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Do you want all of your Facebook friends to have your cell number? October 11, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 12:12 pm
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What about giving your phone numbers to all of your Facebook friends’ friends?

(Bryan Bliss told this to my Facebook friend Chris Brogan. When he posted it, I checked it out, and it’s true so now I’m telling you.)

In case, you’d prefer that all of your Facebook friends not have access to your private phone number read this article.

What happened?
Facebook just published your private cell number.

Two responses are very appropriate here.

Response #1: COOL! How do I see all of my friends phone numbers?

  1. Go to top right of your screen
  2. Click “Account”
  3. Then “Edit Friends”
  4. Go to left side of your screen…and click  “Phonebook”.

Everyone’s phone numbers are now being published unless they have adjusted their privacy settings to prevent this.
Please let your friends know this is happening so they can adjust their settings and stay in control of their privacy.

Response #2: HELP! How do I adjust my phone information privacy settings in Facebook?

  1. Go to top right of your screen
  2. Click “Account”
  3. Go click on “Privacy Settings”
  4. Click on the “Customize Settings”
  5. Then scroll down to see your settings and you can set this information what you click the down arrow next to the option you want to edit.
  6. Click on “Customize”
  7. You can set this information to be seen by “Only Me” and keep it completely private if you wish.

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Facebook Fan Page Tips for Local Business Owners August 27, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking — kena-virtuallyassistingyou @ 1:42 pm
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As the popularity continues to grow for Facebook Fan Pages, so does the local business’s need for creating one.  But, what are you doing with it?  Within the last two months, I’ve seen a huge number of local Facebook Fan Pages/Business pages being created and they are suggesting for all the locals join.  Here’s the problem – they are updated consistently for about a week and then they pretty much “just sit there” with no updated content.

If you’re a local business owner and you’ve created a page you should be updating this page on a regular basis.  Here are some ideas on how to do that.

–          Create specials

–          Create contests  (this will help to add fans or people to like the page)

–           Find interesting industry related articles (even if you didn’t write them)

–          Start the mornings off with a motivational or inspirational quote

–          Get a strategy

–          Create a blog (to post to your fan page)

–          Add content that will increase page interaction

If you are a gym or fitness club, posting interesting articles like this one Yoga could ward off certain diseases (if this is a service you offer) is a great way to keep fans interested and coming back for more. Posting intriguing & valuable information is why people are there – so give it to them.  Here’s one for an auto mechanic – Best Ways to Keep Your Car Running.

Tons of information regarding your industry can be found online to use for posting and updates.

These are just a few ideas to populate your page and add fans/likes.  Keep your content fresh & updated daily.  There are plenty of third party applications to help you schedule content if you can’t be right there to do it daily.

–          Social Oomph

–          Hootsuite

–          Ping

These are just some ideas, but there are more sites available as well.  However, if you do need to schedule post, it’s very important that you interact with your fans as well.  If you’re constantly scheduling updates with no follow-up your fans are going to lose interest and un-like your page.

Another good marketing tool when having a fan page is to tag some of your friends that are not fans yet. Let them know you appreciate them stopping by today or that it was nice seeing them at the grocery store while you were picking up supplies or whatever it may be that you were doing.

How’s that for a start for you local fan page owners?  Now get out there and start using your fan page to Market and GROW!

 

Add a Facebook Like Button to Your Website or Blog May 17, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking,Web and Blog Site Tips — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 2:17 pm
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This is a beginner’s tutorial and does not include information on how to add/edit your meta data in the html head tags. Adding the meta tags are not a necessity to add the like plug in to your website. – If that makes no sense to you, then you are in the right place!

This post will show you how to get the custom code for your site and how you may want to put it on your site. There are two ways to create the code for your website.

Continue reading: Add a Facebook Like Button to Your Website or Blog

 

Social Media: Leading Children to Suicide May 3, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Social Networking — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 12:30 am
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Look at these faces. Aren’t they beautiful? You can’t help but wonder, “What could a young, attractive teen like you have to be sad about?” The following photos are those of real teens who committed suicide after struggling with a vicious epidemic called cyber-bullying.

 

Ryan Halligan, age 13
Died: October 7, 2003
humiliated and back-stabbed via AOL instant messenger

Megan Meier, age 13
Died: October 17, 2006
betrayed & verbally abused by a friend’s parent who got on MySpace pretending to be a 16 year old boy?!

Phoebe Prince, age 15
Died: January 14, 2010
harassed via text messaging and Facebook

Alexis Pilkington age 17
Died: March 25, 2010
cyber-bullied on Facebook and formspring.me
 

Continue reading: The Dark Side of Social Media

 

Who’s Your Expert? April 30, 2010

If you’re like me, being in the Social Media atmosphere you’ll find someone, or maybe a couple of someone’s to follow and “learn” from. Maybe you follow them to see what their next move is, or simply like what they’re doing and how they’re using Social Media.

One thing that keeps my interest is when the experts keep it real.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with two very special Social Media Experts that have so much to offer. Both of these gentlemen are genuinely interested in others, as well. Their business is built on relationships – and it shows. They have definitely learned the ways of Social Media.  I’ve seen with my own eyes how huge an asset they are to their clients, whether it be Corporations or the Small Business owners.  Each of these individuals know how to take the Social Media experience to higher grounds.

Here are my two favorite Social Media “someone’s”:

 Nathan Kievman:  Founder & CEO of DemingHill, a leading Corporate Social Media Consulting & Marketing Firm.  DemingHill is a consortium of the top thought leaders in each of the core disciplines of Social Media.  Nathan is a LinkedIn wizard and knows his stuff when it comes to Social Media.  He takes the time to build relationships and connect with others.  Just the other day, during a phone conference, Nathan asked “How are you – is everything going ok for you?” and took the time to listen to what I had to say.  Those moments are very rare in this day and age.

 Ted Prodromou: Founder and CEO at NetBizExpert. Specialties include – Internet marketing strategies, search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, website traffic generation, online sales and marketing, web analytics and maximizing website ROI.  Like Nathan, Ted is also interested in others and knows how to build relationships.  Although we speak frequently, if a few days go by I’m sure to find a DM (Direct Message on Twitter) from Ted saying something like “Hello, How are you – keeping busy? ”

Although a lot of people do it…NOT just anyone can call themselves an expert.  I know everyone has their own opinions, but these are my Social Media experts whom I learn something from each and every day.  These acts of genuine interest from Ted and Nathan aren’t just with me.  They are with almost everyone they come into contact with.  I see it every day on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.  Both of these awesome experts have something unique to offer in terms of bringing Social Media to a whole new level.  As we all know, taking the time to build relationships is the key to building your business

So, here’s a little about who I consider experts…Who’s your expert? Who do you follow that is generally interested in you or their followers?

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Slow the Information Overload on Facebook March 29, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking,Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 2:44 pm
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There has been much talk lately among virtual assistants regarding “information overload” and many of us battle issues like adult ADD (attention deficit disorder). Nowadays, if we don’t write our articles and emails with enough bullet points and well structured headlines, our readers miss important details.

If you are like me and most of my Facebook friends, you do a lot of work and play on Facebook. This article should help you weed out some of the junk in your news feed that doesn’t interest you.

First, I must make a confession: “I heart Farmville.” The fact that it’s a game of “make-believe” that really and truly provides no real benefit should queue me in on the fact that it’s really not worth playing at all. However, I play it almost every night, and I play it with my mom and about 30 ladies I used to go to church with as a child. It’s a fun way for me to stay connected.

In case you have friends like me, you can easily hide “Farmville” or “My Daily Luck” updates from constantly popping up in your news feeds.

Here’s How to Hide Some Unwanted Info from Popping Up in Your News Feed

1. See an app update from your friend that you don’t care to see anymore.

2. Hover over your friend’s post on your news feed until you see the word “Hide” in the right corner of the feed.

3. Click on “Hide Farmville” or “Hide Cafe’ World” or whatever.

4. Make sure you don’t accidentally hide your friend’s feeds! You might miss pictures or links that interest you too.

Use these links in case you:

You may need to be logged in to Facebook for these links to work properly.

My point is to encourage the use of these features of Facebook. It’s not being rude or uncaring. They are here to help us make sure we are getting the information we do want and cutting out the information we don’t want.

 

Pleasantly Using Social Media March 19, 2010

Upon logging into Facebook after my lunch break to check updates and read up on all my favorite pages, I noticed a very rude and nasty post on my profile page.  Yes, on MY profile page!  The post was not something I would want a client, let alone my mother or any other family member to see.

One thing I always try to do when using social networking sites and life in general is: BE PLEASANT!  If I don’t agree with or like a post on Facebook or Twitter, I ignore it.  Simply move on.  I did, however, take the time to remove this post from my wall and then un-friended this person.  I don’t want that kind of trash on my wall or anywhere else in my Social Media happenings.  I’m not saying not to have fun, just use it pleasantly.

When marketing yourself as a business or business professional, remember people look you up on these sites to learn more about you and your business.  Search engines are crawling all over Facebook.  I can’t speak for you, but I do not want to be associated with anything like what was posted on my wall.  If my sex life is going to be broadcasted, I’ll be calling the shots on that one 😉   I’m a “fan” of 240 pages on Facebook, and yes, I’m one of those Social Media geeks that actually takes the time to read ALL the updates from those 240 pages [most of the time ;)]   I’m there to network and engage in decent conversations.  Do you check out the profile of the person requesting to be your friend on Facebook?  I do,  and will pay even closer attention, especially now .

Thought I would just share this bit of information, especially to those who are on Facebook , to build awareness about your brand and your business.  Here are a few tips when adding friends:

  1. View the info tab on their profile page
  2. See who their friends are – any in common?
  3. Take a look at the Wall post and see what kind of posting/updates are there
  4. Get a general idea if you two are there for the same reasons (whatever that might be)
  5. As I always say:  Be yourself and have fun with Social Media
 

 
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