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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.

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