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Three Ways to See All Posts from Pages and Friends on Facebook

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Facebook users don’t know this but there are actually three ways to make sure we see all posts from a Page we follow on Facebook. The first two ways also work with friends’ posts.

First, select “Get Notifications” for any friend or Page you never want to miss a post from and you’ll get a notification in the globe icon for each post.

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Second, add friends and Pages to lists which you can view as separate feeds in addition to your main News Feed. Facebook’s News Feed algorithm doesn’t filter lists so you won’t miss any posts in the list feeds. Friends can be added to lists preset by Facebook such as Cool Peeps or Family or any (more…)

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Take Advantage of Pinned Tweets on Twitter and Don’t Waste a Great Opportunity

When Twitter launched the new design recently one of the very valuable changes was the option to Pin a tweet. Pick any tweet and pin it and it will be the first tweet on your page for as long as you keep it pinned. This gives you a perfect opportunity to tell people why they should follow you, make a sales pitch, etc.

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It’s not likely people visit our Twitter pages more than once but it’s important to make a good first impression the first time they do so they follow us. And if you can grab their attention (more…)

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Twitter Image Trick Encourages Followers to Click to Find Hidden Tweet Treats

The best way to get a lot of impressions and engagement on your Tweets is to post content that grabs the viewer’s attention and then compels them to retweet it. A good way to do that is to include an image. Images stand out better in a long stream of tweets and the right images can create a knee jerk retweet just like a good image on Facebook will get a quick like.

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In this post I’m going to show you how to create an oversized image that looks good in the stream on both desktop and mobile but encourages followers to click to expand it. Of course this happens naturally with certain photos but how about an image that includes a hidden Easter Egg they can’t (more…)

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How to See All Posts From Your Facebook Friends and Pages You’ve Liked

I’m sure by now you’re aware that Facebook uses an algorithm to decide what kinds of post you like and want to see more of and which ones you don’t want to see. They claim that since there’s no way anyone can see all of their friends’ posts it’s up to them to make sure you only see the ones you’re really interested in. Problem? Sure, that’s a problem. Do you think it’s possible for a computer to know what you do and do not want to see?

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Fortunately there is a solution to the problem, although it’s not likely you’ll ever see everything your friends post. But, if you have certain friends, family members or Pages you want to be sure you never miss a post from, you can (more…)

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Facebook Hides Most of Your Friends’ Posts. Why Would You Tolerate That?

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If cell phone companies started hiding text messages because they thought we were getting too many, everyone would be shouting from the rooftops and yet Facebook hides 90% of the posts from our friends and Pages we like, and there’s barely a whimper.

It’s time to make ourselves heard. We’re not dumb, we know it’s not likely we can read everything our friends post on Facebook but there’s a big difference between missing something because we didn’t see it, and never having the chance to see it because someone decided it wasn’t important to us.

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The Facebook Algorithm Signal No One Talks About… Including Facebook

I have a theory about Reach. My theory is not based on any scientific experiments and to be honest, it’s only based on my observations of what seemed to be some odd behavior on my latest post which caused me to go back and analyze my Insights.

One hour ago I posted this silly update on my Page.

What? Facebook is going to start removing inactive accounts and may be shutting down completely in November?

I included a link to an article on All Facebook about one of those idiotic memes that has started making the rounds again, telling people that Facebook would delete their account for inactivity if they didn’t share the post with at least 15 of their friends. I only included a bit.ly text link with no image and no link preview. So far, that post has gotten a reach that exceeds the (more…)

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How to Make Your Facebook Page Cover Photo Show Full Width in the Mobile App

Hopefully Facebook will eventually change the way our cover photos look in the mobile app and stop cutting off the sides, but until then, here’s the solution if you’re using a custom graphic and not just a photo.

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Create your image as you normally would, making sure the part you want to be visible on desktop computers is 851 x 315 pixels but make the overall dimension 851 x 475 pixels. As you can see from my screenshot, I filled in the bottom section with a solid color because it looks better than way for my design but if yours looks good by just letting whatever background you use extend all the way to the bottom, that would be optimal.

When you upload the image to your Page, reposition it so the top is showing on desktops but when someone views your Page on their mobile phone they’ll see the full height as well as the full width. No more compromising your Page cover design just so it looks good on mobile.

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My Newest Venture, Social Media Masterminds

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I’ve been working hard on a new project for a couple months that started with a secret Facebook group — as some of you may already know — but, what most don’t know is that what I’ve been working on involved much more than just a Facebook group and it’s finally ready. I am proud to announce the launch of Social Media Masterminds, an online community where beginners and professionals alike can learn to use (more…)

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What Would You Do If Your Facebook Page Was Deleted Without Warning?

I wanted to share something that happened over the past few days in one of my Facebook groups. It’s a frightening and cautionary tale but fortunately one with a happy ending… at least for one person.

On Monday, one of our members, Dave Jackson, posted that Facebook had shut down his Page without an explanation. No warning — just poof — it was gone.

“My page has been deleted by Facebook. Logged in today and got FB message that as administrator the terms and conditions had been violated. I can’t imagine what they didn’t like about what I was doing. I was the sole admin. What is my first step in finding out how to get it reinstated? Please help!”

He’d gotten no previous warnings and knew he hadn’t done anything that would have warranted such an action. He appealed but was told the decision was final and the Page was gone forever and could not be reinstated. Facebook suggested he start a new Page and (more…)

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