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How to Use the @ Symbol in Facebook

by Wendy on January 21, 2011

How to Use the @ Symbol in Facebook

Facebook continues to attract more people from around the world. Individuals, solo entrepreneurs and business organisations have established their presence on this popular social networking site to connect with like-minded people and gain more friends and clients.

Communicating with friends and followers on Facebook can be done in a number of ways. You can post on your own wall or your friend’s wall, write comments on their posts and photos or send a private message. The latest trend to converse with others is by using the @ symbol.

You may be familiar with this @ symbol especially if you’re a frequent Twitter user. Facebook has also allowed users to take advantage of this symbol when making their status updates.

What this @ symbol does is make a personal name or business page name a clickable link. For instance, you want to include a friend’s name or a business page you like in your status update. To make the name an actual link, you just need to add the @ symbol before the name. It’s the same as what you type when you’re replying to a Twitter post.

So if you’d like to share with your friends interesting information you found on Savvy Web Women, as an example, you type @Savvy Web Women and then the rest of your sentence on your wall.

Instantly, the name preceded by the @ symbol will be made into a link and people who would like to find out what you’re talking about need only to click on the name to go to the Savvy Web Women Facebook page. It’s very convenient because people no longer have to type the business name on the search box above to go to that particular page.

When you type the @ symbol on your wall and start typing letters, a drop down menu will appear to let you select the appropriate name you’d like to include in your status update. But once you share your post, the symbol will no longer appear, just the name you’ve chosen, in a blue color. When the name is blue, it means it has become a link which people can click through and land on that person’s personal page or business page in Facebook.

Not only that, using the @ symbol will place your post on the wall of the person or business page you have included. This is a great way of getting in front of a new bunch of eyeballs who may be interested in your product or service.

As well as appearing on their wall, people or businesses you’ve tagged in your status update will also receive notifications.
Businesses can take advantage of this Facebook feature in order to expand their reach online. This is an effective and convenient promotion tool that you can incorporate into your online strategy.

By Wendy Moore
Copyright 2011 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd

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If you use Social Media in your business BEWARE – you need to read this

If you base any aspect of your business around social media BEWARE.  It makes me shudder when I look at people that have developed an entire business around a single aspect of social media.

Take a look at Facebook’s decision recently to kill off Fan Pages and call them Business Pages or Like Pages.  If you had based your entire business around the word Fan, your business has been stymied in one single swoop.  Were you consulted? No.  What can you do about it?  Not a lot.  Just resposition yourself and get all your marketing, branding and websites updated.  Now that’s a budget blow out no business needs.

I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to be using strategies to drive traffic from your social media pages back to your website or your blog.  At the very least, you should have 2-3 different ways on your social media pages to entice a visitor back to your website or blog.  Minimum.  If you are not doing this, you are wasting your time on social media.  Just one click of a button is all it takes and your page or profile can be gone.

Think it won’t happen to you?  It just happened to me.

I recently created a Business page on Facebook sharing our Melbourne Netwalkers concept.  Each Friday fortnight, we meet and walk around a local park for an hour, chatting and exercising.  It’s a great way to get some fresh air and network with other business owners.  People loved it.  The feedback we got was amazing.  With so many people now working from home, it’s a wonderful way to connect, share ideas, brainstorm and keep moving at the same time.   Or so I thought.  Not so Facebook.  Without warning, the page was taken down with a note telling me that a third party claimed we had infringed on their copyright.  How?  Since when is walking around a park chatting the sole domain of some mysterious, unidentified business?

The point is, someone complained and the page came down.  No questions asked. No warning. Nothing.  What would you do if this happened to your Facebook business page? Or your Facebook Profile?  Your Twitter Profile?  Have you been engaging with the people you meet via social media and taking the conversations off line?  You should be.  Does your business strategy involve different ways to get your social media “friends” to connect with you via your website or blog?  I certainly hope so.

Or are you assuming that “she’ll be right” and you will always have access to the thousands of “friends” and “followers” you’ve accumulated across your various social media platforms?  How long has it taken you to build up your online network?  How much time have you devoted to it?

Remember this … you do not control these Profiles.  In a heartbeat, they could be gone.  Do you really want to be placing the success of your business, all that effort and time invested into building your social media profiles, in the hands of someone else?

You need to review your strategies for building your customer list and driving traffic to your website or blog from your social media profiles right now!  This is why our Social Media Starter Kits are proving to be such a huge success.  Simply put, they work.  Take the action today.

If you have absolutely no idea where to start or what to do, please Contact Us today (or call the office on +61 3 9686 2288 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +61 3 9686 2288      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) and we will work with you on your personalised strategy to build a customer list via your social media pages. Today.

Remember, it happend to me just this week and it can happen to you too.

By Wendy Moore
Copyright 2011 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE?

You can as long as you include the following (links must be active):

Wendy Moore is the founder of www.savvywebwomen.com and creator of the Savvy List Building Blog – the information packed resource that shows business owners and entrepreneurs how to get in front of an audience that wants to buy what they are selling. To receive your FREE Special Report and weekly how-to articles to expand your online List Building toolkit, visit www.wendymoore.net.

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