5 Time Saver Tools for Facebook 20 comments


Facebook is one of my favorite forms of social media. Personally and professionally. But I can get sucked into a time vacuum when I log on sometimes.

I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Not only do I want to see what everyone is doing and saying on Facebook, I also want to connect with my readers and prospective book buyers on my fan pages.

So how can someone do that without losing 2 hours of their valuable time?

 

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I currently have 2 Facebook fan pages in addition to my personal page. Here is what I do to stay in the loop on fb, yet still manage my time wisely while doing so.

 

 

pages manager app

 

The Facebook Pages Manager app for your mobile device is a huge time saver. I have an iPhone and downloaded it from the iTunes App Store. It is available for Androids and other devices as well. This app allows you to check your fan page activity as well as post and respond as the fan page administrator. It takes the worry out of trying to switch from your personal fb page to your fb fan page so you can post accordingly. The bonus for this app is being able to switch between multiple fan pages if you manage more than one like I do. I have my app set for new activity alerts also. 

 

 

pages manager app

 

 

 

notifications icon for fb

 

 

Whenever I log on to Facebook (mobile or PC), I click the NOTIFICATIONS icon to view the most recent activity for my page. The NOTIFICATIONS icon is featured on personal pages and fan pages. The screenshot below shows the icon represented by a world map as depicted on a PC for my newest fan page, Acting On Her Behalf.

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When you click on the NOTIFICATIONS icon, you can view a drop down list of new activity for your page or related pages you designate. You can see a snippet of recent comments, friend requests accepted or LIKES, and other miscellaneous interactions. This gives you a bird’s eye view of the latest activity without having to scroll through your NEWS FEED or TIMELINE. To view more or less notifications, edit your SETTINGS.

 

activity log button

Recently I have been using the ACTIVITY LOG button on my personal page. It’s a perfect time saver for going back to activity that you want to explore more.

 

activity log icon

 

It gives you a breakdown of your LIKE activity, comments you posted, changes you made to your profile, etc. complete with links. Can’t remember which old friend you wished a Happy Birthday last week that had some neat quotes on their timeline? This is where you find it. What I especially like about the log is how it shows all the SHARES you have done on fb. Click YOUR POSTS and voila–they’re all there!  It’s like Pinterest for Facebook.

 

messenger app for fbThe Facebook Messenger App is another great mobile app. Available via iTunes App Store, for Androids, and other devices. This is a great tool for communicating quickly with personal acquaintances whose mobile number you don’t have. Or for sending out a group message–EVEN to contacts you are not connected to on fb. This separate app keeps all of your message correspondence in one place and gives you easy access to past communication.

 

 

link fan page

This fifth tool is a time saver for your new and future contacts more so than for you. As you may know, facebook fan page LIKES are only calculated by LIKES given from a personal Facebook page. Therefore, the “personal LIKE” is encouraged. However if the person giving the new LIKE does not have their fan page link listed on their personal page, it can be very difficult for the favor to be returned. I try my best to LIKE the fan page of everyone who did so for me. But I have encountered many people that I could not do that for because their fan page information was unobtainable. You can link up your fan page(s) to your personal page by editing the ABOUT section on your personal page. This directs prospective new LIKES to the applicable fan page. I recently updated my personal ABOUT section as shown below.

 

about fanpage link

 

 

 

Did you find these 5 tools helpful?

What would you add to this list?

How many fb fan pages do you have?

 

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20 thoughts on “5 Time Saver Tools for Facebook

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      When your fan page is linked to your personal one, someone can simply hover their mouse over the link to the fan page and click LIKE! Quick and easy. Thanks, Shawn.

  • Michell

    Hey Kimberly! I have the apps and love them, the only one I’m not doing is the “messenger”. I’ll have to check that one out! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving…yeah I’m sooo late with that one!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    I cannot deal with all these social networks. I have resolved to let my blog posts automatically go to my facebook page and I have been trying my best to engage for Visalus on my personal page bc that seems to be worth more of my time. I hope my FB loyals are still getting my content.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I know that you are a busy woman, Joi. I use the WordPress setting to have my posts go to Twitter automatically. I should try it with fb too. Thanks, girl!

  • Stacey Gannett

    Great post! I have had a personal page for years, and fan page for a few months. I am still trying to figure out how all of it works, to some degree. At least enough to utilize its full potential, which I don’t think that I am yet! Thank you so much for linking up for Meandering Mondays, Kimberly! Have a great week!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Facebook is constantly evolving and it can be a little challenging to figure it all out. There is an INSIGHTS feature on your fan page that can break down how your statuses and posts are being viewed. It’s very helpful. Thanks Stacey!

  • Aleshea

    Like the first comment I have been using Hootsuite as well. Really has helped me save time. I will log into a social media site and then spend more time than I should. Especially pinterest.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I try to use a timer or “allow” myself 30 minutes to an hour on a social media site. Pinterest and fb are my time traps. Thanks, Aleshea!

  • Michelle

    Facebook can be frustating to me, especially since they just came out and said that they’ll be showing less of of our pages updates yet again. It was nice that they suggested we could get our updates out there more by paying to boost them. I’ve been stewing on this for days and how to handle it. Great post though – very informative!!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I just read the article about Facebook’s latest changes. That is disheartening. I’m not willing to pay for promoting my Facebook posts. Thanks, Michelle!

  • Tara Simone

    Understand what you mean with getting lost in Facebook! Do it all the time (like now)! I’ve been using Hootsuite for a lot of my posting and can even look through my timeline/pages/groups on there also, so that’s cut down some of my time. The only thing I don’t like is I can’t tell if someone liked/shared my statuses.

    And I just added my blog onto my personal page! Thanks!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I have used Hootsuite but am still very green with it. I need to learn more about how to use it effectively. Thanks, Tara!