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By Rachel Haviland
With the abundance of information on Facebook, sometimes it’s hard to find the particular post you are looking for, especially if it’s a post you saw before and want to find again! Facebook Pages and Groups are a great resource for information on a topic, but how do you navigate all the posts to find the information you need?
How to Search on Facebook Groups
The easiest way to search a Group for information is the Search box. Facebook Groups have a built in Search box in the top right corner:
To search for a conversation around particular subject or topic in a Facebook Group, simply type the search term in the box at the top and click on the “magnifying glass” icon to the right of the search term you typed in. All the posts containing the search term will then appear for you to explore.
Remember also that Facebook Groups have uploaded Docs listed on the right side of the Group page – you might find useful information there too!
How to Search Facebook Pages
Of course you can explore the menu on the left side of the page to view Photos (and videos); Notes (longer posts by Page) and Discussions, plus any extra tabs the Page has, such as Reviews, imported blog posts, YouTube videos, Twitter stream etc.
Unfortunately Facebook Pages don’t have the Search box that appears in Facebook Groups, so there is no direct way to search a Facebook Page for content on a particular topic. However, there is an indirect way to search your favorite Facebook Page for posts through Google.
To find status updates and posts on a topic, go to Google.com and type in the following:
site:http://(link to Facebook page) “search term you are looking for”
Sample Search: The Social Networker Daily
For example, here’s a search on my Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/TheSocialNetworker) for the name of my daily Social Media publication “The Social Networker Daily”:
In Google I typed in:
site:http://www.facebook.com/TheSocialNetworker “The Social Networker Daily”
Here are the results:
From here you can click on the links to view the posts related to your search term.
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Back in April, I posted comments about how to effectively network online and offline and gave a real life example of what not to do. Last night, at a local multi-chamber mixer, you’ll never guess what happened! I had to post an update….
(If you haven’t seen the post I’m talking about Click here)
My previous blog commented on a networker that I met at our chamber and the mistakes that people make when networking.
Well, last night, who should appear at the mixer but the very same person I blogged about before. Let’s call her “Kate”. I’m sure you can imagine what happened next.
Now, let me remind you, I originally met Kate 8 months ago….has she learned anything new?
Getting to Know People
Networking online and in person is all about developing relationships and building on those relationships before attempting to turn the conversation towards doing business with you.
Last night, I was part of a closed group of 4 people, getting to know each other and having a great conversation when Kate marches up and interrupted the conversation (not a good start). She pushed into the group and proceeded to hand out her cards and tell us about the product she was promoting, without even introducing herself.
Before I knew it, she was gone, on to her next conquest. She didn’t even recognize me, despite having met me twice before and my face being in the local newspaper every month as President of our local chamber. She didn’t ask any of us what we did or ask for business cards so she could follow up, it was all about her and what she could do for us.
So I have to wonder how her business is going.
Being an entrepreneur means growing as a person
After all these months, you would think she would have learned something. But not everyone realizes the power of self-development and how important continuous learning is when you are en entrepreneur. It’s rare to see me without a book or two close by and I’m continuously working on improving myself. I don’t know everything and never will, but at least I can learn something daily to help improve my business in some way.
Effective Networking = More Business Revenue
I highly suspect that the past 8 months have not been productive for Kate and yet she has not changed her approach. I’m sure she’s met hundreds of people – but never taken the time to develop a relationship with any of them. I doubt she’s heard back from many people that she gave her card to, since her approach is so unfriendly and downright rude. And Kate has no way to follow up with anyone she met because she has never once asked for any business cards. As a result, she is the classic example of a network marketer who never makes any money. But the same principles apply whether you are marketing online or offline; have a brick and mortar business, network marketing, direct sales or home based business. Networking is all about the people you meet (not you) and the relationships you develop, including the initial contact and thereafter.
As you go about networking online and attending parties this holiday season, remember these lessons and you’ll go into 2011 with new and stronger relationships that may potentially help you build your business.
P.S. Want to know what happened next….
Later in the evening, Kate came up to another group I was in, interrupted my conversation with a potential client (a big no-no if you want me to like you), asked me if we’d met before (only 4 times now Kate) and handed me her card yet again.
I consistently get questions from readers looking for information on how they can link Twitter to Facebook. It can be confusing! You can connect Twitter to post to Facebook; connect Your Facebook Page to post your Page Status Updates to Twitter and even select which Tweets appear on Facebook! Here are the links you need:
Twitter’s official page on how to add Twitter to Facebook.
Link Your Twitter Feed into your Facebook Page
Add your Twitter Feed as a link on your Facebook Page with Involver
This is a great way for your fans to connect with your tweets as well!
Here is the most popular Twitter Facebook Application
Selective Tweets Facebook app
Selective Tweets allows you to update your Facebook status from Twitter and you can choose which tweets you want – just end a tweet with #fb when you want to post it as your Facebook status – simple!
Facebook blog post discussing Publishing to Twitter from Facebook Pages
Connect Your Facebook Page to Twitter
You can also connect your Facebook Page to post directly to your Twitter account. I highly recommend that you connect your Facebook Page to automatically post your status updates to Twitter. My Twitter following just builds itself from these tweets alone!
Click here to manage your connections if you are logged into Facebook.
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