First – today’s the last day to take advantage of my free book at Smashwords and my 50% off books at All Romance eBooks. Links are here, from last Friday’s post. I’m also giving away stuff at Fresh Fiction. Click here, and look in the right sidebar for the two giveaways I’m hosting.
Social Networking seems to get more complicated every time you log in to your computer these days. Right now, the big conversations seem to be about Facebook, which claims to be free. Which it is, except they seem to have found a loophole. Posts aren’t seen by everyone, so you never know if you’re reaching your audience. The way around this is either to pay to promote a post, or to have people add you to their news feeds. Paying money? I don’t think so.
I never paid a lot of attention to this, but as I’m closing in on the maximum number of ‘friends’ on my profile, I found I needed to create a “Page.” My first challenge after clicking the “create page” button was deciding what kind of a page was the right one. I had choices: Local Business or Place; Company, Organization or Institution; Brand or Product; Artist, Band or Public Figure; Entertainment; or Cause or Community.
Frankly, none of them seemed right to me. There’s a lot of talk about author branding, but I didn’t think that was what the category meant for Facebook Pages. After confirming with other author friends, I determined that I’m an “Artist, Band, or Public Figure.” Of course, I don’t consider myself any of those, but that’s where authors go, as confirmed when there was a drop down menu under that selection that included “author.”
From there, it was a matter of filling in various sections, testing it, and finally arriving at something that looked reasonable. (And thanks to daughter Jessica for adjusting my cover image to Facebook specs.)
I’m still not sure I’ve done everything ‘right.’ Both my profile and page are connected to me, since it’s my Facebook account. I have to pay attention to make sure I’m in the right place when I respond to comments or put up pictures, posts, etc.
On a Page, you don’t have ‘friends’ the way you do on a profile. People have to “like” you. That’s always been a troublesome area for me; I get “please like my page” requests all the time, but I don’t usually follow through unless I know the person or organization. But now, I want total strangers to like me. (At least Facebook doesn’t call them ‘fans’ anymore—I’m not sure I could handle wanting people to be my fan. I grew up in Los Angeles, and movie stars had fans. And ‘fan’ comes from ‘fanatic’ and I certainly don’t need that. “Like” is a little better.
Is it worth the effort? I don’t know. Ultimately, I hope the author page will attract new readers, but first, I’d like to see a lot more of those 4300+ “friends” pop over to the author page and “like” me. At the moment, I’m still working out what belongs where. According to others, they restrict their “profile” to actual ‘friends’ (the sort who might even help you move) and try to get everyone else onto their “page.” But I’m not ready to start deleting “friends.” What if they simply give up on me?
For now, I hope you’ll pop over to my new “page” and click the “like” button. After that, if you want to be assured of getting my updates, mouse over the “like” button and make sure “Show in News Feed” is checked. There’s also an option to get notifications, and I suppose that’s also a good way to make sure you’re not left out.
Causes Terry Odell Supports
Pro Literacy Worldwide, The Nature Conservancy, The Adult Literacy League, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society