Why you should always ‘Like’ your own Facebook posts (article repost)

Facebook has made numerous changes to their user interface of late, and one of the most reviled changes of them all were changes to the news feed and the introduction of the Ticker.
Facebook logo

Now, instead of seeing all of your friends’ posts, you only see a selected few (selected by Facebook of course) showing up in your news feed. Under the new “Edge Rank” system, friends that don’t “Like” and comment on your posts usually stop seeing them altogether before too long.

In order to compensate for not showing your posts in some of your friends’ news feeds, Facebook added the ticker – a box in the right-hand column that lists the activities of your friends as they happen. This is where “Liking” your own posts comes into play.

When you “Like” a post, that action is noted in your friends’ ticker boxes, giving them a chance to at least be made aware that you have posted something even if it doesn’t show up in their news feeds.

Source: Why you should always ‘Like’ your own Facebook posts

Guilty Pleasure – Online Games

No Apology Needed for Playing Games Online

Is it bad to play games? We did it as children without apologizing; in fact, we were not only encouraged, but it’s well-known that engaging in physical and mental activities as kids is a necessary part of increasing our ability to learn and grow.

So, why not as adults? Whether it’s Worlds of Warcraft (WoW) or simple “mindless” games on Facebook, I give you permission, as I take it for myself, to play online. I believe that, just like kids, are minds need diversions from the routine of work and duties to continue learning and growing.

Like everything else, we need to temper play with responsibility and not let it become the new routine that consumes endless hours. It’s all about balance; and, if I feel guilty about playing online games, it’s that. It is too easy to play a game rather than write, or organize my publishing business or even network with others in the field. Too easy to fall into the imbalance of not taking care of things that make up our “offline” life!

Guilty pleasure? Maybe…but I make no apologies for whatever I choose to do, nor do I ask permission. Chime in if you have your own “confession” to make.


No Apologies

The Daily Post

What’s the one guilty pleasure you have that’s so good, you no longer feel guilty about it?

via No Apologies | The Daily Post.

Time after Time – Post Magic?

It’s been almost a month since I’ve had this much interest in my blog…Daily Prompt: Time after Time has pulled into many more new visitors and views.

Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views
Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views

My stats show that February 11th was my all-time best day for views. Almost all of those were from a cross-post I made in a group I belong to in Facebook on Free Ebook: Photography 101. Obviously, the nexus of “free” and a Facebook group that is interested in the topic was the magic-sauce, but that doesn’t happen often.

This was not the first time I’ve responded to a Daily Prompt, but I think that the combination here was the connection between time, family and traditions that was the “post magic” recipe. Filing under lessons learned and hopefully, I’ll be able to “cook up” more magical recipes for viewership!

Facebook Cheat Sheet for Marketers (#SEW)

Facebook Photo Sizes Cheat Sheet for Marketers:

Apps, Ads, Albums & More – Search Engine Watch (#SEW)

Smart marketers have known the way to a fan’s heart is through their eyes for some time, but significant changes to Facebook’s News Feed underscored the importance of visuals even further.

Facebook wants stories shared through their platform to be more vibrant, colorful, and ultimately more engaging. It seems they’re just following users’ lead; last year the social network shared their own research, which showed that posts including a photo album, picture, or video generate about 180 percent, 120 percent, and 100 percent more engagement, respectively.

Use this guide to help you improve the quality of images you upload and display on Facebook, by using the right dimensions, resolution, and features for the job.

Facebook Cover Photo

We’ll start with cover photos, the large banner image at the top of your company page. The minimum size accepted is 720 pixels wide but you may experience loss of quality.

The optimal image size for cover photos is 851 x 315 pixels. Start with a canvas of double that size – 1702 x 630 – for sharp, crisp images; Facebook will resize it and you’ll have the right dimensions.

Follow these dos and don’ts of cover images, directly from Facebook:

  • Do use a unique image to represent your page.
  • Do experiment with different images to see which gets the best response.
  • Do change up your image to highlight special events, seasonal trends, or other types of campaigns.
  • Don’t include any content that may be deceptive, misleading, infringe on anyone else’s copyright, or violate Facebook’s Pages Terms.
  • Don’t encourage people to upload your cover image to their personal Timeline.
  • Don’t make more than 20 percent of your cover image text.

Facebook relaxed their cover images guidelines as of March 6, 2013, adding the 20 percent text rule but easing up on their restriction on a call to action or contact information on the image.

Facebook also offers this helpful advice: To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that’s less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text content, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file.

The complete article availalbe via Facebook Photo Sizes Cheat Sheet for Marketers: Apps, Ads, Albums & More – Search Engine Watch (#SEW).

Facebook Pages More Useful Than Websites? [INFOGRAPHIC] :: Digital Marketer Blog

Infographic about the Like button on Facebook

Facebook infographic

A full 50% of consumers now say that a company’s Facebook Page is more useful than its actual website, according to a survey conducted by research company Lab42.

While I have some serious doubts about a Facebook Page being more useful in terms of consumer research, there’s no doubt that a brand page is essential. And I mean, ESSENTIAL… for reasons highlighted in the infographic below.

One of the reasons is of course, the because that’s what your customers expect reason — one of the most persuasive reasons. 87% of Facebook users Like brand pages, and the overwhelming majority of them think Facebook is a “good place to interact with brands.”

For marketers, it’s really a good news/bad news scenario. On the good side, Facebook is bursting at the seams with traffic, much of it relevant, and it’s a very inexpensive place to promote new products and offers. It’s a gargantuan pocket of traffic that is relevant because it has a tendency to self-select; FB users find you.

The downside is that, Facebook is a pretty restrictive environment for marketers and, of course, it’s not exactly a place where you can sell directly. It’s also a kinda tricky environment for promotions, since its not primarily a marketing channel.

via Facebook Pages More Useful Than Websites? [INFOGRAPHIC] :: Digital Marketer Blog.

Connect2U: Not Just Another Pretty Blog about Connecting to Each Other

This blog is about finding those connections, figuring out how to stay connected and making them stronger through social networking…connecting YOU to ME…personally, professionally, socially and spiritually.

In this crazy busy world we live in, we are finding new ways of connecting YOU to ME…personally, professionally, socially and spiritually.

This blog is about finding those connections, figuring out how to stay connected and making them stronger through social networking. Once we find that there is no separation between the people we know and those we don’t…we’ll find that we’re not so different after all. Stay tuned…follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn…and, newest…Vator.tv.

Let me know what you’re thinking about…or more important, how you’re feeling about your connection to yourself and others.