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How to Use Facebook Debugger

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Facebook Debugger

Every day millions of links are shared on Facebook. And we know that the best way to get people to click on those shares is to have a good visual attached to them.

So when you have a piece of content that you want to share, you want to make sure it appears how you want it to appear. Nothing is as bad as a link share on Facebook that has an incorrect image attached.

That’s when Facebook Debugger can help.

What is Facebook Debugger?

Facebook Debugger is a tool that allows you to see “helpful feedback about your page markup,” Facebook says.

That means you can use it to see how the code of the website displays when shared on Facebook.

The results page will spill out a lot of technical information on what Facebook is seeing in the URL that you input.

How do you use Facebook Debugger?

All you need to do is open up Debugger and paste the URL into the field. The results page will give you the following:

  • scraped information
  • object properties
  • share preview
  • raw Open Graph document information
  • like button warnings that should be fixed
  • Open Graph warnings that should be fixed

How can you use this information?

Simply put, you can use this to make sure what you are about to share on Facebook is displaying how you want it to display. This is especially helpful to content creators.

One error that I see frequently is the correct thumbnail image is not displaying with the link preview. Using Facebook Debugger works to make sure the correct thumbnail image displays or can be chosen from among a handful. That ensures that the visual content you want shared is displaying correctly.

New share preview

As I mentioned, the results page gives a share preview. This is a new feature of the tool, and it’s one of the best features of it. Take a look at it:

Talk Tools on Social Media Day

June 23, 2014 1 comment

Social Media Day

Social Media Day is just a week away, on Monday, June 30.

And, as part of a day-long activities from the Social Solutions Collective, you can chat we me and Amy Baumcratz of Hospitality Social Magnet about tools on Twitter. The chat will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. CDT.

You can find more information about the Twitter chat and other events at the Social Solutions Collective page.

Your thoughts

What kinds of questions about tools would you like us to answer or address? Leave your questions in the comments and will will try to answer them.

4 Reasons You Should Use Listly as Your Blogroll

June 9, 2014 8 comments
listly-blogroll

An visual example of how Listly list looks when used as a blogroll.

I use a lot of social media tools in my weekly personal and professional lives. And one tool that I adore is Listly.

It’s pretty self-explanatory: It’s a tool to make, curate and vote on lists. But it can be much more than that if you harness it correctly.

What do you think when you first hear about a tool to make lists? Groceries, tasks to do and more, probably.

But Listly can be much more than just a tool for everyday tasks. It can be a tool that you can group similar things or ask a question or save things from around the web.

Yet one way Listly shines is as a blogroll tool. Here are 4 reasons why.

1. It’s open for collaboration

As a blogger, I have a small set of time to use to work on writing, editing and publishing. That’s why anything or any tool that I can use to save time is a good thing. Listly provides that with its open collaboration. Let others help curate a blogroll and you can focus your time on other pursuits.

2. You can embed it

What good is making a list if you can’t use it on your blog? No worries with Listly, though, as you can embed it on your blog and replace your long-standing, but often forgotten blogroll.

3. It’s visually heavy

Across social media, no matter where you look, one thing is common: Visuals stand out. So when you have a choice between making something stand out visually or having it be text-based or a drop-down menu, the visual way to display the information is the one that should win.

4. You have several display options

What are the best blogs to follow? Collaborators can let you know by voting, if you enable it. Then they can quickly see which are the best blogs to read. Or you can display it alphabetically, the default for a blogroll. Either way, you have options, and they don’t end with those two.

Listly is your blogroll

These are the main reasons why Listly should be the tool you use when you build your blogroll. (And hey, you can even use someone else’s list if you find one you like.)

But there are other great ways to use Listly on your blog, like for your guest blog posts. It’s a great tool to use

Social Media Super Tool Combo: Kippt + Feedly

March 10, 2014 2 comments
Kippt

A preview of the Kippt interface. If you use the social bookmarking tool along with Feedly, you’ll have a social media super tool combo.

I started a recurring column on my blog this year focusing on social combos, those times when two tools come together to do something special.

Let’s talk about that.

Ever since Google Reader announced its farewell, I’ve switched to Feedly. It’s been an amazing RSS tool, living up to how I used Reader. And one thing that has enhanced its features is Kippt, the social curation site.

On Kippt, you can create a list and curate things you find from around the web to that list.

And one of the features that is great is that you can take each list as an RSS feed and import it into Feedly.

There are a few lists that I use to fill up Feedly. The first is a read later Kippt list, on which I save any story, link or item from around the web that I just wasn’t able to finish consuming. It’s a great way to ensure I always get to see the content that I want.

The second is a Twitter favorites list. Basically, you use Kippt the same way, saving content from around the web. This used to work much more fluidly by aggregating everything you favstar on Twitter. And then the RSS would pick it up on Kippt and send it straight to my Feedly. But that functionality went away when Twitter closed off its API.

Still, you can use it the same way, but opening links from Twitter and then using the Kippt bookmark.

This is one way to ensure that all of your Twitter favorites will make it to a place where you can read later.

(It’s especially helpful if you’re like me and don’t use Instapaper or any sort of tool like that, and prefer to have all of your content flow in through one source. That’s RSS for me.)

And it’s just another example of how you can crush your everyday behaviors by combining social tools into a social media super tool combo.

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Social Wish List: Dailymile and Strava Channels on IFTTT

February 17, 2014 4 comments
The day when you hit your goal mileage -- 1,200 -- and your top speed -- 41.2 mph -- during the same ride. #bikeschool #Trek #SeenOnMyRide #cycling

I would love to be able to take the Strava data recorded on my smartphone and send it straight to Dailymile. Please, IFTTT, help put the Web to work for me.

I am an avid recreational cyclist. I love to go for long rides in the penetratingly exasperating heat of July. And I love to push my body to its fastest on tough short local courses.

Regardless of the type of ride that I go on, I log my miles and information into Dailymile, a social network dedicated to fitness.

But the app that I use to record my rides on my smartphone is Strava, a cycling-focused app that is used by the top professionals in the world.

This is where I would bring in IFTTT, putting the power of the web for my personal use. IFTTT is one of my favorite tools, and it performs functions that make my life so much easier. It automates tasks and chores that make my daily web use run smoother and faster, and it frees up my time to do other tasks, like being social on social media.

And while IFTTT does a great job expanding and growing, I would love to request that the site make channels for Strava and Dailymile.

I would love to see users create recipes that transfers data between the two networks. I would love to be able to record a ride on Strava with its GPS feature and have the map of my ride transferred to Dailymile.

Automation is where IFTTT shines, and this is one more way in which my social efforts could use some automation tricks.

Reader feedback: What channels would you like to see IFTTT include?

Social Media Wish List: Shared Facebook Lists

January 20, 2014 1 comment
Shared Facebook Interest Lists

Even though I have 25 followers on this Facebook interest list, none of them can help me curate the list.

If you’re like me, when you use social networks, you get inundated by the full stream of status updates, tweets, posts or whatever else appears.

That’s why you use segmented features to navigate the social networks that you use frequently.

Facebook and Twitter have lists while Google+ has circles and Pinterest has boards. As more and more people jump onto more and more social networks, segmented features become an invaluable tool for social network users to navigate through the parts that are most important to them.

Facebook lists

That’s exactly how I’ve come to use Facebook. I rely heavily on Facebook interest lists.

And that leads me to my social wish list, a list of feature that I would like to see on social networks. For Facebook, that means shared interest lists.

Right now Facebook lists work like this: You can combine pages and friends and people you follow onto a list. Do you want to have all of your TV shows together? Make it a part of an interest list.

You can do that for any topic, from hobbies to sports to entertainment and more. (I recommend making one for your hometown, including all the restaurants and municipal pages together, so you can keep tabs on what’s happening around your home.)

You can then share your list, and others can subscribe to it.

But what happens when someone who is following your list finds that they have a page to add to the list? Right now, the only choices that person has is to start their own list, replicating all the work already done, or to contact the list owner and let them know they are missing something they might want on their list.

That’s certainly the situation that I have encountered with some of the lists that I follow. Some of my Facebook friends have similar interests to me, as surely some of your friends have with you. So why do I need to make my own list of Wisconsin food producers when I could allow my friends to help me build it together instead of building ours independently?

How it could work

To me, shared Pinterest boards should be the model Facebook emulates. By that I mean one person starts a Facebook list and can give co-ownership to others to help curate that list. And, just as on Pinterest, others are free to subscribe to (or follow) the list.

Another example of what Facebook interest lists could strive for is Listly. On Listly, users make lists and can allow others to help add to those lists. Facebook lists could be set up similarly. Allow list creators the ability to open up list curation to others.

So, please, if anyone at Facebook is reading this, work on allowing users to give co-ownership of lists to others so that lists can be harnessed by the power of community.

Social Media Super Tool Combo: Storify + Scoop.it

January 13, 2014 2 comments
Storify and Scoopit

When you combine the social curation features of Storify with the visual display of the Scoop.it topic widget, you get a great way to supercharge your content marketing efforts.

If you haven’t realized it yet, I’m a huge fan of social media tools. But one thing I love more than that is combining social media tools to supercharge your social efforts.

Sometimes, even when you really love a specific tool, it just doesn’t have that one feature that you would like it to have.

But when you combine it with another tool, you get a great end product that highlights your social media efforts.

And that’s exactly what you can get when you combine the content curation of Storify and Scoop.it.

Storify’s missing piece

I’ve written a few blog posts about Storify and why and how I like to use it to curate content. I could go on and on about the features that I love about it.

But there’s one thing that bugs me about Storify.

I came to realize it when I started a social campaign using Storify to curate content weekly. I wondered what the best way to display it would be. After all, when I curate a standalone Storify, I can easily embed it on a blog post or web page. But when I make a series of Storify stories, the tool doesn’t have a great way to display them together.

That was especially important because the social campaign using Storify was part of a larger content marketing campaign, all of which was to be displayed on a singular web page.

Scoop.it Widget FTW

That’s when I turned to Scoop.it. On Scoop.it, you can curate topics with web links, media and more. And from there you can take that topic and, using Scoop.it’s Goodies menu, display that topic as a widget, embedded on your website.

There are certainly other sites where you can collect the Storify series content and display it as a widget. But the reason I liked Scoop.it over others is because its widget is deliciously photogenic, with any visual content taking up the width of the widget.

You can customize the widget and increase the width as well as tweak other settings.

And, best of all, since the links I added to Scoop.it were of the Storify embedded on a web page instead of at Storify.com, all of the traffic from the widget and the topic page pointed directly to the website I wanted the traffic to go to.

The next time you’re looking to put together a content marketing campaign using Storify, remember that you can supercharge your social media curation efforts by combining the tools of Storify and Scoop.it.

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