Category Archives: Facebook in General

Is Facebook Serious About Bringing Us the Hashtag?


Facebook And HashtagsI read that Facebook is serious about bringing us the hashtag. Me?  I decided to have some fun with the idea so  I am being tongue in cheek in this blog but wait I could be on to something.

Many people use that little tic-tac-toe looking thing that lives over the number 3 on your keyboard.  I remember when it stood for “number” or “pound”.  Now it looks like it is going to migrate over from #Twitter (where it is a clickable little dude) to Facebook where it is not (yet).

Me, myself and I think it needs to migrate over because it will enhance the searching part of Facebook that up until the advent of Graph Search was just plain not very good.

Let’s look at what a hashtag actually does on #Twitter.

A hash tag simply gives people a way to search for tweets that have a common topic.It makes our #Twitter searches and lives easier.

Now I understand that there are Facebook users that have a problem with #Twitter because of the fact that #Twitter is a “real time” adventure in social media while Facebook is more of a social warm and fuzzy place to share memories.

#Twitter is where things are trending, they are not really trending on Facebook (yet).

Look at the hashtag from an advertising point of view – Madison Avenue uses them everywhere they can.  People use them on Facebook even though they have no meaning (yet).

They are popular, they win the contest of being the most popular symbol on social media hands down.

Then there is another symbol to think about and that is the $ sign.  Imagine if someone started using it as a way to alert us to common money-making ideas on #Twitter.  It might look like this:




This could be the next exciting shiny new object in social media marketing.

What do you think about the foray of the hashtag into the Facebook world? Please leave a comment below or use symbols.



What IS Facebook Doing Wrong?


Facebook LoserFacebook what are you doing wrong?  You just launched Graph Search and while it is a cool tool for the tech savvy users not everyone is admiring it due to the privacy issues that are piggy-backed to it.

Now you are coming out with a brand new Timeline which is set to clean up the look of being too cluttered and bring some sexiness to us with the streamlined appearance and the new photo displays.  I am sure the Instagram users will really like the fact that their photos are now going to be twice as big as before.

I teach Facebook classes at the local computer club and the people who come to learn are what we lovingly call “Senior Citizens”.  I don’t mind your changes, it gives me more to teach and talk about. However when I showed them Graph Search (and they will never understand the name) they all gave it a thumb’s down because the last thing they use Facebook for is a search engine.

Over the past several weeks I have been getting bored with what appears on my newsfeed and I do understand what it takes to get engagement with my friends.  In fact I have always been bothered by the fact that you, Facebook, have the “big brother is watching you” algorithm going for you.

I don’t think you were prepared for the fact that Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram (even though you own that one) were going to steal away the younger Facebook users.  I am guessing not too many of you were in scouting where being prepared is a way of life.

Pew Research Center recently reported that people are “suffering” with something called Facebook Fatigue.  As many as 61% of users have taken a hiatus for many reasons but boredom ranked high.

What are you going to do about this Facebook?

I am growing increasingly tired of you too.  I have customers who love being there so I write wonderful posts for them (shameless self-promotion statement) but it is discouraging to me that only about 16-19% of their fans see the posts.  I am discouraged that 16-19% see my updates.

You have lost that loving feeling Facebook and I am not sure you will find it again.



Does My Facebook Account Make Me Look Fat?


Does My Facebook Account Make Me Look Fat?

Let’s repeat that and ask yourself while standing in a mirror,  OK, here goes,  Does My Facebook Account Make Me Look Fat?  In other words is the number of “friends” you have weighing you down? Are you a friend hog?  Do you sniff around Facebook like a Truffle pig sniffs the ground looking for fungi.  Speaking of fungi do you have “friends” that really are fungi? truffle pig

Maybe it is time to put your Facebook account on a diet.  For one reason too many friends on Facebook can make your account more difficult to navigate.

Open your Facebook account, open the list of your friends and really take a good hard look at them and then start doing some liposuction on that list.  Come on, you know you have people there that you do not hear from, people whom you don’t care to hear from, people who bore you, people who annoy you.  Come on turn that liposuction machine on.

Can’t hit the switch?

OK let’s try a Facebook body wrap instead.  We all know body wraps are not permanent right?  You do know that right?

My definition of a Facebook body wrap is where you keep the friends but disengage in the posts.

You can do a mini-wrap by hiding posts that jam up your newsfeed.  You do this by looking at the post and to the right of the post is a drop down arrow where you can choose to hide the post. You can also report a post there as spam or worse – and that is a mini-wrap.

A full Facebook wrap is a little different.  Let’s say there is a particular person or 1000 particular persons you don’t want to hear from – this will take some time but it get’s the job done and your newsfeed will be much thinner while your number of friends will remain the same.

Using that same list of friends when you mouse over their name a larger box opens up and gives you two choices.  Friends and Message, mouse over friends and an entire list show up of possibilities.  If you choose settings you get multiple choices of mini-wraps that will slow down status updates or you can take the plunge and uncheck “show in newsfeed”.  Nothing is perfect, you may still have a sneaky fungi or a fat little jellybean slide in from time to time, but this will help.

fat little jellybean

PS – wait till we talk about apps and page likes……………….get that machine ready.