Facebook Hacks & Helps
Social Media News & Commentary by Mike McLaughlin December 6, 2011
Facebook Hacks & Helps
Social media consultants are always on the lookout for ways to make the most out of Facebook; along the way, there are bound to be a few unique tweaks that are able to add interest or enhance functionality. Today we are going to share a few of our favorite Facebook hacks…don’t worry, they are all legit and won’t land you into any trouble nor require a designer to re-engineer the page. These are perfect for the DIY enthusiast to grab a little extra attention by customizing content to your specific needs.
1. Tag – You’re it! Tagging friends in photo’s is pretty standard stuff these days but chances are you haven’t used tags for updates or comments. Begin using tag for updates and comments made to status updates to automatically notify connections, create additional interest and remain organized.
2. Ask Others – Every small business owner should know how to create a custom survey or poll for their own Facebook page. This is a terrific little tool that allows you to engage the audience, perform an impromptu evaluation or just acquire user feedback in a fast and timely manner. Search for it right above the status update box.
3. Upload MP3 – Facebook will embed an audio player into a standard link for any url that ends in .mp3 in order to allow users to listen without having to navigate to the host site.
Users are more likely to listen if the audio content is seamlessly integrated into the regular feed.
4. Add a Calendar – This little gem is possibly one of the most overlooked app’s out there; it allow small business owners to compile all their upcoming events in a single, easy to access place rather than requiring the creation of a separate facebook event page for each offering. To find the app visit facebook.com/socialcalendar and “add to My page”.
5. Keep a Secret – Once in awhile there is a need to either block an annoying user or keep information a secret while still communicating with others. Both are possible with just a tiny little edit. To notify a few individuals about an upcoming event or promotion without broadcasting it to the general public, click on the lock icon at the bottom of the editing box the specify who is eligible to view the updates. To block certain users from posting annoying comments, go to the privacy settings, hit the “customize settings” option and then set the “permission to comment on posts” to filter users before their comments go live.