Tag Archives: Facebook

SMUG – Tip of the week: Adding links to Facebook

Sharing links on FacebookAfter you paste a link to a status update, Facebook will show you a preview of the it. Once the preview is there, you can delete the link text from the status update and the link will stay attached to the post. This keeps your status updates short and clean without having to show those long, ugly links.

If there is more than one graphic available on the webpage you are linking to, you will have a choice of thumbnails to use with the article. Click on the arrows on the top right of the thumbnail to see the selection. If you don’t like any that are offered or they just don’t fit the article, you have the option of uploading your own image instead.

You also have the option to change the headline and the text preview of the link. This is helpful if you want to highlight a specific part of the article. All you have to do is click on them and the text will become editable.

 

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SMUG – First contact

There are over 50 facebook pages that represent the university I work at. When I started there wasn’t anyone paying attention to this kind of stuff. As Interactive Marketing Director, I took it upon myself to first try and find all the social media sites that represented the university, second, to try and find the managers of them and third, to create a method of communication with them. After months of research where I found virtual tons of social media sites, I decided to start a SMUG (Social Media User Group).

This is the first email I sent to all the managers that I could find:

You are all receiving this email because you are all managers on Facebook pages that represent the university in some way, shape or form.

I had quite a time finding you all and I’m sure I missed some. I attached a Google Spreadsheet of the pages, profiles and groups that I found. Please take some time to look it over and let me know if you can fill in any blanks, or add some pages that I missed.

The reason for all this is because I am starting an informal  Social Media Users Group (SMUG) and you are all invited.

The main goals I’m hoping to achieve with this group are:

  • An awareness of all the facebook pages (and other social media) that represent our university
  • Open up university-wide communication channels so we can help each other spread our messages to more audiences
  • Share and discuss tips and tricks to help us all keep our social media sites successful

If you know of someone who should be added to this list or if you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.

PS. Other social media such as Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, photo sharing, etc. will be mentioned soon.

The Google Spreadsheet was very simple only having three columns: Page/Profile/Group Titles, Managers, and URLs. Afterwards I added pages to the spreadsheet that included the other types of social media: blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Photos, and Linked-In.

The responses I received from this email were positive and constructive.

  • I added a few more pages and managers to the list.
  • I helped some people delete their Facebook page that they forgot about a few years ago.
  • Some people, pleased with the support, requested I help them start new Pages.
  • I was notified that the word “Administrator” was spelled incorrectly on my spreadsheet.

All in all, I think the first contact was successful.

>Thing #48 – Twitter Again

>I received a newsletter from Things on a Stick News and was pleased to see that the “Things” are still coming – although not in the previous format. This blog was born during a project called 23 Things on a Stick, a fun and unique way to learn web 2.0 tools. Tools which I now use both for personal use and for the library that I work for. After each “thing” we were to blog about what we learned. If you search the archive of this blog, you can see my progress through the “things.”

After the first 23 things were complete, they came up with “more things on a stick” which I also completed and blogged about. After I was finished with the program, I continued using some of the tools I learned about for the library (and some for personal too!)

Social Media Update: I set up Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter accounts for my library last March. So far we have 519 Facebook fans, 228 Twitter followers and only 31 MySpace friends. As a result of the low numbers and lack of interactivity on MySpace, I have to admit, I haven’t given it much attention as of late. But Facebook and Twitter has taken right off.

I post things like library events, services, relevant articles, photos, and other library related topics and it seems to be popular with our patrons. We get comments and “likes” on Facebook and we have Twitter followers that faithfully retweet some of our tweets. We do have a Flickr account that I post photos on and a YouTube account that I hope to be utilizing more in the future with a marketing campaign that’s brewing in my mind – but I need some video equipment before I can get started on that.

I think this is a great way to learn new things and greatly appreciate the efforts of all the people who set up this program and made it available for us.