Facebook Presence Needed for Authors?

Do you really need to be on Facebook? Yes and no. I recommend concentrating first and foremost on your own website/blog. This is the web presence you have the most control over; it is the most predictable place to establish as a hub or base of online operations. As Facebook continues to “tweak” their algorithms, Read More …

Reverse Search: For Everything (and Everyone) You’d Rather Lose

Facebook, this morning, decided that I should search for Donald Trump, based on the posts I’d interacted with. Once I got past the visual of me batting around a Facebook post like a cat bats around a mouse, two things occurred to me: First, this is the problem with companies assuming they know you so Read More …

Facebook for Writers

Not all authors are introverts. However, many of us are slightly bewildered at the thought of readers being interested in us, and fail to fully grasp why it’s important to play on the social media playgrounds with readers and other writers. In Amazon Author Central, we explored some of the reasons readers are interested in Read More …

Ash Wednesday: Observing Lent from a Secular Perspective

Why Observe Lent at All? I’m neither atheist nor religious. Growing up Protestant, I never really “gave up” anything for Lent – maybe chocolate or candy for the first three days of Lent, but not with any mindful, spiritual intent. During a year at Catholic school, I “gave up” meat on Fridays, opting instead to Read More …

If You Like It, Better Put a Share on It

Facebook discourages creativity. In fact, I’d say that the Facebook has conditioned us all to chase the affirmation of a “Like,” which has a deleterious effect on our courage in speaking out on unpopular topics – our courage in going against the herd or writing on topics that are less “popular.” There are studies on “what Read More …

Well Played, Facebook!

That didn’t take long. Yesterday, I wrote about how we all needed to be more thoughtful about our use of social media and stop scapegoating sites like Facebook for our human failings and disappointments. Even before the post went live, this morning, Facebook flagged my PC as being “possibly infected with malware” and tried to Read More …

Facebook Gets It Right: Keep Original Post

One of the frustrating things about sharing a post on Facebook is thinking that you are sharing a friend’s commentary about a link they shared to their page, only to find that all your version of the shared post contains is the link itself, without your friend’s commentary on it. It appears that Facebook has finally Read More …

How Posting and Sharing Work on Facebook

The Basic Facebook Post Types and Your Privacy Control your privacy on Facebook and have more fun posting and sharing. Understanding how settings work is key to avoiding unintended results! There are three basic types of posts you can make on Facebook. First, and most simply, you can answer Facebook’s “What’s on Your Mind?” by Read More …

See Your Facebook Page the Way Friends (and Strangers) Do

Did you know that you are able to view your page as others see it? It’s a good idea to see your Facebook profile the way other people see it – just to be sure that you are sharing what you mean to share, and keeping private what you mean to keep private. Locking your Read More …

Take Just 60 Seconds Now to Protect Yourself and Your Facebook Friends

We all know there are imposters and fake accounts on Facebook. These people’s aims range from simple money scams to shilling for what may be a legitimate business that doesn’t even know their affiliate or employee is damaging their reputation. Their goals could be even more nefarious: social engineering for intelligence gathering. It isn’t just the Read More …

Facebook Creativity Challenge

Originally posted in July 2015, I think it’s time we resurrect this idea and try again – who’s in? This morning, I proposed a week-long Facebook Creativity Challenge, to begin Monday. Part of the challenge is to estimate, up-front and honestly, how long you’ll last. I’m guessing I can make it three days! At the Read More …

Facebook Friends Unable to Share Posts

Since April or May, my Facebook friends have reported being unable to share posts from my personal profile to theirs.  At first glance, it makes sense: My default privacy setting is Friends of Friends. My Public posts – if I remember to change them to Public, after posting – are shareable. But when I visit Read More …