8 New Facebook Social Plugins Nonprofits Need to Know About

On Monday I shared with you my initial thoughts on how Facebook will change how we all experience and use the internet – and how this change will impact your nonprofit.

Right now, when people visit your website, they see the same content as every other visitor. By default, it’s not tailored to their preferences. They also have no clue who else has visited your site, what content they’ve shared on Facebook, and whether they have a social connection to those visitors.

The new Facebook platform changes all of this, making your website – and the entire internet – social by default. By implementing Facebook Social Plugins into your website, you could give your visitors these experiences:

  • Display content they would prefer, based on their Facebook preferences and what their friends have liked.
  • Show them who else has visited your site – and even who’s on your site right now!
  • Allow them to engage with current Facebook friends about your cause – on your website.
  • And do all of this without having to login to to your website.

In short, Facebook plugins will allow you to turn any page on your site into a Facebook Page.

8 New Facebook Social Plugins – A Summary For Nonprofits

Facebook Social plugins are fairly easy to install (most of them are as easy as embedding a YouTube video).

  1. The Like Button – The Like Button allows visitors to share content from your site on their Facebook profile – with one mouse click. A good use of this plugin is to place it on Pages with information on actions people can take to support your cause. I have one below this blog post that I installed with a WordPress plugin.
  2. Like Box – The Like Box replaces the Facebook Fanbox. It allows your visitors to like your Page, view your Page stream and see connections on your Facebook Page.
  3. The Recommendations Plugin – The Recommendations allows you to dynamically display content on your site they might like.
  4. Comments Plugin – The Comments plugin allows visitors to comment on pages on your site. Those comments are also shared on their Profile.
  5. Activity Feed – The Activity Feed plugin allows visitors so see what their Facebook friends are commenting on and liking on your site.
  6. FacePile – The Facepile plugin displays the profile pictures of everyone who has signed up to your site.
  7. Login with Faces – A slight variation of the FacePile plugin, the Login with Faces plugin shows profile pictures of the user’s friends who have already signed up for your site in addition to a login button.
  8. The Live Stream – The Live Stream plugin allows visitors to engage with your site in real time. Perfect to use during events.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Facebook Social Graph Platform, check out this YouTube playlist on the Facebook Platform release at F8.

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10 privacy settings every Facebook user should know

cameraThe AllFacebook.com blog offered an excellent post that discussed ten privacy settings that every Facebook user should know and I strongly recommend this to all my Facebook peeps out there, not just the newbies.  Here’s what this post covers in detail:

  • Use your friend lists
  • Remove yourself from Facebook search results
  • Remove yourself from Google
  • Avoid the infamous photo/video tag mistake
  • Protect your albums
  • Prevent stories from showing up in your friends’ news feeds
  • Protect against published application stories
  • Make your contact information private
  • Avoid embarrassing wall posts
  • Keep your friendships private

Read 10 privacy settings every Facebook user should know

How to Use Facebook for Nonprofit Organizations

CharityHowTo.com has literally received thousands of requests for a step-by-step video teaching nonprofits how to use Facebook for their nonprofit organization.

Facebook has become one of the most powerful and widely used social media tools available today. Around the world, millions of companies and organizations are using Facebook to find and engage with supporters. For nonprofits, the power of Facebook offers an opportunity to promote organizations and to gain access to Facebook users who support those organizations.

This training video focuses on ways in which nonprofit organizations can use the power of Facebook to create a solid social media presence and to increase the audiences for their missions and ongoing efforts.

This video will walk first time users through the process of setting up a Facebook Fan Page for their organizations and explores how administrators can make those pages a ‘must see’ destination.

Apart for offering promotional best practices for nonprofits, the video will also show viewers how to:

  • Customize Facebook fan pages
  • Add and Remove Facebook Applications from pages
  • Promote fan pages through word of mouth and Facebook Advertising Campaigns
  • Set permissions to allow page visitors to contribute links and other content to pages
  • Create online photo albums and video feeds
  • And much more
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