The irony being is that he was talking about how communication should be more personal!
Facebook & real estate
So first of all congratulations on enabling Facebook places to your facebook account. As you were able to enable it, it should be obvious then how to disable it. Well that would be true of course, if you had actively enabled it in the first place!
Actually, what happened was those crazy kids at facebook, thought this one up, then added in an enabled form to everyones account. With all the bad press facebook have been getting with privacy issues, it’s frankly beyond me why they would roll something out like this, which surely is going to add fuel to the fire. Kids huh…(I am sounding old these days).
What amazes me most though is that this will annoy more people than it had to. How many people, well lets suggest everyone who didn’t want to share this stuff in the first place. This could have annoyed precisely no one if, they had rolled this new app out, with great fanfare, which you could sign up to add to your account. That way the one’s that wanted it would be happy, and the one who didn’t would also be…happy. This isn’t rocket science is it?
As someone who’s life is entirely divided between my office and then chasing after progeny who’s combined ages are less than the fingers on one hand, (I have a full set…of fingers I mean), the last thing I want to remind everyone of is that my days are spent entirely at the office, somewhere between my computer & phone and coffee maker, period. My evenings are spent trying to encourage said progeny to eat something, before suggesting that sleep, at some point for them, would a good idea.
As a consequence the whole 4square app passed me by, it is mildly interesting to see where people are, which bar, what they had for lunch, but my days aren’t spent like that. Boo hoo.
So, with much fanfare, Facebook launched their places app, and for me the hype didn’t match the product. However, by automatically adding this feature to my facebook account, they basically added the 4square functionality to it, which I did’nt want.
So, here’s how to keep your boring life a private…
How to Disable Facebook Places
Sign into your account, oh that’s right you already are: choose Privacy Settings
This is what you find: Click on image. That’s right, you’re already added to Places I Check Into. Click Customize Settings
Find the Places I Check Into section, click Customize
Select Only Me, you could of course do the Hide This From but you’d have to keep adding new friends to it…
Not quite done yet, scroll down lower on the page and where it says Friends Can Check Me Into Places, and select Disabled (one can imagine how this could be abused!)
That should do it. In order for anyone to check you in anywhere you would have to approve the checking in before it was posted, but again, this whole thing should have been disabled unless you actually wanted it.
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So you have a blog, your writing a little, often, (as we like to say) and it’s in a very sharable format. What else can you do?
Everything you create on a computer has a format:
- your photos are saved as .jpg
- Word files as .doc
- Excel files as .xls
- Your blog articles? RSS
The slides below show you how to add your rss feed to your facebook page.
Microsoft is announcing that they too are going to be launching an online version of their Office product. This is being seen as a direct target of google’s cloud “Documents” product, which though only registering about 5% of the market, is growing.
The new product from Microsoft will be available through their Windows Live portal, that’s hotmail for those who still use it.
The word is that with google soon be lauching their operating system, Chrome OS, in direct competition to Microsoft’s strangle hold of Windows, Microsoft are going after google’s “Document” products!
On the face of it I wouldn’t be too worried if I was google…
However, the major coup is that they are going to be partnering with Facebook to offer this as an app there.
On second thoughts, google should worry!
The simple answer is for their traffic driving power.
Facebook has passed search-engine giant Google to become the top source for traffic to major portals like Yahoo and MSN, and is among the leaders for other types of sites.
This trend is shifting the way Web site operators approach online marketing, even as Google takes steps to move into the social-media world.
Some experts say social media could become the Internet’s next search engine.
Astoundingly, Facebook not Google is the largest driver of traffic to major websites. This reminds us in a way of AOL, back in the early days of all this. AOL attempted to control the users online experience, from dialing up to the internet, (remember that?), to checking email, to surfing the web all within the AOL “experience”.
If you have been putting this off today’s the day!
Facebook/Real Estate Action Plan
Facebook business pages are a great tool to use in offering real estate agents another avenue to generate leads. Here’s how to create a Facebook business page for your real estate business.
Open your personal facebook page, then go to the following url: www.facebook.com/advertising/?pages
From there click the “Create a Page” green button:
On the Create New Facebook Page window, select Real Estate:
Then choose the name of the page you will ultimately want to use. This will become your facebook url, or domain name, eg: www.facebook.com/limeyboy. Ideally, this should match the keywords that are within your domain name or the ones that you website is designed around. Once you choose your page name, you can’t change it, (you can delete it, or create another, but you can edit one that you have created).
Then click, “Create Page”, which will bring you to your Facebook business page:
This page will come with an initial facebook business page url such as the one below. It’s somewhat conveluted at this point…
It is this address that you need to share with your personal/professional facebook friends. Send out an email to suggest that your friends ‘fan’ your facebook page. Once you get 25 ‘fan’s’ of your page, Facebook will trim that down to the shortened version.
How To Add a Photo To Your Facebook Business Page
From your business page, homepage, roll over the words Change Picture on the large ?, and choose, Upload a Picture…
Navigate to your photo:
Wait a moment….
Then see the results: Cute!
Below your photo, click where it says, Write Something, and, well, write something about your business…
And your done!
How to Get to Your Business Page from Your Personal Page
Sign into your facebook account. Click Pages & Ads, from the left navigation window:
This will take you a summary window, where you can click on your page: