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Social Media Tip of The Day – Sending Voice Messages Through the Facebook App

4 Mar

Just recently, the Facebook app for iOS was given the ability to record voice and within the mobile app, as well as Messenger’s voice messaging support and an improved Nearby tab.

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Voice messages originally showed up in the iOS and Android versions of Facebook’s Messenger apps, and later VoIP calling was added to those apps in the US and Canada. The voice messaging capabilities have come directly to the main Facebook apps for iOS as well. Sending a message in the app now gives you the ability to record a voice message  to send directly to the recipient, and also gives access to the camera to allow for still shots or video clips to be recorded and sent.

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The process is fairly simple and for those of us who are always looking for ways to save money, this could be another neat little trick. Facebook is known for rolling out updates very quietly; So quietly in fact that most people don’t notice the changes or how to make use of them. It is a bit ironic that the worlds largest social media platform has a problem communicating. LOL.

How Do You Send a Voice Message?  Here it is in step by step instructions 🙂

  1. Go to a conversation and tap + next to the box where you write a message
  2. Tap Record Voice
  3. Touch and hold the red record button and start speaking
  4. Release the record button and your message will send immediately

*To cancel your recording, slide your finger away from the record button before releasing.

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Send that special someone a quick a reminder of how much they mean. WeShareMedia encourages everyone to take full advantage of these wonderful new media perks.

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Social Media Tip of the Day – Properly Utilize “Secret Boards” on Pinterest

25 Feb

A couple of months ago Pinterest gave users the ability to create up to three Secret Boards. If you want to create a new secret board after your three slots are filled up, you’ll have to delete one. You only get to create three, although you can collaborate with others on a secret board and it won’t count towards your total.

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You can create a secret board in a couple of different ways. On the web, there is now a Secret Board box at the bottom of your profile. There’s also an option to make a board secret when you create a new one via the “Add+” tab. And finally, the Pinterest mobile app for iOS and Android, there is a “create secret board” button inside the boards tab in your profile.

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That’s the easy part. The hard part is finding the perfect uses for these secret boards. Luckily, you have access to an entire team of creative, social media experts! Or so we like to think 😉

Here’s a few suggestions to try out:

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Let’s say it’s a loved ones birthday and the person in question is a Pinterest user. You can invite family members and loved ones to pin onto the board with gift ideas, and party planning ideas. The secret board makes sense for any kind of event, really, from weddings to shower themes – even date night.

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Job related info.

Why bookmark when you can pin? What if you have a visual job and need a place to store all those great ideas? A Pinterest board makes so much more sense than a long list of bookmarked websites. #JustSayin

Travel guide

Some people don’t mind sharing the places they want to go and/or have been. But sometimes we want to keep the destinations a secret. Maybe you are planning a honeymoon. A private place filled with palm trees and blue ocean definitely doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Gift buying

Having a board for every person on your holiday list could be useful, but if you have a larger family it’s still a could place to hide pins that they’ve expressed an interest in. And if Santa uses Pinterest, this could change everything we know about making the list and checking it twice.

Only the best for our dear readers and clients. The WeShareMedia team continues to keep you in the know and grow your business’ internet presence, bigger & bigger, day after day.

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Facebook Bug Caused Misreporting on Page Insights for Months

23 Feb

Facebook announced today that it has discovered a number of bugs that impacted Page Insights impression and reach reporting. While trying to speed up its iOS and Android apps, Facebook accidentally stripped out too much data about news feed posts by Pages. This caused Page Insights to be misreported, leading admins to believe their posts reached fewer people than they actually did.

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Facebook is now in the process of fixing these bugs, but wants developers to know that the impact of said bugs will be different for every page. To see the results of the fixes and the impact the bugs had, Facebook recommends you check your page Insights on Monday after a weekend of bug fixing.

Facebook wrote that Ad Insights (the reports and feedback users receive after buying an ad or promotion to run on Facebook) were not affected by the same engineering bug that caused misreporting.

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Here’s how it happened:

After years of complaints that the native iPhone and Android apps were slow, Facebook released quicker versions in August and December.

In order to speed them up & transmit the minimum amount of information needed to display news feed stories. Facebook mistakenly stopped sending the markers that Page Insights used to count how many people saw each Page’s posts.

As users upgraded to the faster apps, their views of Page posts in those apps stopped being counted, and Page Insights showed admins were getting fewer feed impressions for their posts than they actually were.

Meanwhile a different bug, caused desktop news feed ads to be counted twice as both organic impressions and paid impressions. Between the two bugs, most Pages were seeing misreported data in Page Insights for months.

What does that mean?

Research has proven that the majority of users use Facebook from a mobile device, and so it’d be safe to say that the majority of users clicking through to different pages we’rent being counted.

This is a big deal for those of us who have clients whom we report to with their pages progress. This not so tiny mistake affected page administrators in a major way. We’ve trusted Facebook developers and engineers to provide us with honest analytics. The amount of ad revenue that the site has forced us to spend is well into the millions, so legit analytics isn’t to much to ask, right?

How are they fixing it?

Facebook expanded its Page Insights team (who had some explaining to do) and assemble a “war room” to work intensely until the bugs were fixed. For three weeks, 10 people worked exclusively out of the war room performing audits, bug fixes, more audits, and installing new monitoring systems to ensure Facebook would instantly catch any future Insights errors.

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Unfortunately, Facebook says that it won’t “be able to backfill Page Insights with historical data” as a result of the bugs mucking with its logging systems. Everything else should be working fine once the bugs are all fixed by Monday morning though.

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Facebook emphasizes that the bug did not affect actual delivery of information, just the feedback that Page managers might have seen. Once the stats are corrected, Page managers could see their total reach stay the same or increase, paid reach increase, and organic reach increase or decrease.

From an optimists point of view, the reality is that were getting more reach than we thought. The new data should be a relief rather than a downer.

Social Media Tip of The Day – Make Your Photos Helpful to Customers

20 Jan

Make your Photos Helpful to Customers

Use visual sharing opportunities to be helpful to your customers and clientele. “Being helpful” can mean any number of things. Wether it be sharing a photograph of a new sales rep, your building has had a recent addition, an amazing view or photo opp that come up from your place of business or combination thereof. Sharing photographs of products, services, and staff is helpful. You are visually showing your customers the who and what of your organization. When those customers come visit your business, they will already know who to ask for, and what they’re looking for, because you have already shared that information with them. Put those new Android or Iphone upgraded HD cameras to use and mentally justify what you spent on them 😉

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Facebook Times, They are a changin..

11 Jan

The only constant within Facebook is that it keeps changing. Just when you think you have figured out the interface to the world’s biggest social media site, the engineers update it……………. again.

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Much like the last big change with the original “Timeline”, complete with a cover photo and the ability to essentially “go back in time” and post landmark events….Lets call that “virtual time travel” There will be many more subtle changes and leaning closer to a custom look on everyones page. Which was the initial hesitation and gripe when people transitioned from the old myspace to Facebook…..remember when Facebook didn’t even have a “Like” button?

Facebook has a tendency to roll out updates to its service on a Wednesday. That suggests the rest of Facebook’s billion users will start seeing the change as the day progresses around the world. Here’s a handful we were able to track down.

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• Your posts will appear in a single wide column on the left side as opposed to being randomly split into two columns.

• The boxes near the top below your cover image will be replaced with a simpler, tabbed design.

• The new “collections manager” lets you drag to reorder your collections, so you can put maps and friends where you want them.

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• In a style thats not unlike Twitter, your subscribers, the people who subscribe to your public updates, are now called followers. Subscribers/followers are different than friends, and no changes to friends are apparent at this time.

The other easily noticeable change is that the “Relationship Status” has also disappeared from the  main information, perhaps to give more privacy to users.

Over 600 million people use their smartphones to stay on top of friends and Facebook says the mobile site has more users than the Android and Apple apps combined. Accordingly, Facebook created new versions of its official apps for Android  and Apple phones and revamped its mobile-optimized Web site, m.facebook.com, which works for most other smart phones.The most significant change to Facebook’s mobile apps is that the News Feed, the real-time stream of updates from your Facebook friends, now provides the same sorting options as the desktop version: Top Stories and Most Recent. We also noticed that your photos now have a “Make Profile Picture” option, so you do not need to go back to a full-sized computer.

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If their previous update routines serve as indicators, it will continue rolling out onto most people profiles across the globe as the next few days go by, but Facebook doesn’t usually comment before a design change, and there has been no official word from the company as to when the new and updated features will appear for everyone.

All of us at WeShareMedia make no secret about our excitement whenever a major platform rolls out changes, and always wanna go and mess around with it & find the ins and out of them. Looking for work arounds, unknown advantages and hopefully stumble on an undiscovered development feature. Keep us posted on newly discovered features and other newly released changes. Were likely to follow suit.

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