Facebook for the Newbie

Scared of Social Media? Not connected? Facebook can fix that for you.

If you are a small business owner it is becoming almost impossible to avoid some kind of social media presence and for many people it is a scary other-world best left to either teenagers or big companies. Indeed social networks can feel extremely overwhelming – Twitter with the hashtags, Instagram and photos, Linked-in for business and networking  and for anyone who did not jump on the social media train in the last few years, it can seem like an insurmountable, scary  task.

If you are one of those social media phobes Facebook can be a great entrance point in to that scary world. According to Digital Insights Facebook has 1.89 billion active monthly users. A crazy huge number that I am sure as a social media phobe not only scares you but may make you feel stupid. Really stupid. You may feel like you and your great- grandma are the only two people on earth not on Facebook.

Facebook is Easy

The truth is Facebook is easy. It is the one social network where you can set up an account and easily find friends. Maybe you already have a Facebook account that your niece set up for you some years ago that is sitting there collecting cyber dust. Maybe you have never set up an account before. Regardless of your ranking on the newbie scale, Facebook can fix your phobia.

Setting up a personal account on Facebook and getting comfortable with it is the perfect entrance to the social media world. You don’t need to share enormous amounts of personal information and you can begin to build your confidence enough to eventually open a business page. If anything, you will not be one of the few people left who does not have a social media presence. You can stop feeling like a pariah. You will have kicked the doors of the cyber world and you might even enjoy it. You might even get hooked.

A few easy guidelines to keep you from being overwhelmed on Facebook

  • Get someone who knows Facebook well to help you set up your account. It shouldn’t be hard with 1.89 billion people using it. Have them check your privacy settings to make sure you are protected.
  • Find a few close friends you know who are on Facebook and send a friend request. Start with 10. After they have accepted your request you will start to see other requests and people will may start posting to your timeline
  • You don’t have to answer back.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to like other people’s postings you see on your newsfeed. If you see a friend’s post that is interesting or a photo they have posted that makes you happy, like it. People want their posts to be liked.
  • Search your friend’s Facebook page for other pages they like. This is a good way to find all kinds of interests that you may have. Your favourite magazine, news channel, local restaurant. You can also do a search. Very easy.
  • If you are not comfortable posting you can always share things you find interesting that come through your newsfeed. A friend posted a funny video that made you laugh, a relevant blog, a recipe? Click share and post it to your timeline.
  • Birthdays are always a good way to get used to writing on Facebook. You will get notifications that it is a friend’s birthday and an opportunity to write a message to them. Do it. You don’t have to write a note. Just a quick happy birthday will show on their timeline and will make them happy.
  • After you get more comfortable you may want to post a status. If you don’t wish to then that is ok too. Like and share other’s posts

These are just a few suggestions for the newbie. Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Spend a few hours a week getting comfortable with Facebook. Look at what other businesses are posting and within a few months you will be ready to manage your own business page.