Library Facebook Fan Page – 10 Things to Include…08.26.09

26 08 2009


Here is a list from the Social Networking Librarians from the post 10 Great Things to Include on Your Library’s Facebook Fan Page:

“…1. photos of your library.
2. a library video tour or other promotional videos.
3. a calendar of library events.
4. a rss feed of your library blog.
5. information about how to contact your library.
6. library hours
7. lib guides widget
8. a survey for your patrons to answer about your library.
9. information about new book arrivals
10. links to popular library databases…”

Facebook Most Used Social Media For Sharing…07.20.09

20 07 2009


Mashable! reports today that “…According to AddToAny, Facebook now dominates sharing, with 24 percent of shares from the widget consisting of users posting items to the social network. That handily beats out email (11.1 percent) and TwitterTwitter (10.8 percent), making the world’s most popular social network also the most popular service for sharing content. This is undoubtedly welcome news at FacebookFacebook, as the site continues to emphasize sharing and readies its own real-time search engine…”

How Libraries Should Use Facebook…05.27.09

27 05 2009


I thought Stephen Abram‘s post today Facebook and Libraries has some important points about libraries using Facebook:

“There’s some emerging consensus on how libraries might use Facebook. I am no expert but, as usual I have an opinion.

You have a choice. You can create a regular Facebook Page or a Facebook Group (sometimes called a Facebook Fan Page). Simple really. What would work best in which situation?

As other’s have noted (here and here), it can be very problematic if you use a page for your library institutional presence. (‘Facebook ties a page to the account of the person who originally created it and I quote’ and ‘the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins.’ So, if your original creator leaves under a cloud your organization is at risk.)

Groups let you own your presence on an institutional level and allow the creator to be removed and assigned to others. For comparisons of pages and groups see this and this.

Of course the creation of a Facebook Group for your library does NOT absolve staff from having individual Facebook pages. Staff and management are individual experts and the key competitive advantage your library has against the generic search engines. If they’re not marketed well, and marketing themselves and building relationships with their key user groups then your library is just vanilla.

So, my opinion is that the library and it’s important segments have group pages and that librarians and key staff have their own pages. Try it.”

Warning to Libraries With Facebook Pages…05.21.09

21 05 2009


The Librarian By Day has an especially important post today titled Libraries Think Twice about a Facebook Page:

Facebook ties a page to the account of the person who originally created it and I quote

however the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins.

Why does this matter?  Because if the original creator leaves the organization for any reason, there is no way to remove them.  (You could try to contact Facebook, but if you’ve ever done that you know how that works.)  Do you really want someone who no longer works for you to have control over your page?  What if they were fired, or quit in a huff?  I know, in an ideal world no one would ever leave and we’d all live happily everafter, but it does happen sometimes.

Groups on the other hand at least allow the creator to promote other admins and remove themselves.  No need to contact Facebook…”

“Facebook Manners and You”…05.08.09

8 05 2009

Also from Stephen’s Lighthouse – hilarious but useful video on using Facebook:

“Facebook’s Response To Twitter”…03.04.09

4 03 2009


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You can see an overview of all the new Facebook changes announced today in a post titled Facebook’s Response To Twitter by Erick Schonfeld on TechCrunch :

“Facebook made a number of announcements today about changes to its home page, profile pages, and activity streams. Taken together, these represent a concerted response to the rise of Twitter as a real-time message broadcasting system that goes beyond members’ personal circle of friends.

One of the biggest changes is that Facebook is getting rid of the distinction between private profiles and public pages. The 5,000-friend limit will be dropped from the public pages. Facebook doesn’t want Twitter to become the way large companies and public figures connect to fans. Up until now, Facebook Pages haven’t really been the place fans go to connect with their favorite celebrities or brands. For that, they’ve started going to Twitter, where they can get updates in real time…”

Updated Facebook Guide…02.10.09

10 02 2009

I liked Nicole Engard’s post today on the  blog What I Learned Today… entitled  Facebook Guide Updated because I finally got around to creating a Facebook presence last week without reading any documentation.  It’s rather intuitive but this overview should help me when I get a chance to work more on Facebook:

Step by Step Guide to Getting Started with Facebook…

  • First search your email address book to see which of your friends are already on Facebook by entering your webmail login information.
  • Next choose friends that match those in your address book to connect to on Facebook (or click ‘Skip’ to skip this step)
  • You can also find friends by entering your education and current employer (or click ‘Skip this step’ in the bottom right)
  • Based on the information you enter, Facebook will make friend suggestions for you
  • Next, choose your local network (or click ‘Skip this step’ in the bottom right)
  • Next you will be brought to your new Facebook homepage
  • By using the search box on the top right you can find people you may know as well as groups and pages of interest
  • From the search results you can
    • Send a message to your friend or click ‘Add as Friend’
      • Clicking ‘Add as Friend’ will notify the person that you want to be friends
    • Join a group by clicking the Join link
    • Become a fan of a page by clicking the ‘Become a Fan’ link
  • Next, you’ll want to update your profile.
  • Click the ‘Profile link on the menu bar at the top.fbprofile
  • Click ‘Edit my profile’ under the headshot on the leftfbbasic
  • By clicking on the highlighted headings (Basic Information, Personal Information, Contact Information, Education and Word) you can enter as much or as little information about yourself as you’d like
  • By entering multiple email addresses, it will make it easier for people to find you
  • Relationship information will appear on your main profile page
  • Personal information will just give people a feel for who you are
  • By entering your education, fellow alumni will be able to find you
  • Work information can be used by potential employers and by colleagues who are looking to find you on Facebook
  • While it’s not required to enter a picture, adding one to your profile helps people identify you (especially if your name has changed)
  • You will also want to pay close attention to the settings menu in the top right
  • Privacy and account settings are important to set up so that you only share as much about you as you choose.
  • Once your account is set up, you can keep up with updates from your friends, groups, applications and pages by looking to the right of your homepage
  • You can also find messages from friends by clicking on Inbox on the top of the screen.
  • At the bottom right of your screen you’ll see the Facebook Chat
  • By clicking on ‘Online Friends’ you’ll see your friends who are on Facebook right now. Double clicking on your friend’s name will open a chat window.
  • Type your message and hit enter to send it to your friend instantly.
  • On the bottom left you will see your Applicationsfbapps
  • To create a page for the first time you will need to search for ‘Pages’
    Facebook Search
  • Click on the first result ‘Facebook Pages’
    Facebook Pages
  • Click the link for creating a page:
  • All future pages you create can be created from the Page Manager application that you can find listed under your applications tab…”