Welcome to the very first installment of MILO and Me! My name is Ashley. Here you can follow me on my journey as I step into the digital marketing world for the very first time as a Social Media Manager. This is what I have experienced and learned at MILO Digital.
Now that you having a basic understanding of a Facebook page vs. a Personal Profile, it’s time to look at customizing your page.
Facebook gives you the ability to:
- Add custom apps
- Customize App Photos
- Add a Cover Photo
- Change your profile picture
- Change the information in your About section
Custom Apps and Custom App Photos
There are plenty of tutorials on adding custom apps, do a Google search and you’ll certainly find a plethora of selections. Adding a custom app for Twitter or blogs posts is fairly straight forward so we won’t cover that here. You do however have the ability to swap out the default image for apps. You can also swap app positions.
1. Hover over the app
2. Click on the pencil at the top right
3. Select “Edit Settings”
4. Select “Change” on Custom Tab Image
5. Upload new Image
6. Give Custom Tab a Name
7. Save (all done!)
The default size for cover photos is 399 pixels wide. Your image at minimum needs to be this size. The dimensions for cover photos are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. You’ll may also get better quality by using a PNG file.
If your image is smaller than the dimensions listed it will get stretched to the appropriate size which can have an effect on quality. You’ll also have the option of re-positioning photos if they are larger than the default size.
1. Go to your page
2. Hover over your cover
3. Click the pencil at the bottom righ of your cover
4. Pick on of the options from the pop-up menu
5. Save your changes
Profile photo’s are important not just because it’s the first thing that visitors see, it’s also what show’s in the newsfeed every time you make a new post. Make sure you adjust your design accordingly. Profile photo dimensions are 160 pixels by 160 pixels.
Customizing the About Section Under your Profile Picture
You can edit the about section anytime you like, however, you cannot choose what fields are displayed there. It varies depending on what type of page (category) you have. An example would be a restaurant will show price range, address and phone number while an musicians page shows the About field of the Page’s basic information.
Your favorite RSS feed reader is going goodbye and you’ve found a Google Reader alternative, now you need to get your data to make a smooth transition.
Here is a step by step guide along with a nifty video (I guess I really do sound like that).
Step 1 Log in to Google Takout
Step 2 Select “Choose Services”
Step 3 Select Google Reader
Step 4 Click on “Create archive” to export your subscriptions as a ZIP file
Step 5 Download your Archive
That’s it! It really is pretty simple once you realize where you need to go. You can also do this directly from Google Reader as well. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Login to Google Reader
Step 2 Click on the settings gear on the upper right hand side (under your picture)
Step 3 Choose “Import/Export”
Step 4 Click on “Download your data through Takeout”
Follow the steps at the beginning of the post after getting to takeout. Here is the video, just in case:
If you’re a frequent user of Google Reader you’ve probably heard by now that Google is killing off Google Reader effective July 1, 2013. I won’t use this platform to discuss the merits of Google Reader (it’s awesome) or how important it is (very) to what I do. I won’t even list a bunch alternatives (someone already has).
I will give you the alternative to Google Reader, one that I had long forgotten about. Netvibes.
What is it?
Netvibes was founded in 2005 and has around 4 million active users. They’ve branded themselves as a dashboard, think iGoogle. It’s a dynamic workspace where you can add modules (apps/widgets) that provide information. A default dashboard looks like this:
Netvibes is free and gives you the ability to see your feed in two different ways. The widget view can be shuffled and re-organized to infinity. If you don’t care for the dashboard look you have the reader view that is similar to what you would see in Google Reader.
With Netvibes you have the ability to integrate any enterprise or web app on to your dashboards. Easily add Twitter, Facebook, RSS, or Search Content.
Adding feeds is as simple as entering a website address. Netvibes will do the rest.
If you’re coming from Google Reader, there’s an easy way to import all your existing feeds into Netvibes.
- Log in to Google Takout
- Click on “Create archive” to export your subscriptions as a ZIP file
- Unzip the saved file to your desktop
- Go to Netvibes, click on “Add content” then “OPML: Import”, “Choose File” and select the “subscriptions.XML” file you just unzipped
- Click on “Import”
Expect a few hiccups as they are seeing a sudden increase of signups. I created my account back in 2009 and event that was slowed to a halt yesterday following the announcement from Google. Be patient, this is a solid alternative that I think you’ll enjoy.
Have you found other alternatives to Google Reader?