Facebook settings to review photo tagging

FacebookThe Online Mom has a great post with a cautionary tale and information about how photo tagging works in “today’s” Facebook and why you might want to change the settings. Did you know that you can set your account to allow you to review tags on photos before they go live onto your timeline? Good info to have.

Her instructions:

Here’s how you can enable tag screening before images (and other posts) appear on your Timeline:

  • Go to your Timeline and click on the arrow next to Activity Log.
  • Select Timeline Settings.
  • Under Who can add things to my timeline? go to Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline? and click on Edit.
  • Select Enabled and close the window. Make sure that the review setting now says On.

Enabling tag review will allow you to manually approve posts you’re tagged in before they appear on your Timeline.

Simple and easy to follow. Check out The Online Mom’s site. I subscribe to her RSS feed because I pick up a lot of useful hints, tricks and tips from it.


Facebook changes — EdgeRank, Privacy and Promotions


I’m approximately one month late in mentioning that Facebook changed EdgeRank. I’ve read that the term EdgeRank is no longer used. And we’ve all read, and seen, Story Bumping. As posted by Facebook:

So how does News Feed know which of those 1,500 stories to show? By letting people decide who and what to connect with, and by listening to feedback. When a user likes something, that tells News Feed that they want to see more of it; when they hide something, that tells News Feed to display less of that content in the future. This allows us to prioritize an average of 300 stories out of these 1,500 stories to show each day.

You can read more about these changes at “Facebook: News Feed Visibility Changes and RIP EdgeRank.”


And, in case you’ve already caught up with that, here’s the new news: “As part of this proposed update, we revised our explanation of how things like your name, profile picture and content may be used in connection with ads or commercial content to make it clear that you are granting Facebook permission for this use when you use our services.”

Read that again: “to make it clear that you are granting Facebook permission for this use when you use our services.”

Read the Wall Street Journal’s post on this for more insight on what it means.


And, for you marketers, Facebook announced that “It’s now Easier to Administer Promotions on Facebook.”

We’ve updated our Pages Terms in order to make it easier for businesses of all sizes to create and administer promotions on Facebook.

What they’ve done:

We’ve removed the requirement that promotions on Facebook only be administered through apps.

However, they now also…

…our Pages Terms now prohibit Pages from tagging or encouraging people to tag themselves in content that they are not actually depicted in…

And thus endeth the Facebook changes update. Did I miss any? Wait, yes I did! Check out PR Daily’s “All the major changes Facebook has made in 2013” for a more inclusive list.


When to Post to Social Media

According to this article from, the best times to post to social media are:

  • Facebook = 1-4pm ET
  • Pinterest = 2-4pm ET or 8pm-1am ET
  • LinkedIn = 7-9am ET or 5-6 pm ET
  • Twitter = 1-3pm ET
  • Google+ = 9-11am ET



A Facebook roundup — “bumps” and other things

I usually wait until I have more than just a few posts to pull together as a “roundup,” but the launch of the “bump” in Facebook pushed this along. Here are a few reads for you:

The 5 Facebook posts you should delete” includes:

  • If the post is depicting some illegal action.
  • If a comment uses words you wouldn’t want a child to say.
  • If a post is completely off topic.
  • If a post attacks or is aimed at insulting another user.
  • If someone is hawking their wares on your page.

News Feed FYI: A Window Into News Feed” is the official Facebook announcement on the new way their are delivering stories into your News Feed. Theoretically, it’s good news.

…every time someone visits News Feed there are on average 1,5001 potential stories from friends, people they follow and Pages for them to see… [these changes] …allows us to prioritize an average of 300 stories out of these 1,500 stories to show each day…

Facebook rolls out new story ‘bumping’ feature” at PR Daily discusses the change in how Facebook is working with non-sponsored content. I read PR Daily regularly, since it tends to cover topics with the viewpoint of the impact to my industry and fellow professionals.

Facebook Launches ‘Story Bumping’ to Show Older Status Updates in News Feed” includes:

For page owners, this means their most popular organic page posts have a higher chance of being shown to more people, even if they’re more than a few hours old.

I haven’t seen an impact on my pages yet, but it’s still early days.


Facebook Hashtags

FacebookFacebook Hashtags: What You Need To Know,” brought to you by The Social Media Hat, gives awesome hashtag etiquette, including:

  • Do not use Hashtags that are unrelated to the rest of your post.
  • Do not use more than 2 – 3 Hashtags per post.

Good advice.


Facebook group events

I just learned how to create a public event from a private group:

How do I create an event for my group?

To create an event for your group, go to the group and click in the top right. Then select Create an Event from the dropdown menu. You need to be an admin to create an event in a large open group.

While creating your event, you’ll need to choose a privacy option. Note that once your group event is created, the privacy option can’t be changed.

I actually learned this the most backwards way possible. I created an event in a private group and didn’t notice that the question of privacy came up during the creation process. Later I wanted to know how to change the privacy settings and learned, through the info above, that I couldn’t.

Lesson learned. Next time I will pay better attention.

 — Posted by Sandra Fernandez


Facebook Metrics and Measurement

Are you measuring Facebook? Even if you already are, you might want to check this post out: “6 Facebook Metrics Marketers Should Be Measuring.” The post covers the following:

  1. Fan Reach.
  2. Organic Reach.
  3. Engagement.
  4. People Talking About This (or Storytellers).
  5. Click-Through Rate.
  6. Negative Feedback.

I measure mostly reach and engagement. What do you measure?

— Posted by Sandra Fernandez


Facebook access on TweetDeck ends tomorrow

Just a reminder for those of us who have been using TweetDeck as our main dashboard for Twitter and Facebook, etc.: starting tomorrow you will not be able to access Facebook using TweetDeck.

The message from TweetDeck reads:

TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone will be removed from their respective app stores and will stop functioning on May 7. Our Facebook integration will also stop on May 7.

Basically, Twitter bought TweetDeck and now Facebook won’t work on it.

And now I have to decide if I am going to switch over to Hootsuite completely… or find another tool altogether.


Facebook changes rules for Page cover photos

Looks like Facebook quietly changed their rules for your Page’s cover photo. It used to be that you couldn’t include contact information, calls to action, or price/purchase information. This limited the use of the cover photo for non-profits and other organizations. Looks like that’s a thing of the past. The currrent rules allow for more flexibility:

Use a unique image that represents your Page. This might be a photo of a popular menu item, album artwork or a picture of people using your product. Be creative and experiment with images your audience responds well to.

All cover photos are public, which means anyone visiting your Page will be able to see the cover photo. Cover photos can’t be deceptive, misleading, infringe on anyone else’s copyright or be in violation of the Pages Terms. You may not encourage people to upload your cover photo to their personal timelines.

Cover photos must be at least 399 pixels wide and may not include images with more than 20% text.

To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that’s 851 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall and less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text content, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file.

That opens up a lot of opportunities to use the cover photo in a more direct manner, without having to pay for promoted posts.

Recommended reading:


Does Storify bypass Facebook privacy settings?

I written about Storify a few times. I use it myself a lot, mostly to summarize and archive tweets from live events and tweetchats. It’s a very useful tool that’s encouraged for newsrooms. So I was dismayed to hear that Storify might allow you to share information from Facebook, regardless of the privacy settings of the poster. 

Read “Facebook private status updates made public by Storify” and “Storify Co-Founder implies nothing on Facebook is private” for the full story.

It has been uncovered that private Facebook status updates and secret group updates can be shared publicly through the Storify app, and the company’s Co-Founder has spoken out, asserting that nothing on Facebook is private.

I usually only add Twitter updates, Instagram photos, Youtube videos and links to websites. But it is a little terrifying that your privacy settings don’t make your info private. But then, that really wasn’t news to most of us.