Facebook Timeline for Authors – Part 1

20/03/12 6:00 AM

As many of my regular blog readers know, I’m a Facebook junkie. I spend waaay too much time on the social medium, but it’s fun, and I love engaging with readers, friends, and family alike.

In the past, I’ve always resisted Facebook’s changes, but I’m really loving Timeline for brand pages (I’ve done nothing with Timeline on my personal FB page).

Here are some of the enhancements that I’m really digging:

  • The cover image…and the fact FB has some pretty strict restrictions as to what you can and can’t include. These restrictions are actually freeing in a way, because it’s less about selling and more about fun and visual appeal. I have two cover images at the moment, and I imagine I’ll be alternating between the two.
  • The apps above the fold (those three boxes to the right of the “photos” box). I’ve modified my original welcome image, but I’m still using it for my FB ads. And I’ve created a Q&A for fans (click on the image to the right, and you’ll be brought to the page on my FB Timeline).
  • Milestones. These are the moments you highlight throughout your brand’s “life.” In this case, I am the brand, so I chronicled my writerly life from birth to present day. People can click on a year, like 1979, and see what I was up to.

All of these enhancements create a more engaging page. If someone “likes” an author’s page, there’s a good chance the person is curious to know more about the author (I know I love learning about my favorite authors and hunger for “insider” insights and info).

Anyhow, you can check out my new FB page here. Definitely let me know what you think of it.

How about you? Do you like Timeline (either for brand pages and/or for personal pages)? Share your thoughts in the comments.

(By the way, on Thursday, I’ll have a post that will essentially be a “cheat sheet” on everything you need to know about using FB’s Timeline.)

Posted by Robyn | in Social Media | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Facebook Timeline for Authors – Part 1”

  1. Ghenet Myrthil Says:

    Your FB page looks great! I plan to put together an author page at some point. I can see how the timeline feature makes it fun for readers to learn more about authors.

  2. Robyn Says:

    Thanks for checking it out, Ghenet! I had a lot of fun with it. 🙂

  3. Steve Tannuzzo Says:

    Ah, looking forward to your cheat sheet!

  4. Martin Dugas Says:

    I just checked out your new FB Timeline. Great job! I’ll have to go back a few times to read all of the milestones info!

  5. Mona AlvaradoFrazier Says:

    Wow, this is an area for which I need help and I found it with your post.Although I have my personal timeline, I know I need to see a writer/author one up soon. The apps section is great. Looking forward to the cheat sheet. Thanks.

  6. Robyn Says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments! And yes, cheat sheet is coming out tomorrow…and I’m happy to field questions here are via email. 🙂