status box, like you can now).
Share becomes post – Let me just say UGH! That little SHARE button we see all over the internet is now going to be POST, really?
Personal profiles change, but what about business pages and places? – I am clueless as to what they are saying here, Duh!
Will location tagging open up the possibility for event and group tags? - This is something that every user will want to decide for themselves, should I tag myself HERE on the event or group page?
More localized Facebook search – OK now were talking progress, let’s work on localized search for biz FB, thank you!
Privacy limitations finally added for location - I am all for this one! I would like the option to share my place “check-in” with whom I want to and maybe not everybody and on my wall.
Go read the details, you want to be prepared because all of the sudden Facebook will look a little different to you and you will be one of those peeps saying “What just happened? Facebook looks weird again!”
If you have time, watch this video of Mark Zuckerburg and others, announcing the new personal messaging programs now available for use on Facebook to help us make a more personal connection with friends and family. No time to watch the video? Take a look at Mashables write-up to get the gist of it all…it’s really very cool stuff!
This is not a popularity contest people! The number of followers or likes is not nearly as important as who is following or liking. Do these people actually want to read your posts, are they watching for your posts in their newsfeeds, are they your TARGET client or customer? If you are a local retail store, you may have 300 – 600 likes and they are most likely people that actually walk into your shop. If you are a leading expert or a re-known leader you may have thousands, a service business may have less. Just try to keep in mind that this is not a popularity contest and you are not running for homecoming Queen or King, you want to attract followers that will listen and benefit from your posts. Build your following from your email list, connections on LinkedIn and Twitter, networking, through colleagues and friends; these people will promote your business to others they think might be interested in your business. Keep the posting consistent and relevant!
Don’t let the new Facebook changes make you crazy…it’s really not that hard to grasp, AND the changes, for the most part, are really very good for marketing your business and reaching your target market.
I have a new tip series going on my Facebook Page , take a look at my discoveries and best practices for building business and connecting, the right way, with your clients, customers, friends and potential customers on Facebook.
Facebook recently announced the next evolution of Messages. You decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Messages. They will receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time. You shouldn’t have to remember who prefers IM over email or worry about which technology to use. Simply choose their name and type a message.
They are also providing an @facebook.com email address to every person on Facebook who wants one. Now people can share with friends over email, whether they’re on Facebook or not. To be clear, Messages is not email. There are no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and you can send a message by hitting the Enter key. They modeled it more closely to chat and reduced the number of things you need to do to send a message. FB wanted to make this more like a conversation.
Facebook will be launching Messages and email addresses gradually and making it available to everyone over the next few months. Once you receive an invitation, you’ll be able to get started and also invite your friends to join you. To learn more, take a tour of Messages.
Are you getting the Weekly Facebook Update email for your business page every Monday? Just a quick FYI – it is not exactly accurate. If you happen to be using other platforms to post to FB, such as, the Networked Blogs feed, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck or other platforms, the statistics shown for wall posts this week only reflects the posts that are done right on your FB page in the “What’s on your mind” status box. So in my case, I needed to clarify this to my clients, some of whom never visit Facebook, and assure them that I am posting everyday, twice a day, from many different platforms. There are many other inaccuracies in this report, be sure and use Insights instead to see what is really happening on your page.
Just another public service announcement from “THE” Virtually Savvy girl!
Don’t know where to find Insights?
Account – Manage Pages – Go to page – Edit Page (under business profile pic) – Insights (graphs) be sure and click on View Old Page Insights to see much more.
Not getting the Weekly Facebook Page Update for your page?
Account – Account Settings – Notifications – Pages – Weekly Page Updates for Admins – check the box