Do you manage your nonprofit’s Facebook page? Are you someone on the go? Do you own an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?
If you answer yes to all three of these questions, then you may be interested in the new Facebook Pages Manager App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (currently not available for Android).
Using the Facebook Pages Manager app you can respond, post and comment on your page, plus post updates and photos. Just install the free app, then log in to your Facebook account.
I have been reading some reviews of this app, and while the response has been mixed, it may be worth checking out for some of you.
Join me live online today for Bloggers International, where I will be participating in a bloggers clinic answering your questions and sharing information about blogging and social media with a panel of experts. No matter what stage you are at, blogging, just blogging, or even thinking about blogging, this event will have something for you.
In recent years, social networking services like Facebook and Twitter have affected many sectors of the global healthcare industry, from doctor-patient communication to medical research to hospital management. I have just registered for a webinar which will explore the implications of social networking technology for the future of medicine
Topics will include
- How patients are using social networks to learn more about their conditions and seek treatment information
- Crowdsourcing medical research: how social networks can facilitate data collection.
- The networked care center: how social media is changing hospital management.
- How healthcare professionals can manage social media risk.
In your excitement to start using the tools of social networking, have you forgotten your strategy?
Here are some key questions to ask before you start to engage with the tools of social media.
1. Who are your audience?
2. Where do they hang out in the social media landscape?
3. Why are you trying to reach them?
4. What message do you want to give them and how will you say it?
5. Which social media tools will you use to say it?
6. Who is the best person to handle your social networking?
7. What are your competitors doing?
8. How will you measure your success?
Strategy Before Tools!
Can you think of any other key questions to consider before engaging with social media?
This is a repost of a guest blog post by Susan Chavez I featured recently on the Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer blog.
The Internet has done wonders for our understanding of breast cancer but now with social media we can take it one step further by not only learning but also connecting. Social media has enhanced our ability to learn about screening and treatment options, allows us to organize to support the search for a cure or, simply, lets us connect with others. Where to start, then? A great place to start is by exploring any, or all, of the three most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
YouTube is a great place to go for medical information related to breast cancer. The medical community has made great use of YouTube to help the public better understand everything from how to properly administer a self-breast exam, how diagnoses are performed, the latest research on treatments and health considerations for those who have finished and survived treatment. Cancer centers, like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, even post videos of their physicians answering some of the more common questions asked by patients. For those looking for a survivor’s perspective, patient profiles can also be found on these medical institutions’ YouTube channels. A further look and you will find other personal profiles, and even video diaries, uploaded by survivors of all ages, backgrounds and gender.
The beauty of Twitter is that it constantly provides updates and ready conversation on any topic that interests you. Aside from following major charitable and research organizations, such as Susan G. Komen and MD Cancer Research Center, you can keep up with the latest news on breast cancer by following breast cancer related hashtags. Don’t know what a hashtag is? A hashtag is a topic trend on Twitter indicated by a term preceded by a pound sign. Three of the more popular breast cancer hashtags are: #breastcancer, #fightbreastcancer and #bcaware, which stands for “breast cancer awareness.” If you are not sure where to start on Twitter, searching for a hashtag lets you know what conversations are happening in real time that you can join in on. It is not enough to follow the conversation though as the best way to tap into the true power of Twitter is to join in on the conversation.
By far the largest of the social networks, with over 500 million users, Facebook is popular for good reason. Facebook allows users to build upon the networks they already have such as family, friends and co-workers. With Facebook it is easy to share information with everyone in your network, no matter where they live, all at once with simple status updates whether to keep their family and friends up-to-date on their fight with breast cancer and/or to solicit money for breast cancer research. Facebook users can expand their network by “liking” the Fan pages of leading charitable organizations and medical institutions, such as The Breast Cancer Site or the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Fan pages allow users to interact with an organization by posting comments to that organization’s Wall and/or commenting on posts left by other Facebook users who “like” that organization. For those looking for a more personal experience, a number of online support groups can be found among Facebook’s Groups pages for those with breast cancer and those who have survived it. Most of the Groups are private with a Group leader who monitors who is allowed in the group and what is said in order to create a safe, protected space within Facebook.
Staying connected with a supportive community is critically important for individuals living with breast cancer and survivors. And social media makes it easier than ever to stay connected and develop supportive relationships. With nothing more than a willingness to join in and interact, social media can be a great ally in your breast cancer journey.
Susan Chavez is a nonprofit social media strategist, her website, www.susanchavez.com, provides tips and articles on using social networking to promote social good