How To See Most Recent Posts on Facebook

Are You Upset Facebook Doesn’t Let You View Most Recent Posts?

Facebook has gone through quite a few changes lately and because they have, many users are not too happy.  One of the biggest complaints seems to be that Facebook has set the default view of posts to “Top Stories, instead of “Most Recent”.  What does this mean?

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Any post that you post yourself, comment on or like that continues to get additional likes and comments.  These posts stay at the top of your newsfeed.   The downfall of  Top Stories being set as the default, you may miss out on a lot of posts by your friends and family.

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The most recent posts by the people in your network regardless of the activity on that particular post.

If you are one of those individuals who would rather see the most recent posts of your friends, family and co-workers, instead of seeing the same post at the top of your news feed just because someone has commented on it, here’s the easy change you can make.

As shown in the image below – all you need to do is go to your main news feed and click on the little arrow to the right.  You will see the option of choosing Top Stories or Most Recent.  As you have probably noticed like almost everyone else on Facebook, Top Stories is the default setting.  All you need to do is select Most Recent.

How To See Most Recent Posts on Facebook

So, what’s your stance on Top Stories versus Most Recent?  Do you prefer to see the most recent posts by all your friends and family or do you like to keep up with conversations? How do you feel that Facebook has again decided to make changes that affect the way we use their platform?  Has it changed your views about Facebook or changed how much you use Facebook?  Post your comments – I’d like to know!

Social Media Security – Best Practices

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You may ask yourself why you need to worry about Social Media Security

Let me fill you in on the back story.  A former colleague contacted me and asked me if I personally knew a mutual contact on LinkedIn.  Apparently this mutual contact had scammed her out of some money.  I told her I did not, as I am connected to a few thousand contacts and do not know all of them personally.   Since this is an issue so many have to deal with, I thought this post would be appropriate.  Here is a checklist of best practices you can do to make your social media security more secure.

1) Use a separate e-mail address for your social media accounts:  i.e. linkedin@yourdomain.com  or twitter@yourdomain.com  then have each forwarded to your main account.  If you do not have the luxury of multiple e-mail accounts you can do something along the lines of  yourname_socialmedia@yourdomain.com.  This was beneficial for me about a year ago, in that I received an e-mail from my Linkedin e-mail  account from “PayPal”.  Someone on the other end was trying to get money from me.  I immediately knew this was a scam because my PayPal e-mail is not my LinkedIn e-mail address.  Of course I immediately let PayPal know what was going on and forwarded them the e-mail.

2) Use a secure password: You want a MINIMUM of 8 characters, but I like to use 12 or more.  You also want a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.  You want a different password for every account.  I know this seems impossible, but you can use a naming convention.  Here is an example.  Tw1+2013!!  I spelled the first four letters of Twitter using a combination of letters, numbers and special characters, added the year and ended it with exclamation points.   As you can see, this password combination makes the social media security is pretty good.  If you want to see how your password stacks up – go to this password checker and check it out.  You might be surprised.

3) Change your passwords regularly.  I would say at least every 3 months – but if that’s too often for you, at least once a year MINIMUM.  I change mine every 3-6 months because I used to work in network security and I’m a bit more paranoid.

4) Use a social media management application:  I use HootSuite and Sprout Social, but there are others.  You can also use applications like Gremln or Smarsh.  This is beneficial if you have someone managing your social accounts.  This way, they only have limited access.

5) Take advantage additional authentication method:  Several social platforms will send a text to your cell phone and allow you to enter a code for verification.  If you are concerned about social media security, this is an added step worth taking.

6) Recognized Devices:  How many devices do you have?  How many do you use?  Facebook recognizes and remembers your devices, so it’s good to go into your settings and delete your old devices every few months.  I only have 3 devices, but according to Facebook, I have 17 since May of this year.  The thing is, I log into Facebook from a lot of different networks.

7) What is the URL? Sophisticated computer hackers can duplicate your social media accounts (as well as pretty much any other kind of account).   If you want to be on top of social media security, you definitely want to pay attention to the url.

8) This may seem obvious, but do NOT give your username and password to people you don’t know.  Even if they say they need it to get you more followers or to manage your account.  Have them with you when you are signed in, then let them act as you add them as an administrator, or set up a third party social media management tool like Hoot Suite.

9) No matter how much you WANT to, NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER did I say NEVER? But NEVER have your browser remember your passwords.  If your computer gets infected with a worm, or virus, or the latest mutation thereof, it could possibly take the passwords from your browser and save them to a server somewhere for someone to use.  Also – NEVER save your passwords to a file on your computer.

10) Keep your computer up to date with the latest patches, upgrades and antivirus software.  Social media security is just as much about maintenance as much as it is about awareness.

Do you have anything you would like to add to this list?  Have you had anything scary happen to you or a friend?  What do you think could have prevented it?

Facebook Changes Default Privacy Settings for Users 13 – 17 So What?

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Facebook Changes Default Privacy Settings

With all the cyber bullying we’ve been hearing about on the news – we have to wonder if this change is coming along a bit too late?  Or, is it a band-aid to patch a broken limb?  Facebook announced today teen accounts (ages 13 – 17) will default to the “friends” setting; the previous default was “friends of friends”.  Going forward they will be able to make changes back to “friends of friends” or “public”  but will be notified of the status of the post setting, reminding the teens the post is indeed public and will be seen by more than just their friends.

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If they choose to share the post publicly – they will see the post again.  O.K. – so Facebook becomes a nagging parent.  Do you think it will deter the teen from posting publicly or do you think it will entice the teen to get creative with their account?  Perhaps change their age?  Facebook does allow you to change your age (albeit a limited number of times).  I know if I were a rebellious teen – what I would do.

Will changing the default privacy settings on Facebook help protect teens from child trafficking? Pedophiles? Rapists? More importantly, other teens? Probably not.  Facebook even admits:

Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook. 

As a parent, I have concerns and have to wonder why a 13 year old should even have a Facebook profile.  It was just yesterday (October 15) a 12 year old girl killed herself  because her ex-best friend (a 14 year old girl) and another 12 year old girl were arrested for cyber bullying.  How is Facebook’s change to the default privacy setting going to affect instances like this?

What do you think about Facebook’s changes to their default privacy settings for users 13 – 17?  Is it enough? I would love your opinion.

Sharing on Social Platforms

Is sharing on social platforms hard for you to do?

Sharing is quite easy if you know how.  Sharing information-that’s what it is all about – especially through pictures.  From Instagram to Facebook it’s about letting family, friends and even clients/potential clients peek into your world. Check into most forms of social media and you will be treated to pictures, pictures and more pictures. They are everywhere- from a friend’s adorable twins to Justin Timberlake’s latest song- sharing photos and videos- dare I say “has gone viral”.  Maybe because doing so is so darn easy.  It takes seconds to download them into your computer, or even better, from your phone onto your favorite social media site and  Viola- your masterpiece is out for all to enjoy.

Wait, did I just say your favorite form of social media? Why limit yourself to just one when with a couple of steps you can share that same photo on several sites.  This is fabulous – especially if you have a business or service you want to share with as many people as possible.

Instagram makes it super easy to not only add an artistic flair to your photos by using it’s editing tools, sharing  them on  other social media platforms. The glitch comes when you want to share that same photo onto your business Facebook page. Instagram  does a great job of sending  your photo from your phone to your personal  Facebook page, but how do you then transfer that same picture onto your business page?  It’s super easy.  All you do is go to your personal timeline and under the photo you want to share click on share, when the drop down menu shows , you choose your business account and just like that you have posted that same photo onto your  business Facebook page.  How easy is it to get photos of your product or service out to potential clients?  One photo taken and enhanced with Instagram will speak a thousand words to potentially thousands of people when shared with numerous forms of social media with a few clicks of the send button.  No wonder, Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of social media, or has it already arrived?

Do you like sharing your pictures on social platforms?

Facebook’s Dirty Little Secret on Promoted Posts

What? Facebook not being completely transparent on their on page promoted posts? Don’t get me wrong – I love Facebook, and until recently I was duped and even used their promoted posts a few times.

Many Facebook page owners and administrators are careful to focus on specific target markets to build their fan base or promote a product or service.  That being said, they use their strategy to focus their Facebook ads to the same target markets. Wouldn’t you think, if you put that much effort to ensure your page reaches a specific market and your ads reach a specific market that the promoted posts would use that same information in their promoted posts? If so, you would be wrong.

This is where Facebook pulls the proverbial bait and switch. They offer this so-called great deal – an ad at a discounted rate – i.e. promoted post to reach thousands of people for dirt cheap prices $5 – $30. What’s the catch? A good portion of the audience is not even in your country of residence! So, if you are promoting to your target market, (let’s say for instance, I’ve been building an audience in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area) and I use the promoted post for $5 and it says it will reach up to 3,000 people. I THINK I’m getting a great deal because I’ve worked like crazy to build my fan-base in the metro Atlanta area.  Look who this ad actually reached.  Yes, the ad DID reach some people in the United States, but look at all the other countries!  How many of those 3,020 impressions do you think were actually shown to MY target market?  So, do you think the $5 investment was such a great deal after all?  Even though there were some reactions, comments, etc… if the ad had been more focused on MY target market, there would have been a LOT more activity.

So, the next time you decide to purchase a Facebook ad, make sure you pay attention to exactly who will be seeing the ad before you click that purchase button!

Have you purchased a promoted post?  What was your experience?