Long Time Users Learn More About Using Facebook

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I think Mrs. Robert E. Lee knows I’m a Yankee. Confederate President Jefferson Davis doesn’t is more interested in the photo op. 🙂

History gals can learn new tricks!  Out of necessity, I have become one of the Facebook queens. After three years of using it regularly, I still find that I constantly learn something helpful.  I use Facebook in three ways.

  1. A personal page.  This is the easy first step to Facebook. I joined with a valid email account, and I post pictures and make comments.  I don’t really care ( and by that I mean report to anyone about) about statistics other than it’s a nice pat on the back when someone comments or likes something I post.  I have to admit that I like likes.  🙂
    1. What sets this account apart from the others is how random it is. Whatever strikes me at the moment, I post, from a lost dog picture, to Christmas photos, blog entries, unusual weather and trips.
    2. I try to avoid posting yawn topics like, “I got up at 6:07.48 am and brushed my teeth.”
    3. Something that can be disconcerting is that a personal page can be full of personal messages might be better sent as an instant message, which is private.  But it is my page, and if I don’t care if the world knows that my all my underwear was locked in the washer full of water for three days, then I guess ….
    4. This account is important in a business situation when I want to reach someone and I don’t have their email address.  Today I searched on Google for for presidents of state councils for the social studies when I didn’t have a website for the state.  I found two or three people that way.  They don’t always respond, but I try to be open and let them know who I am, and most people respond eventually.

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  1. A professional page.  I’ve started several of these from my personal page, and I’m not sure how to do it otherwise.  As an administrator, I can invite others to be administrators.  Only administrators can post on these pages, but viewers can comment.  I was frustrated at first because no one posted or interacted.  In my experience this page is more for pushing information than interacting.  This account is focused – or it should be, but it can still be personal.  The face of the company or organization has personality.  If a member of our organization has a good experience at school that they post on FB, I will sometimes share it.  I have to cut and paste their post or it shares on my personal page.  Usually the biggest hits on this account are upcoming events with a flyer or any information about legislation that affects us as an organization.
Sentinel Butte Ranch
This might be interesting to the group “You Know You’re From Woodlake If…”
  1. The group page.  I joined groups as an administrator before I really understood the purpose of groups.  Since then I’ve been involved with a writing group and several groups from my town of Woodlake.  I have found this form of Facebook most interactive for several reasons.
    1. There is a moderator of the group.  What impressed me most was when the moderator introduced themselves and welcomed me personally and asked others in the group to do the same.  Several of them did.  Then some of them became friends with my personal account.  I also get a lot of likes on my personal page from some moderators.
    2. There seems to be more open dialogue on the posts, almost like a personal account, but more focused.  People don’t necessarily know each other when they start talking, unlike on a personal page, but they get acquainted quickly.  Sometimes the conversations veer from the topic of the original post, but usually an outsider can read it and know what’s happening.
    3. Because group pages are moderated, the moderator can delete comments that might not pertain to that group.  I have deleted posts and ultimately people from the group who post advertising on our California Council for the Social Studies group page because their ads don’t fit the purpose of the group page.  The moderator can also add questions, comments or contests that will encourage others to participate.

All three types of pages have their uses, as do other types of social media.  The trick is using the right page for the right impact.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, and I'm working on retirement. heheh Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

14 thoughts on “Long Time Users Learn More About Using Facebook”

    1. Was this a nudge???? I was just writing random things about what I’m doing with my life! 🙂 I enjoyed your post about characters. That’s my next project after I finish this pictorial history about Woodlake.

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  1. The first time I joined Facebook I quit within a couple of weeks because everyone was posting yawn topics. When a casual acquaintance posted that he was on Facebook while in the stall at Pizza Hut, I determined that was enough. Way TMI. I also don’t like pictures of people’s surgery scars, bruises, cuts, etc. Just not necessary.

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  2. Cute pic, Marsha, you make a very striking Yankee gal! 😉

    I’m not sure re Facebook!!!
    I have my ABC site on FB, though I’m very hesitant about FB in general. I guess, like Russell above, I’m a little sceptical.
    I have grown to love WP though! Not so much ‘what one had for breakfast’, and more camaraderie, which is fab!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. WP is my personal choice as well most of the time, but when I want to post a quick picture, I’ve been posting on Instagram, and it automatically posts to FB, Twitter and Tumblr. I’ve been experimenting with it since I read Leanne Cole’s guest post about Instagram, AND I’ve had less time to post on WP. It’s definitely quicker. Thanks for the comment. It’s always fun to chat with you. 🙂

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      1. Yes, that’s what/how I post to FB – automatically from WP. Oh, I’m so lazy, Marsha. Anything that makes life simpler is okay with me. Like my gorgeous iPad. I’ve had it since last Christmas. What a joy it is. Being able to carry it about is precious. In fact, being able to communicate with you, on the other side of the world, is fantastic. We sure live in fast changing times!
        Here’s to progress!

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        1. You aren’t lazy! You are just using the tools we have at our disposal. It is a different world than I grew up in, but I do love it. What a joy to be able to actually know people all over the world. 🙂

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  3. I get the same feeling now, with meeting people from all over the world in my bit of cyber-space, as I did from having penpals, but without all the waiting for the mail! 😀 I have two FB pages, one is completely personal where I only have family as friends. I did begin another for a public page, but I was only sending WP posts to it and ended up ignoring it. I’ve got a google page too. So much to keep an eye on, and WP is the only one to get my attention these days!

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    1. Thank you for your comment! It reminds me of the wonderful google video chat I had with two of my blogging friends from Australia last night. We must have talked and chatted for about two hours – trying to get it to work. The amazing thing is that we did get it to work, and it was astounding to think of talking with someone clear across the world. I’m still reeling from it! 🙂

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