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  1. All social media platforms are designed for the living, so that we can connect and interact with other people online. But a platform like Facebook, which has been around for decades, has a lot of users who're no longer alive. So the social media giant rolled out some features like the ability to assign a legacy contact to be charge of one's account after they die. Now, Facebook has announced that it's rolling out more features for dead people and how these legacy contacts have more control over the deceased person's account. It's a really nice gesture, and we're glad that Facebook is offering these new features. However, we would have loved to see Facebook fixing its platform for the living first. You know, the privacy issues that are giving nightmares and keeping us away from the platform. © Reuters Anyway, Facebook has rolled out some meaningful features, so let's check them out. First off, Facebook has added the ability to manage a new 'Tribute' section where the loved ones can remember the deceased person and pay their respects. Facebook also noted that it's addressing some pressing complaints against how a dead person's account is handled. Now, for instance, before an account is 'memorialized', Facebook will verify whether the person is actually dead. Only after a successful verification will the legacy contact be able to control the account. Also, only a friend or a family member can request to have an account memorialized. Lastly, the company also said they will use AI tools to prevent sending birthday reminders and friend recommendations for deceased users. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said, “We know the loss of a friend or family member can be devastating - and we want Facebook to be a place where people can support each other while honouring the memory of their loved ones.” © Facebook Yeah, all these features, as we said, are really useful for the legacy contact, but we'd rather have the company focusing on fixing privacy issues for the living. Really, we all have some serious doubts on Facebook and how it handles our account and private information. If things keep escalating at the same rate and if people keep quitting the platform due to privacy reasons, then there will be no dead people's account or legacy contacts in the first place.
  2. Just when I thought Facebook was done screwing up its user's privacy, a new report just popped up saying that Facebook's employees had access to hundreds of millions of user passwords. Good job, Facebook! Yesterday, when an independent security journalist named Brian Krebs reported about this mistake, Facebook issued a press release to confirm the same and said it discovered the mishap during a “routine security review in January.” Here's the best part - The press release was titled “Keeping Passwords Secure”. LOL! © Reuters Krebs' report noted that anywhere between 200 to 600 million people are affected due to this mistake, which shouldn't have happened in the first place. In fact, it looks like some passwords were found in archives dating back to 2012. The social media site estimates that hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Looks like the issue has been fixed and it will notify everyone affected. © Pexels According to Facebook, there's no evidence that plain text passwords were exposed outside of the company, neither were they abused internally. So, it says even the affected users don't necessarily need to change their passwords, but I'd still change it if I were you. I am sure you know that this isn't the first security breach that Facebook and its users are dealing with. All we've been hearing about is Facebook and it's privacy issues. It all started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and it's just been a string of bad security issues. People even started dumping Facebook, which I once wondered was the right thing to do. But now, I have some serious trust issues and I wonder if it's time to dump the platform for real.
  3. Earlier this week, Facebook and Instagram were out of commission for several hours. Facebook said the outage was a result of a server configuration change, which has now been taken care of. But for those several hours, most of the internet freaked out staring at their blank screens. A lot of people, who genuinely wanted to communicate with others, switched to alternate services like Telegram. But the rest of the people, who didn't really have any alternate medium to waste their time, headed to, wait for it, Pornhub. © Pornhub Yes, that's right. Pornhub seems to have received a lot of traffic during the Facebook and Instagram outage. The porn site reported that its traffic immediately spiked by 11 per cent and kept increasing until it hit 19-percent above the average. Additionally, Pornhub also noted that the users specifically searched for 'Instagram' and 'Facebook'. Apparently, the website registered a 323-percent spike in searches for 'Instagram' and a 221-per cent spike in searches for 'Facebook'. Looks like social media addiction is a real thing. © Twitter On a totally unrelated note (or maybe not), people were also searching for terms like 'tentacle porn' among other terms like WWE, Marvel, and Fortnite. Why would there be a spike in search for these terms when Facebook and Instagram went down? Well, that's not on us to figure out.
  4. The worst thing that could ever happen, happened. Instagram and Facebook were down for over eight hours. Yeah, the internet went through a dark time today. But, at least we were all in this together. Both the websites were down for everyone across the globe and not one particular area was being personally victimized. What do you do when two of the biggest social media websites are down? Turn to a third social media website, of course. Who wants to go and experience the world like people did before internet and social media? Twitter became everyone's knight in shining armour and everyone flocked to the site to complain about the other two sites. But, since it's Twitter, the complains soon turned into jokes and memes because that's just what you do on Twitter, okay. #Instagramdown and #Facebookdown started trending soon, right on track. Me: *uninstalls Instagram* Me: *downloads it again* Me: *tries to log in* Instagram: Sorry there was a problem with your request Me:#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/eHvbe0C3uw — IG @lainatheleech (@lilhomielaina) March 14, 2019 It was a good time to take shots at the website. I can't even tell if instagram is down because the pic at the top of my feed is from two days ago which seems about right based off their terrible feed algorithm. — Korey Kuhl (@koreykuhl) March 13, 2019 That gif tho. me calling instagram headquaters#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/dexGLFfVjG — ð ððð (@bratfrmdasouth) March 14, 2019 Twitter people are superior. All these poor folks flocking over from Instagram. Finally seeing where the memes get made. It's like learning what hotdogs are. Hurts doesn't it? — ditch pony (@molly7anne) March 13, 2019 So many personal problems. Yo @instagram I just went public with my girlfriend last night and I have to post a few more pictures of us to be annoying/show her off. Can you fix yourself soon? — Colton Underwood (@colton) March 13, 2019 Their careers are over now. Every Instagram model right now... #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/NBWG3VmSvO — Dylan (@dylan_harr) March 14, 2019 At least that was still working. With Instagram being down I've had no choice but to check my LinkedIn out of pure boredom — Kirsten King (@KirstenKing_) March 13, 2019 That video is horrifying. me running to twitter when instagram stops working#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/hWQRgtFTvA — ð¿ (@jinstoez) March 14, 2019 So inconvenient. Instagram is down?! How am I supposed to compare myself to others and go down a spiral of stalking people who appear happier than me? Ugh. Inconvenient. — Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) March 13, 2019 Send thoughts and prayers. What if Instagram never gets fixed?? So many models will lose their livelihood, careers instantly destroyed. Instagram model unemployment skyrockets, and girls who post about Fit Tea will be lined up outside of soup kitchens. THIS IS SO SCARY, PRAY FOR THESE WOMEN. #instagramdown — The Fat Jewish (@FATJEW) March 13, 2019 They wish. Every influencer who posted before the breakdown: Wow did I break Instagram — Meredith Foster (@MeredithFoster) March 13, 2019
  5. Facebook and Instagram users in India can now use licensed Indian music in their posts and videos, as the company has signed licensing deals with three of India's top music labels including T-Series, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films. Licensed music from these labels can be used in social experiences such as videos, messages, stories and other creative content on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook noted that the posts and videos, which users choose to share on the platform, can be made more meaningful and personal with music. © Instagram Thanks to this partnership, users can include their favorite tracks from popular Bollywood films including the latest hits like Apna Time Aayega from 'Gully Boy', Aankh Marey from 'Simmba', Swag Se Swagat from 'Tiger Zinda Hai', as well as regional hits like Lahore by Guru Randhawa, Zingaat from 'Sairat' plus old classics like Bas Ek Sanam Chaahiye from 'Aashiqui'. Commenting on the partnership, Facebook India's Director and Head of Partnerships, Manish Chopra said, “Music has always been a powerful medium of expression. We are excited about partnering with the music industry in India and the idea that people here will be now be able to include music in their videos on Facebook and Instagram, opening up more options for more ways to express and sharing memories with friends and family.” Facebook signed its first ever music label deal in December of 2017 with Universal Music Group, and the company now has licensing partnerships with different labels across 40 countries.
  6. Mark Zuckerberg entered 2018 by making a promise of fixing Facebook. Well, we all can agree that it didn't go as planned. In fact, 2018 was the year in which Facebook was embroiled in controversies like the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Amidst all that, the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw his wealth fall down by a huge margin. © Reuters Mark's net worth fell by $9 billion in 2018 and he slipped three places on the Forbes 2018 global billionaires list. (https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/#490e7b9b251c) According to Forbes, Mark's estimated net worth is $62.3 billion, down from $71 billion last year. Facebook itself lost more than a fifth of its value, as it endured data breaches and government investigations. As the CEO of Facebook, who owns nearly 17-per cent of the stock, it's not really all that surprising to see his net worth taking a dip. Mark Zuckerberg is now the eighth richest person in the world, compared to his fifth position last year. The top three spots in the list, however, remained unchanged. © Reuters Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is in the first place with an estimated net worth of $131 billion. He is followed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet with an estimated net worth of $95.6 billion and $82.5 billion respectively. Other noteworthy names in the list include India's Mukesh Ambani and Kylie Jenner, who's now dubbed the youngest self-made billionaire.
  7. This is the support topic for the tutorial How to register with facebook ID and status updates.. 03/29/2016 12:47 PM = The date the tutorial was added 03/29/2016 12:47 PM = The date the tutorial was updated Please post here if you have any questions or feedback.
  8. It's no surprise Facebook has been losing its most lucrative bunch of users, the teens, lately. It has become a universal rule, every social network slowly starts seeing a decline in the number of active users over a period of time. This is because users are always looking for something different and get carried away with fads. Facebook killed Orkut and MySpace, and there was a time when we saw Snapchat taking over the reins. But, unlike the previous cases, Facebook has become a behemoth and acquired loads of interesting companies that'll ensure its survival. © Twitter Though, it hasn't given up on luring users back to the classic platform. How do you attract teens in 2019? Well, with memes. The social media giant is working on a whole new section called LOL that will apparently have bone-tickling memes and GIFs that can be used to share on the platform. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company is experimenting with the idea. It's supposed to be a simple piece of software featuring a feed of memes and GIFs categorized by topics like “dogs” and “pranks,” and Facebook is currently testing it with 100 high school users. Similarly, Facebook had also tested "Facebook Watch", the company's video-centric tab to take on competition from YouTube. © TechCrunch From TechCrunch's screen grabs, LOL's design and features draw comparisons to Snapchat's Discover feed. But Facebook has yet to decide whether LOL will exist as a standalone app, or as a feature within the existing app. The social network also owns the popular image sharing social network Instagram and instant messenger WhatsApp. These two combined give the company unprecedented backup options, but Facebook wants its users to be on Facebook. While teens have flocked new apps, Facebook is now often said to have been taken over by parents. © TechCrunch According to a study from the Pew Research Center, teens and young adults in the US are leaving Facebook for other social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat. The study reveals that only 51 per cent of teens aged between 13 and 17 use Facebook in the US. Every effort to lure the younger crowd has failed and with newer genres like TikTok coming in, the company faces even more challenges. Last year, thanks to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and repeated privacy flags have dented the social network's reputation. Source: TechCrunch
  9. Looks like tech gods of all social media platforms have realised the power of 'unsending' a message and following the suit of Whatsapp and Instagram, Facebook will soon allow you to take back anything on the messenger and delete it within 10 minutes you hitting 'send'. INTERESTING... Facebook Messenger's long-awaited delete messages feature will only give you a 10 minute window to remove a message in a chat pic.twitter.com/ew1z2WPXbc — Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 7, 2018 So while it is a great tool to delete anything you need to take back, one needs to remember that it is still not a solution for a night of binge drinking and drunk texting. You have a window of 10 minutes only and you need to make good use of it. So if you accidentally sent a photo, a video or wrote something in rage, Facebook has got your back.
  10. Not long ago, WhatsApp rolled out a feature that let you delete sent messages for a particular time period. This 'unsend message' feature comes in extremely handy when you send the wrong person a text, and end up apologising profusely. In this case, Facebook could soon be rolling out the "unsend" feature for Messenger, that would allow users to retract sent messages not only from their inboxes but also from the entire chat thread. Tech tipster Jan Manchun Wong tweeted screenshots of the feature running in the Android version. Jan dug through the apps update code and came across a new feature addition that indicates there's a 'time limit'- giving users only a certain amount of time after they send a message to unsend it. Facebook Messenger is finally working on "Unsend Message" in the app for everyone! Tip @Techmeme pic.twitter.com/5OtQmyID3 — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 12, 2018 Currently, Messenger users are only able to delete messages from their inbox, though the sender/recipient will be able to see the message in his/her inbox. This feature first came to focus when CEO Mark Zuckerberg was able to delete messages from the inbox of various recipients in April this year. When you press and hold on to the message, an 'unsend' button pops up next to 'delete'. The latter option will only remove the message from your end, while the unsend button will ensure that the message is removed from the receiver's end as well. © Reuters On other news, WhatsApp is also bound to get a new update that will alter the time period in which one has to delete sent messages. Currently, messages can be called back within 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds of being sent, WhatsApp will now be extending this time frame to 13 hours, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds. LIMITS UPDATED! WhatsApp has updated the "Recipient limit". What does it mean? If you delete a message for everyone, but the recipient won't receive the revoke request within 13h, 8m, 16s (maybe because the phone was off), the message will **not** be revoked. ..(1/2) — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 11, 2018 According to WABetaInfo, the change is intended to be a protection against modded users that revoke messages sent weeks, months and years ago. It is unclear whether the new change has already been implemented for all WhatsApp users or it will take some time to reach the entire WhatsApp user base. The same remains the case for Messenger. A timeline on the feature roll-out isn't officially available from Facebook yet, but we expect it to hit the app stores in the coming weeks.
  11. Reports circulating have indicated that the company was planning to earn revenue from WhatsApp by placing ads in its users' statuses. It is now planning to allow advertisements to be displayed in the 'Status' section of the app. WhatsApp's 'Status' feature allows users to share text, photos, videos, and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. © YouTube According to a tweet by WABetaInfo, Facebook has already started implementing ads in the Status section of the social messaging app. They are not visible yet, but the feature will be enabled in the future. WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.305: WhatsApp is implementing in this version ads for Status. They are not visible yet and the feature will be enabled in future. — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 5, 2018 According to previous media reports, the advertisements would be powered by Facebook's native advertising system and would be aimed at helping users understand and participate in businesses using the messaging app. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, one of the largest advertising companies in the world. The report states that Facebook could implement ads on WhatsApp in a way, that is similar to Instagram's 'Stories' feature. The move has been making the rounds ever since Facebook acquired WhatsApp, since that is one of the very few successful ways of monetization. © WhatsApp Thankfully, WhatsApp has firmly always said that all chat content is encrypted and cannot be viewed by the company itself. Meaning, Ads will not be targeted to you based on your chats or interests. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left the company last year, in his interview to Forbes last month also hinted towards the ways the platform could be monetized. Acton said that he had disagreements with Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg over WhatsApp's business model and that the company zeroed on two ways to earn revenue from the app. © Brian Acton / Picture by Recode WhatsApp has been free to use since its inception, while the company did charge a nominal fee in the early stage, it soon stopped the subscription model and has been completely free to use since then. Four years after its acquisition by Facebook for US$ 19 billion, WhatsApp now has over 1.5 billion users and will reportedly carry targeted ads from 2019, on a platform that has been ad-free till date. Source: Twitter
  12. Facebook keeps on updating its social website with interesting features which sometimes turn into annoying ones. But this time Facebook has got an update which we all were long waiting for. Can you guess? It's the sweet reaction GIF which has finally got its place on Facebook. After a months-long test of the feature, Facebook has announced that it's finally rolling out support for GIFs in Facebook comments. Interesting! Isn't it? From today, anyone can add a GIF to a Facebook comment using a new GIF button that appears alongside the emoji picker. Much like the GIF button in Facebook Messenger, the new GIF comments are sourced from Facebook's GIF partners, including Giphy, Tenor, and Disney. But, wait. There are also a few limitations. Though you can search for GIFs using the feature's built-in search, adding a specific GIF you have in mind may be a bit more difficult. You can't upload your own GIFs or post GIFs via a URL like you can with a normal Facebook post. Facebook users exchanged nearly 13 billion GIFs on Messenger in 2016 alone, according to the company, which works out to about 25,000 GIFs each minute.
  13. Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon has become the latest casualty after news broke in March that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data. Photo; Reuters Facebook has suspended another analytics based firm from...
  14. Representative image. Social media platform Facebook is now helping voters in Pakistan identify their constituencies and make sure their votes are registered. Over 33 million Pakistanis actively use the platform, according to an estimate. In...
  15. Representative image. Photo: FileMENLO PARK: Facebook on Wednesday built on its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence.The new tactic being...
  16. The social media platform has designated special teams ahead of the elections to have a crackdown against the fake accounts, file photoKARACHI: Social media giant Facebook sent a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday apprising...
  17. The parents argue the contents of their daughter's Facebook account are legally identical to a private diary or letters. Photo: Online BERLIN: German judges will rule Thursday on Facebook users? "digital legacy", or the fate of their private...
  18. A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration. Photo: Reuters Britain?s information regulator slapped Facebook with a small but symbolic fine for breaches of data protection law after millions of users? data was...
  19. Photo: OnlineSYDNEY: Facebook could face a hefty compensation bill in Australia after a leading litigation funder lodged a complaint with the country´s privacy regulator over users´ personal data shared with a British political consultancy.The...
  20. Facebook said it is taking various steps ahead of the July 25 electionKARACHI: Facebook has ramped up its its efforts to ensure they doing everything they can to prevent abuse, working in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan to...
  21. Are you a member of a busy Facebook Group? Do you find it overwhelming trying to sort through all the posts to find something posted the day before? Are you now missing new posts and only seeing them a few days later? Facebook Groups are tempting to use as they are free to set up but is this the best decision for the future of your business? At the beginning with just a handful of members, things may fun fine. But fast forward to where your group becomes busy with thousands of members posting and reading. Your group becomes overwhelming. You find it hard to locate posts made on previous days and search is of no use. It is getting harder to keep on top of troublesome and spamming members. Worse still, Facebook's changing algorithms mean that your members are not seeing every post you make. You do as Facebook asks and link your page to your group to find that you must now boost posts to reach your members. This is getting to be a very common scenario. Even more worrying are rumours that Facebook is bringing advertising to groups. Will this allow your competitors to target your hard won membership? Will Facebook roll out the "Discover" tab across all continents? This alone has destroyed organic reach for many brands. What would you do if Facebook blocked your account for a week? Would your sales suffer? There is a way to take back control of your membership and secure your business' future. Building your business on your own land is a powerful way of retaining complete control over your community regardless of what happens to Facebook longer term. Created in 2002, Invision Community has always adapted to the changing habits of the internet. Our latest product is clean, modern, mobile ready and equipped to integrate with social media. It can power your conversations, website and shopping cart. It features single click Facebook sign in and tools to promote scheduled content to your Facebook page. We recently wrote why you shouldn't settle for a Facebook Group when building a community. The benefits of an owned Invision Community are: You own your own data. Your data is not mined for Facebook's benefit. Make it yours by branding it your way You're no longer boxed in by the Facebook format Seamless integration to your shopping cart for more monetization opportunities Set up permission levels to better control what your members can see Lets dig in a look at some of the tools you can leverage to make the migration easier. Mobile Ready Invision Community works great on your mobile. It resizes the page perfectly to match whichever device you are using. You don't need to install special apps or mess with themes. It just works out of the box. Facebook Sign In The first thing you'll want to do is turn on Facebook Sign In. This adds the familiar Facebook button right on the sign in page and register form. Clicking this logs them into your new community with their Facebook account. It even imports their profile photo so they are familiar with other members. Make use of embeds A great way to keep incorporating content from your Facebook Group or Page is to use embeds. Post a link to your content on Facebook and it transforms into a rich media snippet. Social Promotions Share your community content with your Facebook Page. Click the "Promote" button on any content item and you can customize the text and images shared. The promotion system offers a full scheduling system much like Buffer or Hootsuite. This is all built in at no extra cost. Find Your Content Unlike a Facebook Group, your Invision Community makes it easy to find older content. A powerful feature is activity streams. These are customizable "feeds" much like the Facebook News Feed but completely editable to you and your members needs. You can even make this the first page your members see for easy content discovery. Use Clubs Clubs allow sub-communities to run inside your main community. Let's look at a real world example. A FitPro has several different fitness products for sale. Each product is a Facebook Group. She posts daily workouts and answers member's questions. Using many groups can be very time consuming to manage. Clubs puts these sub-communities right on the page making it easy to drop in and update. These Clubs can be private and members invited to join allowing full privacy. This is like a closed Facebook group. We're only scratching the surface of what Invision Community can offer you. You can take back control of your membership and be free from the fear that Facebook will change something that will impact your sales. We're experts in this field with 16 years of experience. We've helped grow thousands of communities from the very biggest brands to the smallest of niches. We'd love to talk to you about your needs.
  22. Social media promotion should be a part of any marketing strategy. Curating interesting content from your community and sharing to social media channels like Facebook and Twitter is a great way to drive traffic to your site. Invision Community 4.2 introduced Social Media Promotions to allow this. You hit the promote button, fill out the text to share with each service, click which photos to include and schedule the promotion or send it immediately. We use this feature almost every single day to share highlights to our Invision Community Facebook page and Twitter. This feature has had a significant impact in attracting visitors to our blog. This is now a core part of our marketing strategy. So what's new in Invision Community 4.3? Facebook Groups and Pages A popular feature request was to allow sharing to Facebook groups that you are an administrator of, as well as Pages you own. Not only that, but we now allow you to share to many places at once. When setting up Facebook, you can choose which Facebook properties to be used when promoting. When sharing content, you can choose where to share it to right on the dialog. Here you can see that we're sharing to two of three possible places. "It's a secret" is a Facebook Group (which makes it a pretty poor secret). The "Lindy Throgmartin Fan Club" is my favourite page on all of Facebook. What it lacks in members, it makes up for in enthusiasm. You may also notice that the Facebook box is empty. Facebook have very strict guidelines on sharing content. They prefer that you do not auto-populate the content. You can always access the item's original content on the promote dialog, so you can refer to it. Setting a custom page title When you share to social media channels, you also have the opportunity to add to the 'Our Picks' page. We've made it possible to add a custom title for the Our Picks page so you don't have to use the content item title, although this is still the default. Editing an Our Pick When editing an item shared to 'Our Picks', you now have the option of editing all the data, including the title and the images attached. The Our Picks page showing the custom title Thanks to your feedback, we saw several places that we can improve this already popular feature. We hope you enjoy these changes which makes your social promotion strategy even easier to execute. I know we'll be making good use of them!
  23. Whether you run an existing community or are taking tentative first steps into setting up an online community forum around your brand, an important choice you need to make is between social networks like Facebook or having a community you own and control. Let's take a look at the benefits of an owned community versus a Facebook group - as well as how you can still use Facebook (and other social media platforms) to your advantage. You own your data The biggest point to consider when using Facebook groups is that you do not own your own data. Facebook owns it and does not even allow you direct access to it. If you decide later to move to a different platform, need to run reports to extract meaningful insights, or otherwise work with your community data: you are out of luck. In contrast, with an Invision Community, your data is your data. You can use it in any way that makes sense for your goals; be it analyzing trends, sending promotions to users, or generating reports and statistics. We never hold your data hostage and there's no fee to get it. Beyond owning the data, you also control how it's used and presented. Facebook is notorious for changing algorithms for when (or even if) people see your posts. When you run your own community the experience for your and your users is in your control. Branding opportunities This is a big one. An owned community gives you the tools you need to make your community a seamless part of your user's interaction with your business. This naturally includes your brand styles (your logo, colors, site navigation and so on) but also your community web address (URL). With an owned community, your URL will be easy to find - customers normally opt for something like forum.yourname.com or community.yourname.com. Users will have more confidence that they're in the right place, and more closely associate your community and your message with your brand. Emails sent out by your owned community can also carry your branding, consistently reinforcing that connection between your business and your community. And, of course, when users share content from your community to Facebook and other social networks, they're sending users directly to your website where you have the opportunity to lead with your most important call to actions. More control over user experience All Facebook groups are, essentially, the same experience and yet your business needs almost certainly aren't the same as every other. One size doesn't necessarily fit all when it comes to community! When you control your own community, you have the ability to control your user's experience. Need to show specific types of data in specific places? You can do that (and more) with Invision Community's easy to use Blocks feature. Need to create a custom community application to serve as a resource center for product support? You can do that too. Another huge benefit of this control is that, unlike a Facebook Group, users won't be seeing ads and 'recommended content' from competing businesses and communities. With user attention being pulled in so many directions these days, the last thing your community needs is for users to leave because Facebook has suggested a competitor! No barriers to monetization Not all communities require a monetization strategy. In many cases, the community is part of a larger customer relationship strategy rather than a revenue-generating destination in its own right. But for those communities that do plan to monetize, options with a Facebook group are at best difficult to act upon, and at worst practically non-existent. In contrast, Invision Community gives you the opportunity to explore monetization strategies that work for you. These might include paid subscription plans (a particularly attractive option for fan club communities), traditional advertising through Google AdSense and other networks, or sponsorship deals with other businesses that might be relevant to your members. Invision Community has tools for each of these approaches built in, allowing you to start monetizing with minimum fuss. Fine-grained permission controls Facebook groups struggle to reflect the real-world roles that staff members play in your organization, limiting your choices to 'administrator' or 'moderator'. And the same is true of users, too - your options for recognizing different levels of user (such as VIPs, or brand ambassadors) are limited. Invision Community is different. Since you are creating and configuring each member group, you can precisely control who can see what, and how they are recognized within the community. You can even sync these roles via Single Sign-On (SSO) making setup and assigning users to groups painless. For staff groups, you can limit access to key community functions based on roles or responsibilities, ensuring access is granted on an as-needed basis only. For users, you can get creative and find a group structure that works best for your specific needs. For example, support communities often find that recognizing the most knowledgeable and helpful members with a new member group (complete with elevated permissions) is a great way of engaging users. And finally, with this control over access, it's very easy to create restricted areas of the community. Whether you want to create a private subforum that staff can use to coordinate tasks or a file repository that's only available to subscribers, Invision Community can achieve it. You can still reap the Facebook benefits Setting up your community within Facebook's walls might not be the best approach for you. That doesn't mean you should ignore Facebook, however. On the contrary, it's an influential platform and there's a very good chance your users are already using it. Invision Community offers a number of tools that allow you to benefit from Facebook while avoiding the drawbacks we discussed. We'll go into more detail on utilizing social media in a future article, but to summarize: Invision Community features social sign-in options, enabling users to register and log in using their existing social media accounts, substantially reducing onboarding friction. Content can promoted by staff back to your social network pages, automatically and on a schedule you decide. Invision Community supports automatic embedding of a wide number of social networks (and other services), allowing users to share their favorite Facebook and Twitter posts and spark a whole new conversation - but this time in your community. Summary When you are creating an online community for your business or hobby it is important to think about your goals and future growth by choosing a platform that is there to work for your needs. When you establish your community on Facebook, you're helping to grow someone else's business (including, potentially, your competitors!) and hoping that some of those spoils fall to you. With an owned community, the rewards of your hard work belong to you and your business alone. Invision Community has been enabling users and businesses to communicate online since 2002, and we're proud of our reputation as a platform that puts control in your hands. Contact us if you'd like to discuss how we can help you too.
  24. This is the support topic for the tutorial How to share Statuses or Topics in Facebook. 04/18/2016 04:57 PM = The date the tutorial was added 04/18/2016 04:57 PM = The date the tutorial was updated Please post here if you have any questions or feedback.
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