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It’s Mark Z’s Facebook and he can change it if he wants to

Nikki Parkinson Life 38 Comments

So there I was on Leap Year Night moseying around on Facebook minding everyone else’s, leaving a like here and constructive hastily added comment there,  when I clicked over to my Styling You page.

And found this little message from Mark Zuckerberg (I like to think he still types all the important stuff):

So there are certain words have been known to trigger certain reactions in me. NEW is one such word. SALE is another.

Mark used NEW twice. He had me. I pressed that Preview button, didn’t wait for the tour and then pressed Publish. Did I also mention that I’m an early adopter? Well, yes. I am. I need to be doing stuff first.

The whole this-doesn’t-take-effect-until-March-30 thing was lost on me. I wanted a new look and I wanted it now.

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So I got what I wanted.

Day 1 with my new look … my new Facebook frock, if you like … was not a happy one. Things I were posting weren’t sticking to the wall. People were seeing them in their news feeds but I couldn’t see them on my wall. WAH.

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I perserved.

Day 2 has been better.

Posts are sticking and I’m actually in love with the notification panel that tells you who’s been commenting and liking, who your new likers are … stuff I need to know and previously would have had to switch to “use Facebook as my page” to see.

What I also like is something that a lot of people DON’T like. You can no longer have a welcome or landing page on your Facebook wall. And quite frankly, HUZZAH! What makes me hang around someone’s Facebook page is the interaction that page has got going on. Is there a community there? Are there people talking to each other? Is it a two-way street? Yep, that’s what I like.

I also like the cover photo option. I like that I can change that as often as I like. To highlight something that I’ve been up to with one big photo. I know we’ll start to see some photo/graphic combos creep in (although there are strict guidelines around what you can include – it can’t be an ad, people!) but I’d like to think that page owners could get super creative with this space and make it a talking point for their page.

And Facebook page spammers watch out (I’ve been getting a few lately – bloody annoying and down right rude – be gone with you). You can alter your settings to have people have to ask for approval before posting on your wall. I haven’t done that yet but by jolly if the spamming continues I will. (Rant over … as you were)

Oh, and your likers can “message” your page. Just like an off-the-wall private message between friends.

The apps or tabs that used to run under your profile photo on the left hand side are now near the top of your page. You can choose which ones you want to be visible. I’ve found two this week you might like for your page.

Instagram Feed and Pinvolve.

Instagram Feed is, as you would expect, a feed of your latest Instagram photos. Pinvolve allows you – or someone on your page – to “pin” photos on your page to Pinterest. It’s a bit clunky at the moment and doesn’t necessarily bring up your most recent photo posts but I’m going to track how it goes as the concept is a good one.

If you’d like to know more about Facebook’s Page changes, head on over to Fat Mum Slim, Socially Sorted and Saucy Social Media. They’ve got a bit more nitty gritty with their run down of the changes.

In the meantime, due to the wonder that is the timeline now on my page, I thought I’d share the evolution of my style (and hair) since I started Styling You.

Your welcome.

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2009

2010

2011 

Do you use Facebook to market your blog or business? What do you think about changes? Have you swapped over yet? Has your hair changed much in 3.5 years?

 

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Comments 38

  1. Read this blog post a little late but I just wanted to add that I PUBLISHED, PUBLISHED, PUBLISHED my new timeline profile as soon as we were able to in Australia. I love and I’m obsessed. I especially adore choosing which AHmazing Stevie Nicks(my ultimate girl crush and idol) images I will be using for my cover photo.

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  2. I’ve been so scared to change mine over ever since I saw the message! I like that your post isn’t just a how do, but your actual experience (good and bad) which has spurred me on to sit down tonight and make the change! Fingers crossed!

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  3. Thanks so much for helping demystify the new look Facebook page. My NappyDaze account on f/b is severely neglected so perhaps its the perfect time to pimp it and make it work for me.

    PS Its almost criminal you can have so many different style to suit one face – lucky you!

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  4. Another early adopter here. As soon as I read Chantelle’s how to I was on board. As for my hair – I’ve stuck to a pretty similar style for the last three years but your short styles are inspiring me to go the chop 🙂

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      Thanks Louisa – and thanks for thinking of me at Big W 😉

      No, I don’t believe it’s spamming when you are adding to the conversation. It’s more when people randomly plug their business, event or product on your Facebook page without asking first.

      I’m all for the linky when we’re all talking about the same thing x

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  5. I too like the cover photo and notifications, but am frustrated at the timeline. I just don’t find it as easy to read and follow. But no use whining is there?

    As for my hair, over the past 3 1/2 years I have gone from blonde, to brown, to blonde, to short, to trying to be long, bangs, growing bags out, to brown, back to blonde, short again, now growing with side bangs. Phew! I’m exhausted.

    And PS. I love your bob in 2008, so classy!

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  6. I’m loving it so far. Think I’ll need to work on the rhythm of my posts to make sure I don’t leave the banal hanging around at the top too long. I don’t really understand what you mean by having trouble with ‘stickiness’ on the first day. Can you explain oh guru?

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      So what was happening on the first day was that I would post something on my wall and then it wasn’t actually sticking to the wall, wasn’t visible. It was, however, visible in the news feed. Seems all sorted now.

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  7. Hey Nikki,
    Like you I didn’t wait for the intro either, just pressed ‘publish’ and away we go! I LOVE the new look, especially the cover image. What a brilliant opportunity to show off beautiful branding! I’m also kinda glad the Welcome tab has gone – they were a pain in the butt to create. It’s fresh, colourful and much more interactive. Hooray for FB!
    Jeanne x
    PS Loving watching your journey and am keen to get to Big W for a spot of shopping!

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      Thanks Jeanne – the journey has been great – loving every minute! And love a fellow early adopter. Can’t wait to see what magic you work with your cover photos/graphics – especially with the new guidelines.

  8. I have to say that I love this latest round of changes and for the first time ever I did exactly what you did Nikki – as soon as i saw the message drom our mate Mark it was change change change PUBLISH!

    My heart broke a bit for a client who just paid us $500 to craft a great new welcome page for their fb page though 🙁

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  9. Ok – here’s another thing that you’ve inspired me to go out and do: Change the BusinessChic Facebook page: DONE!

    I like it. I haven’t changed my personal FB page to the new timeline because I find it to hard to look at but in terms of my FB page – I never had a launch page so the new look takes that off my to-do list = WIN!

    Now to build up some interaction! I love how you do it and always find myself getting engaged in the conversation on your wall – keep up the great work (I know you will!) xx

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    2. Thanks for the heads up Nikki. I hadnt even got to my page to make the change. So glad you’ve given me all the info about it and s glad you mentioned you cant do Welcome Pages anymore. That was on my immediate to do list.
      So glad I didnt spend hours last week learning it like I was going to.
      Love the hair styles. You are gorgeous no matter what your hair looks like!!
      Sue xx

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  10. Love the 2011 pic…you can certainly rock the smokey eye/nude lip combo- looks fantastic. Oh, and love the bob cut..always a classic.

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