Humans are driven to be social. Yep, even us introverts – it’s a part of our hard-wiring. While I love spending time alone in my own head, the thoughts would become a bit stale without the brilliantly hilarious additions of my friends quirkiness.
If you’re busy (and who isn’t?) or if the thought of social media scares the undies off you, I’ve got five simple suggestions to help make the most of your time in a safe and effective way. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but these five steps will keep Facebook from eating away your time while allowing for a comfortable experience.
5 Quick Facebook Tips
- Start Small to Build Confidence. Watch not only what your friends are sharing, but where they are getting it from. When you see a source that makes you laugh or think, take a second and “Like” the source. Yep, this is one time it is okay to steal. We all have slightly (and sometimes largely) different quirks, so even when pulling from the same places we are each likely to share different things with unique interpretations. Which leads to…
- Like what you Like. Love a show, go like its page. Same for products. I’m a fan of Chobani yogurt and it amazes me how often I connect with others sharing a similar enjoyment. Interested in a subject, type it into the Search bar at the top of the Facebook site (or sidebar for tablet/mobile users) and you’ll typically find plenty of pages that speak to your interest. Every time you “Like” a page, it becomes part of your News Feed and thus, something you can share from in the future. Do one a day and soon you’ll have a healthy variety to choose from.
- Share Smart. Facebook ranks the type of share in the following way: Pictures are highest, links are second and personal status updates are at the bottom of the heap. Only your family wants to know what you had for breakfast, and they are just being polite. Share a photo of a cat saddled to a beleaguered looking dog and everyone wants to see it. Why? Because we all need levity to keep us sane and happy. If it makes you laugh or if an interesting (keyword, there) thought immediately comes to mind when you see something, share.
- Three times Three takes Nine. Share three things. Like three things. Comment on three things. And yes, you can double (or triple) up. This is how I started and it takes about Nine Minutes (or less). Afraid you’ll stay on too long? Set a timer and when it dings, rings, squeels, or makes the cat run and hide – move on.
- Interact to make friends. Someone responds in a friendly manner to your shares and/or comments – Be friendly back and Add a friend. See a comment that makes you laugh – give it a Like. Two caveats: 1) Always be positive. Negativity begets loneliness. 2) Facebook has odd “friending” rules, so only friend those you’ve interacted with. Just like in life, one doesn’t run up to strangers and wrap them in a bear hug. Give a positive impression at the start and positive results will follow.
Because I love giving out “value-added” resources, here are two for those looking for more ways to use social media or Facebook efficiently.
- When I first started out in social media, there was one book that helped beyond measure: We Are Not Alone: A Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb. (First link leads to Amazon, non-affiliate: I only recommend what I’ve found useful).
- I recently took a spectacular class on Facebook by Lisa Hall-Wilson packed with tips on how to use the platform with clean efficiency. Lisa runs regular classes that I highly recommend – you can find out more at: Own Your Own Stage: Using Facebook for Author/Artist Platform & Branding. Or, friend Lisa on Facebook – I’m sure she’d love to get to know you.
Have any other Facebook tips or suggestions? Drop them in the comments. I’d love to chat with you *smile*