Written: August 16, 2016

Facebook left side

Facebook Just Changed Pages and Groups, Ugh

I’ve been a daily user of Facebook for years, primarily at the start just for keeping in touch with family, relatives, classmates and friends at church. As time progressed I started using and creating a Page for my web business and Groups for my personal interests. So one thing I do every morning is look at the left side of my Facebook browser window and scan for new posts on my Pages or Groups, but all of a sudden this morning this info was totally missing from Facebook.

Facebook left side

Instead of the very familiar Pages and Groups, now I have something called Shortcuts which isn’t what I want to use at all. It’s so frustrating to use and learn a UI like Facebook only to wake up to a change when nothing was broken before, so it really didn’t need fixing. Instead of instantly seeing my Pages and Groups, now I have to click in the upper-right on the Settings icon:

Facebook settings

From this Settings menu I can see the two things that really interest me:

Of course, this requires me to perform two clicks instead of one click, decreasing my efficiency. Clicking on Manage Pages shows me:

Facebook manage pages

Clicking on Manage Groups show me:

Facebook manage groups

What Facebook really needs to do is allow me to define what I want to show under Shortcuts, which would be a list of my Pages and Groups, just like I had before the change last night.

Big note to Facebook, don’t change my left sidebar without giving me the option to keep it the same way it was. As my dad always taught me, “Son, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Facebook email

Thank You Facebook Security

Each morning after breakfast I start my work day by reading email messages to see what needs my attention or is urgent. This security message from Facebook stood out right away as something that I should look into right away:

Facebook email

The return address was from security@facebook.com, they knew my first name, the English was proper, the message made sense, and the link they wanted me to click was legitimate, https://www.facebook.com/login/. I certainly didn’t try to login to Facebook at 3:24AM using the Firefox browser on Windows 8, because my default browser is Google Chrome on Mac OS X.

Once I visited the login page I was greeted with a dialog telling me that my Facebook account was temporarily locked:

Your account is locked

The next dialog asked if I had tried to login on Facebook from South Korea, so I replied No. The third dialog let me know that my account needed to be kept secure:

Keep your account secure

They asked me to provide a new password:

change your password

New password accepted, so now I’m all set:

You're all set

Summary

The security folks at Facebook automatically noticed that someone was trying to login to my account from South Korea, which they blocked, and then for added security Facebook locked my account until I could respond to their email request to login and answer questions about my login history. I feel protected by Facebook and am quite happy to reset my password and continue using Facebook today. I did quickly look at my Facebook feed to double check that nothing had been posted as me by another person, and found the feed to be all safe. What a happy ending to the story.

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Tualatin VFW on Facebook

Managing Facebook for Your Business

I use Facebook every day for both personal and business use, and recently saw something odd on a business page that I manage for the Tualatin VFW. It turns out that visitors can use Facebook to check-in to your business from a mobile device when GPS is turned on, and that is exactly what a visitor did, they checked-in at the Tualatin VFW and left a link to a YouTube video. Somehow, when you clicked that YouTube video link it redirected me to a pornographic web page instead. Big surprise.

Tualatin VFW on Facebook

 

As an Admin for that Facebook page I was shocked to find such an offensive link, and then went back into Facebook, located the offensive check-in with link, clicked in the upper-right hand corner and selected: Report post

Report Post on Facebook

 

Within several hours of reporting this offensive post with link, I did receive confirmation from Facebook that they have indeed removed that post from our Page:

Facebook reply after removing an offensive post

 

The final confirmation from Facebook was a notification of what happened, and their action to remove the offensive post:

Facebook confirmation

If you ever see a Post show up on your Facebook Page and it is offensive, or contains a link to offensive content, then please go ahead and report that post so that Facebook will remove it. The last thing that you want is for visitors to your Facebook Page to be offended.

This is kind of a rare occurrence because this is the first time it’s happened to me after using Facebook Pages for years. It may be that this person who posted the offensive link had his Facebook account hacked, and that the thieves were really at fault here. In either case I have acted quickly to remove the offensive content.

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New Facebook App called Paper

Last week I read glowing news about this new App from Facebook called Paper that was somehow supposed to change my life for the better. Time newspaper called Paper, “The Future of Facebook”. Here’s what Paper looks like on an iPhone:

So Paper has a vertical orientation and lets you scroll through Facebook news in the bottom half by swiping left or right. On the top are major news categories that you can scroll through, which then changes the articles that show in the bottom half. Facebook has pre-defined news categories for you to choose from, however you cannot add your own personal categories which is a huge limitation for me.

Being curious, I downloaded the app to my iPad3 and was instantly shocked that this app only works in the vertical orientation, not at all in the landscape orientation which I use my iPad for 100% of the time. So Paper is worthless to me on the iPad, end of story, epic design fail for Facebook:

Paper by Facebook

 

It’s really difficult for me to imagine an App being released in 2014 by a major technology company that is limited to vertical orientation only.

A Trademark lawsuit has already been filed by FiftyThree against Facebook for using the name “Paper”. Not only did Facebook fail on the app orientation, they lacked enough creativity in naming the crippled app.

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New Facebook Timeline = Google+

I try just about every social media at least for a week or so, just to see how it feels and to learn something new every day. Well, today Facebook launched a new timeline and instantly I had deja vu, because I’ve already been using Google+ and it appears that Facebook copied the Google+ look. Enough talk, here’s a comparison and you can decide:

 

The similarities:

 

“Imitation is a kind of artless flattery.”

Joseph Addison, 1776

From a user perspective I find that more of my high-tech, geeky, Google-loving friends and professionals are attracted to Google+. My personal friends and family tend to be using Facebook. There you have it, both social media channels will continue to grow, innovate, imitate, and on occasion innovate.

If you want a visual treat, then give Google+ a try on your iPad or Android tablet, it is gorgeous with how the images are positioned on the display.

iPad version of Google+

iPad version of Google+

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Integrating your Web Site, Blog and Facebook

There are so many ways that a client or prospect will discover your business, become aware, get interested, then finally decided to take action and phone or email you. If you communicate with a web site, blog and Facebook, then consider integrating all three to maximize your marketing impact.

Let’s take a look at what Nancy Emerson did with her surfing business. Her web site is www.surfclinics.com and at the top we added icons and links to both Twitter and Facebook:

Next, we actually embed a Facebook badge on the Home page, so that web visitors can see what’s being shared on Facebook:

Finally, on the Home page we embed her top four blog Posts:

We built Nancy’s web site with WordPress which has excellent support for blogging, so there’s a menu called Blog where you can read the most recent blog posts or search for words in any blog.

 

In Facebook you can install a free app that will automatically publish your Blog post on your Facebook page, this allows you two write the blog once then have it appear both on your web site and on Facebook. There are many Facebook apps that do this: RSS Graffiti, Social RSS.

Facebook update

 

You can even have your blog posts automatically Tweet using a free site called TwitterFeed.

I do the same thing on my web site, where I can write one blog post then have it show up on my:

The more ways that a client or prospect can read about your business, the better it is for your business.

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Removing SimCity Social from Facebook

I use Facebook every day in my business and personal life with great results, however I don’t like to see a dozen requests per day to play SimCity Social. Normally I would just hover my mouse over the invite and Remove it, but SimCity Social will not go away quite so easily. Here’s a video on how to remove SimCity Social requests once and for all:


That’s it. You will never again be spammed in Facebook by SimCity Social.
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From Blog to Facebook Automatically

Like 500 million other people I also have a Facebook account.
What I wanted was a way for my Blog posts to show up on my Facebook Fan page. What I found was this wonderful free Facebook App called RSS Graffiti that did this perfectly.
Here’s a post written on my photography blog:

In about 30 minutes after blogging this post it shows up on my Facebook Fan page automatically:

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Customizing a Facebook Fan Badge

Facebook is such a huge social platform at the moment that I just had to setup my own fan page. So now the question became, “How do I let people know about my fan page?”
The folks at Facebook have a method to create a badge for you fan page and this is the code they produced for a client site earlier this week:

<script src="http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/connect.php/en_US" type="text/javascript">script>
<script type="text/javascript">FB.init("be352ef31b466ca882aebfb3f8f6e0aa");script>
<fb:fan profile_id="387527625756" stream="1" connections="8" logobar="1" width="240">fb:fan>
<div style="font-size: 8px; padding-left: 10px;">
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tualatin-OR/VFW-Post-3452/387527625756">VFW Post 3452a> on Facebookdiv>
div>

My issue with this is that it doesn't pass the official validator for HTML: http://validator.w3.org/
More searching revealed that I had to use an iframe instead of Javascript code, so this is the approach that passes HTML validator:
 
 The end result is embedded here:
 
   
The iframe uses a CSS file for styling to fit my site:
 
@charset "utf-8";
/* FB Fan Rev 2 */

.fan_box
.full_widget
.connect_top {
border: 1px solid #f1592a;
background-color: #ffffff;
}
.fan_box
.full_widget {
border: none;
}
.connect_top a {
color: #f1592a;
}
.connect_top a:hover {
color: #000000;
}
.fan_box
.connections {
background-color: #ffffff;
border: none;
color: #000000;
}
.fan_box
.connections_grid
.grid_item
.name {
color: #000000;
}
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Facebook Fan Page

I decided to add a Facebook Fan Page to my list of social media today:

Come on by and let’s get caught up a bit.

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One response to “Facebook Fan Page”

  1. Laurence Cossel says:

    Thanks so much for an informative blog. I’ve been looking for this type of information for some time now.

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