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#Lethbridge Training Date Changed – Timeline for Pages

Mar 12, 2012   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Business Training, Facebook, Social Media for Business  //  Comments Off on #Lethbridge Training Date Changed – Timeline for Pages

With the upcoming changes to Facebook Pages, effective March 30th, we’re hosting a training session to help make the switch from the old format to the new Timeline format. We had originally scheduled the training for this coming Thursday, March 15th, but we’ve moved it back to March 29th. The information on how best to use the new Timeline format is still coming out every day, and we want to be sure to provide the most complete and helpful information possible BEFORE everything is automatically converted.

The training session on Thursday, March 29th will include 2 parts:

  • 1:00-2:30pm – Information Session: How to make the switch from Old format to new Timeline for Pages including strategies for how to use the new format.
  • 2:30-4pm – Basic Technical Help Session: we will be available to help you make the transition on your page.

Bring your laptop to follow along during the Information Session, and to start the process of converting to the New Timeline format during the Basic Technical Help Session.

All Facebook Pages will convert to Timeline on March 30th, 2012.

Are you ready?

Full Event Details at our Off the Wall Social Facebook Page: NEW Timeline for Facebook Pages – What you need to know to make the switch!

We look forward to seeing you there! Read more >>

New Facebook Timeline for Pages Cover Photo Restrictions

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Facebook  //  6 Comments

WOW! There have been some BIG changes with Facebook in the last 4 days.

One set of changes that I want to highlight for you quickly is the Timeline for Pages Cover Photo Restrictions.

There are several posts up already from some of the real Facebook Experts, like Mari Smith, and I’m going to share what I’ve gleaned from their posts and from the Facebook Pages Guidelines.

NEW Page Timeline Cover Photo restrictions:

Facebook Cover Photo Upload MessageCover photo  images must be at least 399 pixels, and can be any size larger than that,  but only 850px by 315px will be included in the cover photo area.  The cover photo can be dragged to reposition once it’s uploaded if it’s bigger than 850px by 315px.  Timeline for Pages Cover Photos may NOT contain the following:

  • Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”.
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address, etc., or other information intended for your Page’s About section.
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features.
  • Calls to action of any kind, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends” or “Like our Page”.

Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property. You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines. Read more >>

Some Important News Feed Tips for the New New Facebook

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Facebook  //  3 Comments

It seems almost silly to ask if you’ve noticed the changes happening on Facebook. It is definitely the hottest topic of conversation all over the web, so I’m sure you’ve seen the updates and may be wondering about a few of the new things.

While I’m still getting a handle on ALL of the things going on with the new Facebook updates, I can give you a bit of information on what I do know now, hopefully before more changes take place!

How Many and What Types of Updates
Facebook: How Many and What Types of Updates (click for larger image)

With the new changes on Facebook News Feeds, you can ‘curate’ or collect the kinds of information that you want to see from your friends. One thing you can do for anyone in your friend list is this: hover  over (hold your mouse over without clicking) your friend’s name, anywhere you see it on Facebook and some SUBSCRIBE options will appear. If you are on the News Feed, wait for the box to load and then hover over the “Subscribe” link (even if you’re already subscribed, as then it will say “Subscribed”). Then uncheck the “Comments and Likes” choice and “Games” or other things you might not like to see from their activity. Most people would rather their comments on friends’ posts not be made public. You can customize this setting for each of your friends.

Facebook Ticker
Options even available from the Facebook Ticker (click for larger image)

These settings are also available directly from the Ticker (mini-feed) in the upper right of your News Feed page.  Again, hover over anybody’s name in blue (as a link), and from there you can select HOW MANY of their updates you want to receive (All Updates, Most Updates, or Only Important) AND you can also select WHAT TYPES of updates, turning off “Likes and Comments” or whatever else you’d rather not see (as mentioned above). As far as I can tell, this will effect both the Ticker and the main News Feed.

Facebook Newsfeed Subscribe Options
Facebook News Feed Subscribe Options (click for larger image)

You can also decide what you see as Top Stories in your news feed and what you don’t want to see at all. For PEOPLE, you’ll notice a “V” where the “*” or “X” used to be beside their post in your News Feed. Click that “V” and you can choose how much of that person’s activity you want to see. You can also choose if that particular kind of activity is something you consider to be a Top Story. Essentially, if you take the time to make your selections carefully, you have the ability to be in almost complete control of your News Feed.

Do you appreciate seeing posts from your favorite pages in your News Feed? With the changes that Facebook has already made and those still to be released, the way Page Updates show in your News Feed is also changing. You will only be seeing updates from pages that you interact with on a regular basis, or have interacted with recently.

If you can’t see your favorite PAGES’ posts in your News Feed, go to that page, LIKE something on that page, and then you SHOULD see it in yours News Feed. Read more >>

Are you missing news from your Facebook friends?

Aug 19, 2011   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Facebook  //  Comments Off on Are you missing news from your Facebook friends?

Did you know that you might be missing out on news, updates, videos, and photos being shared by your friends? It might be happening, and you have been completely unaware if it!

This might be old news for some, but I know there are others who may never have heard about some special settings in Facebook that allow you to customize the news you get from your friends and pages within Facebook.

The News Feed on your Facebook account includes 2 different kinds of information.  You will notice on the top right of the News Feed column that there’s an option to choose Top News or Most Recent.

Facebook News Feed

The default view, when you log into Facebook, is “Top News“.  This view will show you the most active items, the updates commented on the most, or the activity receiving the most ‘likes’. In short, this view shows what Facebook things is most relevant, or most likely to keep conversation going.

To see more of what is going on, and to see what your friends have posted most recently, you’ll want to click on “Most Recent“.  This version of the news feed will show you, in reverse chronological order (newest at the top), the things your friends are currently sharing about, or have most recently shared about.

The problem is that even in this mode, Facebook is still filtering what you see, unless you have changed your settings.

In order to see all content from all of your friends, and the pages you have liked within Facebook, you need to edit some options. Read more >>

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