Facebook is a valuable tool for anyone wishing to promote themselves and gain an audience. Writers are no different. Facebook allows authors to connect with their readers and advertise their upcoming book signings and new book releases.
Facebook is great, you might say, but how do I use it?
I thought you'd never ask :).
What is Facebook?
According to Mashable.com, Facebook "is the world’s largest social network, with more than 900 million users. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 while he was attending Harvard University. The company’s 2012 IPO and valuation of about $100 billion are among the largest in tech history. In April 2013, Facebook revealed Facebook Home, a home screen for Android phones that integrates the Facebook experience into other functions on your device."
Not everyone is on Facebook, but a heck of a lot of people are, especially writers, editors, and agents.
Let's make a Facebook account.
If you haven’t made a Facebook account yet, I suggest you do that now at www.facebook.com
Click on the “Sign Up” button
Fill in the pertinent information. (I suggest you get an extra email account to handle your social media stuff. This way, if you do get spam, it won’t clog up your normal email. But it’s certainly up to you.)
Step 1. Then Facebook will ask “Are your friends already on Facebook?” but you don’t have to check for friends at this time. At the bottom right is “Skip this step.”
Then, Step 2, it will ask you for your profile information, like where you went to school, where you work. You don’t have to fill this in at this time, or ever.
Then Step 3 is your Profile Picture. You can upload a picture, take one from your webcam, or skip it.
Then you will get your page. At the top it will ask you to go to your email and follow the instructions in the email that Facebook sent you. This way, they can check that you are a real person. From there you will “Complete the process” by clicking on the link they sent you.
Once you click on that link, you will be redirected to your Facebook page!
Now you can “Update Status” (which will create your Timeline, a list of posts you made) which is how you type in stuff to your readers or followers. Try typing something in and click “Post.”
You will see your post “streamed” below the status input box.
Now, when you are in your “stream” page, aka your Timeline, you won’t see your landing page.
Look back on my page 1. See the header with me in front of a wooden shoe store? (That was taken in Holland.) That is my landing page. Other people, IF they go to http://www.facebook.com/alleypat will see that page. Otherwise, they will view their “friends” on a streamed page just like the one above. Of course, that is, if you have friended some other Facebook followers :).
The Facebook menu
While you are looking at my landing page, look on the left side. You will see a vertical line of small images. This is part of the menu. Here you have the links to "newsfeeds," "events" and several of my "pages." You are welcome to click on any of them and explore.
Your Facebook page will have the same types of small image links, though not necessarily the same ones. For instance, you won't have any "pages" because you haven't made any yet. That will be the content of my next post.
If you have a Facebook account, would you share it with us please? Mine is alleypat or http://www.facebook.com/alleypat
Have fun Facebooking!