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Facebook Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes its News Feed

8 Mar

Facebook today is rolling out a rad new redesign of its News Feed. This redesign is the biggest since it launched back in 2006. The new news feed represents the first major overhaul of Facebook’s core service since the launch of the Facebook Timeline at the end of 2011.

The giant social network plans to unveil the redesign at a press conference at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. “The news feed is one of the most important things we’ve built,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the press event. Likening news feed to “the most personalized newspaper,” Zuckerberg added that “the stories around you deserve to be displayed with more than just text.”

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The redesign will reportedly give users new ways to catch up with what friends are doing, such as sorting through photos they share or music they are listening to. Right now users can only sort the News Feed by “Top Stories” or “Most Recent.” The changes address a frequent complaint from users that they have too little control over what appears in their News Feed.

The new news feed features three major components:

  • Bigger Images
  • Multiple Feeds
  • Mobile Consistency

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Users can subscribe to different types of feeds, including feeds from all friends, close friends, music, photos, games and those who a user “follows.” For those who hate how Facebook sorts news feed content, a chronological view is now available.

Facebook claims that the average user spends 22 minutes on the site each day. One of the primary goals of the new look is to entice people to stick around longer.

Currently, the News Feed is crowded with friends, businesses and celebrities you “like” all competing for your attention. It’s visual progress, that’s for sure—Facebook has done great work sweeping away a lot of what developers call “chrome” (buttons, scroll bars, navigational detritus). What’s left is the stuff you ostensibly care about. And that stuff looks swell, making the web version of Facebook match the mobile version almost perfectly.

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Facebook is splitting up the feed into subcategories—Music, Photos, Games, Friends—so that you’re not suffocated with information. Or at least suffocated at a slower, more comfortable rate.

There will be a section of the new News Feed dedicated to pages that users have liked. It’s fair to assume that the users who have liked your Facebook page are at least peripherally interested in your products and services.

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Photo albums will also be bigger with more thumbnails giving you an easier view of what your friends actually did, and where. It began rolling out yesterday…………..slowly, like everything Facebook debuts. Keep refreshing, engaging & sharing. Make sure to start taking photos worth seeing in larger formats 😉

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Social Media Tip of The Day – Getting Your Instagram Profile More Exposure

6 Mar

After having released a desktop version of the popular photo editing & sharing app Instagram, there’s new things to take into consideration. Previously, the Instagram website only let users edit their account information. But all that changed with the recent introduction of web profiles.

The new profiles act as extensions of the Instagram mobile app, with users now being able to comment, follow, like and view other photos from a desktop. Brands, marketers and regular users can use these web profiles to encourage engagement and interaction outside of the mobile app.

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Community managers will want to use the new web profiles in conjunction with the Instagram mobile app to further enhance a profiles web presence.

While many features from the mobile app haven’t yet made their way to the web, Instagram web profiles do offer a decent amount of nice features, such as:

  • A cover collage at the top of your profile that features a rotating selection of your Instagram photos.
  • Follow and Unfollow buttons.
  • Your profile biography.
  • A website URL of your choosing.
  • Your account’s number of photos, as well as follower and following counts.
  • An infinite-scroll timeline of your photos, separated by month.
  • A section where you can manage applications that have been given permission to access your Instagram account.
  • Badges, which you can use to link to and promote your web profile.

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The Instagram web profiles do come with some draw backs, they are lacking in certain areas when compared to the mobile app.

  • There’s no search. Searching for hashtags and specific users isn’t available. Although usernames are links that allow you to hop from profile to profile.
  • Twitter-like hashtags are the best way to get your Instagram photos seen on the mobile app, but their use is disabled with web profiles. You’ll still see them in photo descriptions and comments, but they aren’t links.
  • You can’t see follower lists. Even though web profiles display follower and following counts, users are unable to see exactly which users these are.
  • Photo maps aren’t available. Many Instagram users geo-tag their photos using the mobile app, but you won’t find these maps anywhere on the web. Although geo-tag information is shown within photos.
  • There’s no Popular page. If you like seeing the photos on Instagram that are drawing the most attention, you’ll have to return to the mobile app.

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With over 100 million users on Instagram, if your branded or personal account is one of them, then you’ll want to maximize and utilize your account’s new web profile the right away.

Start off by installing an Instagram badge on your main website. Instagram recently rolled out badges for users to promote web profiles. From the full site, pick the badge you’d like, then simply copy the automatically generated code and paste it on your website or blog. The badge will link back to your account’s web profile.

Verify your privacy settings. According to Instagram, if you have a private profile, your photos will only be visible to logged-in followers you’ve approved. This also means that only those followers can comment and like your photos on the web. It should also be mentioned that search engines are not allowed to index Instagram photos—whether your account is private or not.

Make sure you’ve added your main sites link on your profile. Not only does adding a link increase visibility for your website, it also provides SEO value, even though it’s a no-follow link, it still sends a signal to search engines.

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Lastly and most importantly, recognize the increased importance of those image links.  Images from Instagram used to appear within tweets until Instagram recently removed support for Twitter cards. (Sad Panda Bear) This means that Twitter users will be clicking these Instagram image links, and lead them directly to the Instagram web profiles.

Besides Twitter, other people will find their way to the web profiles using these image links when Instagram images are shared to Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr and even through email.

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Social Media Tip of The Day – Keep Your Twitter Followers Engaged

26 Jan

Social Media Tip of The Day – Keeping Your Twitter Followers Engaged

After finding what method or combination of methods, worked best for you to start gaining followers on Twitter. You have to reach out to them and keep them engaged in conversation.

That doesn’t mean to just leave a bunch of open-ended questions. You have to delve deeper and get to know your followers a little more, even if it is thousands of people. You already know they have at least one thing in common, they’re following you. The biggest mistake companies tend to make, is making their twitter feed constant self promotion. Nobody wants to follow a twitter account that just promotes itself all day, everyday.

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Twitter is becoming more & more mainstream and integrated into people’s lives. It’s become one of our daily ritualistic acts. It’s now becoming evident for companies that your presence on Twitter is ever-changing and getting more important, both for brands and individuals.

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Heres some Twitter tips & tricks to strengthen your influence and keep your followers engaged in 2013.

Get your story straight

  • Tell your story through multiple platforms. Each platform strengthens the other, creating a total story/experience.
  • Get visual with videos or Instagram and tell your story across the different platforms.
  • Today’s connected generation already uses these multiple platforms in coherence to get their information. Use these platforms in the same way as your audience.

Keep it real

  • Twitter rules and etiquette are unwritten, but ever present. Don’t try to overcompensate the story you want to tell via your Twitter account.
  • Keep it personal and real, your followers aren’t stupid. They know there’s a person behind that name and that’s why conversation is king. Your followers make up who you are as a brand or business, GET TO KNOW THEM.

Get ready for the weekend

  • Get on a personal level with your followers. You’ve got to get ready to be tweeting on the weekend. Twitter engagement rates for brands are about 17 percent higher on weekends compared to weekdays.
  • Your Twitter efforts will not be less effective Monday through Friday, but the weekend is the perfect time to get your story out in the Twittersphere.

Sharing is caring

  • Share other peoples tweets and content that are not necessarily related to your business or what you do as a person.
  • Twitter is all about learning and discovering new things and sharing those things with your community.
  • Share new and interesting content that way you’ll see more of your followers engage with you

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