9 Facebook Tips To Keep You Engaged Online

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Let’s face it: there is just so much time in the day for you to be active online. MySpace, Digg, Reddit, Propeller, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, and others beckon, but when it comes to social media dominance Facebook rules with more than 300 million registered users.

FacebookLots of college students use Facebook, but in case you are new to it or have yet to sign up (could that be possible?!) there may some things you may not know about this huge social networking site. Then again, I’m only going to share with you nine tips so feel free to add your favorites in the comment section following while also providing a link back to your social media strategy or Facebook advice article.

1. Update Your Status – Because all conversations posted to your individual wall on Facebook are public, people will know how often you update your status. Nominally engaged users update their status every few days while more avid users update them much more frequently. Let people know what you’re thinking or doing; that’s all you need to do to stay active.

2. Hide Your Status – Inasmuch as many users want everyone to know when they’re online, you may want to hide your status from some people. Namely your parents. You can do this by clicking on Facebook’s chat icon located in the lower right hand corner of your web browser. A menu board will appear and give you the option to choose “go offline.”

Of course, now everyone thinks you’re offline (you are), but you can also pick and choose selectively. Go back to the chat section, click on Friends List, create a new list “Black List” and add your parents or anyone else to that list. Sorry, parents…your kids just don’t want you to know how much time they’re spending on Facebook or what they’re saying.

3. Schedule Facebook Messages – If you want to keep your Facebook status active without actually being on Facebook at certain dates and times, then use Sendible to schedule your updates. If you’re going away for the weekend or taking a trip and want to keep your status updated, Sendible allows you to schedule your updates on Facebook as well as with Twitter and MySpace.

4. Album Privacy – Recently, I became alarmed when a number of personal photos of a certain friend’s family members appeared for all the world to see on Facebook. I didn’t think that this user wanted everyone to see what they were sharing and I was right. Turns out that the Album Privacy setting should have been changed so that friends could see her pictures only. Click Profile > Photos > Album Name > Privacy. Choose from the list or customize your photos to allow only designated people to view.

5. Add Links – If you manage a blog and want to share something with your Facebook contacts, write a brief overview about a particular article and include a link to your post. I like it when people do this as I can keep up with blog updates without subscribing to feeds or getting other notifications.

6. Update Your Profile – Facebook profiles give you a chance to tell everyone a little bit about yourself. You can also check boxes to reveal your gender, city, birth date, and link(s) to your web site(s).

7. Join Groups – Meet people who share similar interests by joining groups. Lurk, read posts, contribute, and get involved. Just as with message board communities you know to avoid flaming, stay away from trolls, offer your assistance, be a friend.

8. Market Yourself – I won’t get into all of the specifics of personal branding here, but Facebook is a very good place to connect with clients, employers and business peers. That means carefully marketing yourself by presenting information about you that you won’t regret later on. Employers will often send their social media professionals to hunt down information about you posted online; keep your Facebook profile clean and professional as part of your personal marketing campaign.

9. Delete Your Account – Perhaps you want to delete your Facebook account either to start over again or to move on to something else. Facebook gives you two choices here: deactivation or deletion. Deactivation will remove you from the Facebook network, but this method will store your profile information, friends, photos, interests, and more. This can be a good option for the person who wants to take a break from Facebook, but may be interested in returning later on. If you reactivate your account, everything will look the same as before.

Account deletion is final and removes everything related to your profile permanently. Some users say that Facebook gives people up to two weeks to change their minds after submitting a deletion request, but once everything is final on Facebook’s end, then your information will be gone forever. Perhaps deactivating your account first is the best approach followed by deletion if you decide that you no longer want to stay with Facebook.

That’s A Wrap!

So, that’s it! We’ll be following this post up down the road with some additional Facebook tips including interviews with active users and the strategies they use on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Adv. — For help establishing a web presence or to expand your current online business, please contact Krayton M Davis of nBuy Associates for assistance:

T: 804.527.1103
E: kdavis@nbuy.com
W: www.nBuy.com

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