Fix Your Facebook Profile Now

motel sign Unless you’ve decided to make Facebook your home entirely, where you want everyone to go and find you, the only place that people can have a meaningful conversation, I recommend you swing by your profile and give it a hard look-see from the perspective of someone who wants to know more about your social media presence. You might discover what I did: that many people have turned Facebook into a cul de sac instead of a expressway.

Make Sure You Have a Picture

Every time I see a ? for your face, I think that you’re probably not there, so I shouldn’t engage you. Take the 30 seconds it might take to find a reasonable picture of you. Oh, and a note: don’t use those weird professional shots if you can help it. Just use something that shows me who you are. Save your pro pic for your official bio.

Make Information The Top

Facebook allows you to shift around various elements of your profile. Make sure your information about you module is as high up as it can be, and make sure that has at least your website URL links, and hopefully also an email address (maybe even a phone number).

If Blogging, Install Blog Friends

Use the Blog Friends application to draw attention to your blog and blogs of your friends (upon inviting other friends to use the app, of course). This draws even more eyes and attention to your media. I hadn’t thought much about this until Steve Rubel dropped me a message in Facebook and said he hadn’t seen my blog before until he discovered it through Facebook.

Make the Wall the Top Comment App

Sure, YOU like the Fun Wall, Super Wall, Monkey Wall whatever. But the minute I try to comment and it says, “install the app yourself,” I cancel out of the thing altogether. I don’t want another Wall. I like the built in one. What that means to YOU is that if other people are doing what I’m doing, you’re missing comments. Why would you want to miss conversations?

Pick Apps that Enrich Your Message

This is how I use it, but not how you have to use it. In my case, I use Blog Friends, Google Reader Shared Items and Flickr to give people a sense of what matters to me. This encourages potential conversations, and gives them a sense of what interests you. Your choice of groups also does this, should you belong to any groups. (By the way, I’ve learned that leaving groups often prompts messages by people who see it in their news feed. So, if you quit your friend’s group, be ready for the email.)

Why This Matters

Facebook is a channel to build conversations, enhance relationships, and connect with people and their interests. It’s a rich exchange (or can be) of likes and interests that promotes further conversations. But if you’re looking to engage people in ways OTHER than on Facebook, you have to make sure people know how to reach out to you. If you’re promoting your other activities, make sure people can find them. It doesn’t take a LOT of effort to think about this, but you should give it as much time as you want people to take you seriously.

What about you? How are you using your profile? What would your Facebook profile tell me about you?

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  • Lester

    Hey how come my applications on facebook dont work. the only thing that shows is my wall

  • http://mariandty.com Mari Smith

    Excellent points you make, Chris. Halleluiah!! If someone’s profile page takes too long to load due to a ton of frivolous apps with images etc… I’m afraid I have to *next* them.

    I liked your point about the more natural profile pic too… mine is the prof headshot… I’m off to dig up something different. ;)

    To give people a better sense of my interests/focus, I’ve joined a ton of different groups – they’re more like some kind of identity badge than places with tons of interaction. (For more on this, see the group “Psychology of Facebook with Dr. BJ Fogg”).

    I also like to strategically pick books for the Books iRead app to show my interests… and, for the most part, my Status updates are strategic too.

    Cheers,
    Mari
    (feel free to friend me: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566610867)

  • http://mariandty.com Mari Smith

    Excellent points you make, Chris. Halleluiah!! If someone’s profile page takes too long to load due to a ton of frivolous apps with images etc… I’m afraid I have to *next* them.

    I liked your point about the more natural profile pic too… mine is the prof headshot… I’m off to dig up something different. ;)

    To give people a better sense of my interests/focus, I’ve joined a ton of different groups – they’re more like some kind of identity badge than places with tons of interaction. (For more on this, see the group “Psychology of Facebook with Dr. BJ Fogg”).

    I also like to strategically pick books for the Books iRead app to show my interests… and, for the most part, my Status updates are strategic too.

    Cheers,
    Mari
    (feel free to friend me: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566610867)

  • http://mariandty.com Mari Smith

    Excellent points you make, Chris. Halleluiah!! If someone’s profile page takes too long to load due to a ton of frivolous apps with images etc… I’m afraid I have to *next* them.

    I liked your point about the more natural profile pic too… mine is the prof headshot… I’m off to dig up something different. ;)

    To give people a better sense of my interests/focus, I’ve joined a ton of different groups – they’re more like some kind of identity badge than places with tons of interaction. (For more on this, see the group “Psychology of Facebook with Dr. BJ Fogg”).

    I also like to strategically pick books for the Books iRead app to show my interests… and, for the most part, my Status updates are strategic too.

    Cheers,
    Mari
    (feel free to friend me: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566610867)

  • http://apple-of-my-i.com/marshals-corner/ marshal sandler

    Chris , I think Face book Bio Pages need an index !
    I Am Ok with Corrections , and find my Bio page is overloaded [ My Fault] ! The bio could be set up like a blog roll each app having a link to it,s page ! Most of their apps I find useless but then I am 71 years old and can critsize with Gusto ! Words without order become Semantic Jazz !

  • http://apple-of-my-i.com/marshals-corner/ marshal sandler

    Chris , I think Face book Bio Pages need an index !
    I Am Ok with Corrections , and find my Bio page is overloaded [ My Fault] ! The bio could be set up like a blog roll each app having a link to it,s page ! Most of their apps I find useless but then I am 71 years old and can critsize with Gusto ! Words without order become Semantic Jazz !

  • http://apple-of-my-i.com/marshals-corner/ marshal sandler

    Chris , I think Face book Bio Pages need an index !
    I Am Ok with Corrections , and find my Bio page is overloaded [ My Fault] ! The bio could be set up like a blog roll each app having a link to it,s page ! Most of their apps I find useless but then I am 71 years old and can critsize with Gusto ! Words without order become Semantic Jazz !

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    Nice post. See you on facebook

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    Nice post. See you on facebook

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  • http://www.pajero.org.uk Tim Baxter

    Great post and interesting comments. I’m really trying to make my profile on Facebook a more positive and productive place, so this info helps.

    I spent yesterday clearing out all those really stupid apps that people forward me, but I recognise the need to add some useful ones as outlined here.

    Look me up on Facebook to see how I’m progressing!

  • http://www.pajero.org.uk Tim Baxter

    Great post and interesting comments. I’m really trying to make my profile on Facebook a more positive and productive place, so this info helps.

    I spent yesterday clearing out all those really stupid apps that people forward me, but I recognise the need to add some useful ones as outlined here.

    Look me up on Facebook to see how I’m progressing!

  • http://www.pajero.org.uk Tim Baxter

    Great post and interesting comments. I’m really trying to make my profile on Facebook a more positive and productive place, so this info helps.

    I spent yesterday clearing out all those really stupid apps that people forward me, but I recognise the need to add some useful ones as outlined here.

    Look me up on Facebook to see how I’m progressing!

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  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    Thank you for this. I appreciate it very much. I went through and tweaked my Facebook page and am much happier with it. More and more, I want to ditch MySpace…

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    Thank you for this. I appreciate it very much. I went through and tweaked my Facebook page and am much happier with it. More and more, I want to ditch MySpace…

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    Thank you for this. I appreciate it very much. I went through and tweaked my Facebook page and am much happier with it. More and more, I want to ditch MySpace…

  • http://www.mybestfriendtraining.com/training-an-older-dog.html Training An Older Dog

    The one thing I wish Facebook would fix is the way these “applications” get spread. I don't want fun wall or superwall or any other kind of wall other than the one that comes by default and, yet, I am CONSTANTLY pestered by my friends (who probably don't know that this is happening, or how to prevent it) trying to enrol me in the apps.

  • http://www.mybestfriendtraining.com/training-an-older-dog.html Training An Older Dog

    The one thing I wish Facebook would fix is the way these “applications” get spread. I don't want fun wall or superwall or any other kind of wall other than the one that comes by default and, yet, I am CONSTANTLY pestered by my friends (who probably don't know that this is happening, or how to prevent it) trying to enrol me in the apps.

  • t$

    how can i bring back my profile back on facebook

  • habib

    how can i bring back my profile picture back on facebook

  • Paul Gerard Mazzola

    My facebook some how is off line and I don't know what I'm going to do about that.
    My facebook is like a home to me and there are people that I love on facebook like my sisters and friend's I can't E-mail them or play facebook game's like cafe would my name is Paul Gerard Mazzola my E-mail is at Paulgmazzola68@msn.com and thank you.

  • Qwack E. Duck

    My question is how to make WALL the page that comes up when you go to your PROFILE, and not INFO. Can you tell me how to do that? I am Qwack E Duck on FACEBOOK. Thank you.

  • Diane135130

    How do I get my FB profile picture to show on my emails to friends, etc.? I see other FB users’ pics on incoming emails but they don’t see mine…..??????

  • Randy Aragon

    how do I get my notification off? I can not log in because it keeps sending me to a page that asks me to name my computer and when I do, it goes right back to asking me again. Help

  • nessa

    ADD ME ON FACEBOOK (Nessa Boo) i have a picture of me on my profile an once i accept your friend request u can see over 50 pics of me lolz add me pwease

  • Kellysamgreenhurst

    fix my face book it geting on my nerves thank you

  • Kellysamgreenhurst

    fix it i need to see my book

  • emily

    i wat is wrong with fb

  • sandy

    I can’t see the post I make on friends wall on my profile. Can you tell how I can get that back on profile? Thanks

  • Pransu

    make my fb chat box is nt working

  • lisa nealey turner

    i cant send toget friend

  • lisa nealey turner

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  • Hope blackburn

    i cant see any of my friends on here and cant talk to them 

  • Anasam

    i cant see my ActivityRecent

  • Anna

    I need to change my name & my URL for search… HELP, please… gummybearherdoiza@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/isiaah.smith Isiaah Smith

    I Need To Have My Facebook Fixed.

  • delicia

    fix it i cann’t see anybody

  • flory

    i cant see my home and setting and log log out icon in my facebbok account.please do help

  • susan rocamontes

    Fix my profile pic i can see the small one but not the big one please fix it

  • richard

    i cant see my home and setting and log log out icon in my facebbok account.please do help