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New Rules for Facebook In 2013

January 7, 2013 | By Adrienne Smith

Out with the old and in with the new.

That’s what happens sometimes when a new year rolls around.  We take stock in what worked and what didn’t.  We review what changes need to be made and then get ready to implement those for the new year.

Facebook is one of those companies that will be doing just that.  As a matter of fact, their new rules will go into effect on January 15th.

It seems that when they chose to take the public offering last year their stock kind of took a nose dive. We are all aware that Facebook is a business after all so now they not only have to keep their users happy but their investors too.  Now that’s a huge challenge.

So like the rest of us, Facebook obviously decided that once again some things needed to change.  Here are some of their new rules.

Timeline Cover Photo

When Facebook first changed over to the timeline feature there were certain stipulations that were in place.  Those are still there but it seems that a lot of business pages are now breaking some of these rules.  Facebook has decided to really crack down on the cover photos that businesses are using so here is what they will be putting into place.  You might actually recognize some of these already:

  • No call to action which means you can’t ask people to like your page, download it now, share this with your friends, etc.
  • No promotional information which means you can’t include anything pertaining to price, purchases or discounts.
  • No contact information which means you can’t include your web address, your phone number, your address or your email.  Any of the information that should be in the “About” section.
  • No copyright violations and the jury is still out about this one.  The way I interpret this is that Facebook would prefer you having your own unique photo as your cover.  Not just some photo you got off the web or bought through some service that provides these covers for everyone.  Tread lightly here and I guess we’ll soon find out if this is the case or not.
  • No more than 20% text which means they prefer the cover photo to be an image.  If you include too much text on your cover photo you’re taking a chance of having it removed.  Luckily, Facebook will be offering a tool that will help you determine whether or not your image is violating their terms.

To read more of Facebook’s rule regarding their Timeline Cover Photo check out Facebook Guidelines.

Advertising on Facebook

So we just learned that Facebook will have a 20% text stipulation in your cover photo.  Well guess what!  This also applies to the images you use in your Facebook ads or your promoted posts.  Now that doesn’t mean you can’t post images on your wall that have more then the allotted percentage of text. You just can’t use those for ads or your promoted posts.

Facebook Contests

Facebook implemented some pretty strict rules last year about promoting contests on business pages. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses as well as marketing companies continue to ignore those rules.  This is what Facebook doesn’t allow when running contests:

  • You cannot tell people to like a page
  • You cannot tell people to like a status
  • You cannot tell people to comment on a status
  • You cannot tell people to comment on an image

If you are running a contest without the help of an approved third party app, you are violating Facebook’s terms of service.  Now none of these things are new but Facebook will be cracking down on anyone who violates these terms from this day forward.

Personal Pages As Business Pages

This rule pertains to personal pages and what Facebook will be cracking down on are those people who are using their personal pages as their business pages.  In other words, if your personal page is not your real name then you’ll be shut down.  You cannot have a business name or any other name other then your real name on your personal page.  If you’ve been building an entire community around this then you can kiss that goodbye.

Facebook Is Cracking Down

I think that when some of the rules came out last year Facebook gave people the benefit of the doubt. They weren’t as hard on them as they probably should have been.  I can only assume that now that they have investors to answer to, they’ve decided to step it up.

You have been warned…

Facebook is still a free community for us all.  If we want to continue using this platform we have to follow their rules.  If we don’t then be ready to have your entire community disappear.  They aren’t going to play nice anymore.

I have a feeling that this is only the beginning so don’t be surprised if we start to see more changes coming as the year progresses.  Facebook is here to make money and if they continue to have people abuse their rules then they’ll have to pay the consequences.

This my wonderful blogging friends is why I continue to say that your blog is the only real estate you own (if you have a self hosted blog).  This is “your” community so build it here and not on the social platforms.  Meet people but get them interested in what you share here.  Don’t be one of those who has taken the time to build up your social sites and have ignored your only real estate on the web.

Will These New Rules Affect You

Are you violating any of these rules?  Will these affect you in any way?

I would love to hear your thoughts on what Facebook is rolling out now.  Social media is not going away so if we all want to continue playing we have to buckle down and play by the rules.  There really is no other way.

Looking forward to hearing your comments on this topic and please be sure to share this post with your friends.  Not sure if they are aware that this is coming and we certainly want them to be sure and change whatever is needed before next week.

Let’s help them out shall we!

 

 

 

 


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1 Annie André
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Damn Woman. My head was spinning right round round like a record.. player.. :)

Our website is our prime realestate for sure. i wonder though, how these changes will effect us. Our of all the social media pipes, i get the most and the best from facebook believe it or not? especially in terms of bounce rate and page views and people who sign up for my email newsletter. I don’t plan on leaving facebook since there is not other alternative for me as good (at the moment). i’ll just have to conform and follow the rules until i can afford a team of marketing people to work for me..

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2 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Sorry about that Annie but definitely wanted to share what’s coming for those who aren’t aware yet.

If you follow the rules you’ll be okay. If you’re breaking them in any way, now is the time to remedy that before Facebook takes notice and deletes either your account or your timeline photos. That’s why some people don’t have a cover photo when you visit their page. Facebook said it’s a no no.

I have no doubt you’ll be okay! Keep rockin girl!

~Adrienne

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3 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thank you so much for bringing out those rules. I think I have my URLs without the http:// on my fan page and I’ve got to takes these out!

I know I have to invest in having a facebook fan page done professionally if I didn’t run into that heck of a Thesis issue where I might have to spend the money into instead!

Thanks for those warning and have a great week ahead!
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4 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Hey Sylviane,

Girl, your comment slipped right by me. My goodness I can’t believe how many people rushed over to read this one today.

Yep, no URL’s at all which I think is really a shame. I wold think that if it were a business page it should be acceptable but nope.

I don’t know if I’ll go that route to be honest with you. The way Facebook keeps charging for everything it might end up being a waste of your money. That would not be fun.

My pleasure and you have a great week. I’ll talk to you soon.

~Adrienne

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5 Antonio Perez January 9, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Hey Sylviane, I seem to find you everywhere ;)

Adrienne I was highly disappointed when I learned that I couldn’t have any kind of advertising in my cover photo. Also its frustrating that we can’t have any kind of CTA’s.

Hopefully Facebook will change their policies soon.

Mahalo,
Antonio

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6 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Hi Antonio and welcome to my blog.

Actually, Facebook implemented that rule last year with the timeline change Antonio. I would think that if you’re a business page then it would be acceptable but that’s not what Facebook is looking for I guess.

Facebook will continue to change their policies but probably not in the way we’d like. We can hope though right!

Thanks for the visit and enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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7 sapna
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

HI Adrienne,

Facebook is working more for pleasing their shareholders and is going all out for that, we can now expect more changes in their rule book.As far my little knowledge goes about FB, I’m not violating any such rule even though I will cross verify.

Thanks for informing us about these rules in advance.

Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

Sapna

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8 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Hi Sapna,

Facebook is a business and their only concern is to make money. I can understand why they put some of these rules in place whether I like it or not. People abuse rules all the time so I guess to them they’re giving everyone one more warning and then no more playing nice.

My pleasure and happy to hear you aren’t breaking any of these.

Thank you so much and you have an awesome week too. Hope things are moving along for you.

~Adrienne

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9 Robin Hallett
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Happy New Year Adrienne!

Wowza thanks for this post. It’s hard not to feel kinda scared ;) I’m glad for the tightening of rules, if it helps tone down some of the whackadoo pages that glaringly are over the line already.

I’m really glad now that I have a business page and a personal page on facebook! For sure!

Thanks for all you do Adrienne! Hugs and love,

Robin
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10 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Well Happy New Year to you too Robin! Hope it’s started out great for you.

You are most welcome and just happy to spread the word. I don’t want any of my blogging friends to be affected by this update. For the most part I’m okay but I guess I’ll have to finally break down and create me a better cover photo for both pages.

You enjoy your week young lady! Hugs and love coming back your way!

~Adrienne

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11 Pauline
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Hi Adrienne
Wow more Facebook changes….. it seems to happen quite often, sometimes it is hard to keep up :( that is why it is good that we can all share these types of changes with our readers so thanks for sharing this, I am sure like myself there are many people that do not know of these new rules.
I am not breaking any of them as far as I know so I should be ok but I am glad you have laid them out for me so I can be careful not to do something that is not allowed!
Hope you have a great week
Pauline
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12 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Hi Pauline,

Yep, more Facebook changes… We need to stay on top of these if we’re using these free platforms. I mean my goodness, who wants to be banished and loose all those relationships we’ve been building.

That’s good to hear Pauline but I am. I have to create my own “unique” cover photos instead of grabbing one off the web even if I’m able to legally share it. Seems like Facebook doesn’t like that anymore.

Thank for stopping by and you have a great week too.

~Adrienne

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13 Stacy Claflin
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing this information! It cleared up some questions that I had, mostly regarding the cover photo on our personal pages. I thought I would get in trouble for putting up the cover image for my novel but so far it hasn’t been a problem. I may change it because I don’t want FB freezing my account or anything.

I’ve heard some stories recently of bloggers getting their pages (not profiles) frozen for things like getting too many likes too quickly. The decision was made and FB wasn’t open to discussion. They’re definitely cracking down. We have to play by their rules if we’re going to play on their turf.

Have a great day.
Stacy

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14 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Hi Stacy,

Facebook loves images because it is a social site. What they don’t like is us not having “unique” images on our pages. As long as you don’t have a lot of text with it then I think you’ll be okay. If you have the cover photo of the book just with the title Deception, I think it will pass Stacy.

The contest rules are the ones that get broken the most. Asking people to like something or comment on something is an area Facebook is definitely going to crack down on. People should like and comment because they want to, not because they’ll get something out of it. I’ll be curious top see where this all goes.

Thank you Stacy for sharing your thoughts and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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15 Jonathan Okanlawon
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Adrienne, this is a game changer. Isn’t Facebook becoming too strict? Honestly I agree with you, your blog is the only piece of real estate you own on the internet. Everything else is rented. Well I better tell my friends. Anyway tanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
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16 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Hi Jonathan,

Whether we like their rules or not Jonathan, if we don’t play nice we’ll get banned. They may becoming more strict but if so many people would do the right thing in the beginning they probably wouldn’t have to go this route. Unfortunately they do.

Thank you for your comment and be sure and spread the word.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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17 Debbie
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Hmmmm, that is interesting, but, since, at this point, I’m not actually trying to sell anything, it should be okay. It will certainly affect many businesses with Facebook pages adversely, though. What a shame. :-(
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18 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Either way Debbie, we all have to follow the rules. I think the ad posting will be the most interesting. I mean images sell so cutting back on the amount of text will be very interesting.

Good luck with that.

~Adrienne

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19 Ameena Falchetto January 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

This is great!

Thanks for breaking it down – guess I’d better change my timeline cover then … I wonder if my signature on my illustrations breaks the rules as I sign them with my name + .com

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20 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Hi Ameena,

Well welcome to my blog and thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

You are most welcome and I have to change my photos too. I think for businesses not being able to put our URL’s up is taking this a little too far. We have business pages for a reason and I would think that would apply but obviously Facebook says no. Darn them…

We better get to work girl.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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21 Steve Borek
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

So many rules of what not to do.

I still see many using there personal page as the business page. What I don’t care for are those that put the type of business they conduct as part of their business. That’s someone I wouldn’t want to do business with.

I’ll be jumping into the Facebook impression ad pool soon. I’ll let you know what happens.
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22 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Hi Steve,

Yeah, I know… Like you said though, I can see why they would have to put stricter rules in place. So many people when they first got started and there were no business pages used their personal page. They never switched over because they had a good following built up. Now if they don’t change that then their page will be deleted. Yikes!!!

Ah, you’re jumping in huh! It’s a hard nut to crack. There is so much involved so I’ll definitely wish you the best luck with that. Please do let me know how it goes.

~Adrienne

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23 Steve Borek
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Sounds like you’ve had experience with FB ads. If so, care to share?
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24 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I got a lot of clicks but no conversions. There is an art to ads and if you don’t do them right you’ll be in the same boat I was. I’m no expert on them which is why I learned my lesson early on. The one thing I can share is you have to keep people on Facebook and not take them off the site. People are on Facebook for a reason so if you introduce them to something and then take them to a squeeze page, you’ll soon find that you won’t be getting those conversions either.

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25 Alexis January 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

No experience with FB ads but when I looked into it they were really expensive (far more than pay per click with Adwords). I did experiment with promoted posts which I don’t be doing again. Your post becomes visible to way more people but FB doesn’t guarantee clicks. I think I ended up with 3 new likes and spent $10. So definitely not for me!

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26 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Hi Alexis,

I’ve done Facebook ads but there’s an art to it. At the time I used them they were pretty cheap. I’m pretty sure though that they’ve continued to raise their price if you’re now saying they are more then PPC. You have to keep people on Facebook and not take them off. That’s where a lot of people go wrong.

I’ve never done the promoted posts because I just have a certain reach. I prefer spending my money elsewhere.

I appreciate your comment, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

~Adrienne

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27 Jon Barry
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Hi Adrienne

Very interesting news, I didn’t not have a clue… Did I miss an email or an advert? (I run FB purity so miss all ads!)

Agree with most of what they say, or agreed to it when putting up my covers…. Where most didn’t follow the rules!

Now, Interesting you say that Facebook will need to make more money…. We may think they make enough, but what business doesn’t want to have a bigger turnover over the previous year?

Simple earner no1.

Oh dear, your cover has more than 20%, but was less than 40%…..

Well, we can let you use our Cover++ service,for only $1 a month! No need to payout for expensive graphic work again!

And carry on….. How much have I made so far?

Thanks for the info again!

Jon Barry
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28 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Hey Jon,

Yep, the buzz has been going on most of last week about these new rules coming down the pipeline.

Any company that is in business to succeed wants to continue heading in that direction. Once they stall out then that’s the beginning of the end. Now that they have investors to answer to they are making sure they continue going down the money making path. Obviously they feel these rules will help.

Everyone definitely needs to revisit the cover issue. As long as yours is unique then I think you’ll be okay. If not well then you may find it being removed.

Thanks Jon and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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29 Atish Ranjan
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Thanks Adrienne for these Facebook tips. Facebook is not becoming a bit strict and started monetizing each and every thing. Lets see how it goes. I have started using G+ more than FB and its great.
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30 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

My pleasure Atish…

I’m more in love now with Google+ myself so Facebook may be chasing some people away. I guess we’ll soon find out.

Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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31 Jen
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

It’s funny how people get upset when FB puts rules into place and then acts on them. The contest rules have been there for ages. I still see not just bloggers but businesses putting together giveaways that are not only against FB’s rules but could get them into trouble outside of FB too.
We don’t own our community on these social networks. That’s a hard lesson that most of us have to learn. As soon as you think you do, the rug gets pulled out from you.

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32 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I know what you mean Jen… I mean it is a free community and we are able to use it. That’s like having no rules on your blog and accepting any spam comment that drops by. Without rules your site will end up being nothing but junk. Facebook is a business so they will continue to update their rules as needed.

The contest rules have been in place for awhile now, you are so right about that. I see these being broken all the time so I say good for Facebook for giving everyone their last warning before they take drastic measures. I have a feeling some businesses are in for a very rude awakening.

Good to see you again and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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33 Raena Lynn
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’ve seen so many changes in Facebook since I set up my account, that the changes don’t phase me anymore. I’ve always had my blog as my main hub, and I knew a long time ago that it isn’t worth relying solely on one social platform. When the new Timeline came out I read the rules and I follow a particular Social Media company that keeps me in the know of changes and trends. The first thing I noticed was so many people putting on their contact information on their cover pages, and I knew at some point, Facebook would put an end to it. Since going public, it was an indication that more changes would come and users will have to read and follow the rules, because I have a feeling there will be a crack down.

The most challenging thing for me and Facebook is to keep my profile separate from my business page. I feel like I’ve been practicing for a long time. For example, if I attend an event and post pictures, I can only post on my profile page if I want to tag. Of course I do it sparingly, but since the business page is limited in social functions, it’s easy to cross the line when your business is a combined with social activities. I suppose it’s time to pay attention to the changes.

Facebook is restrictive and I see a movement towards other social platforms going on in the business community. There are other choices, although we know by the statistics, Facebook is currently favored…for now. It is a free community and if we want to play, we have to play by their rules or leave. These changes come because people don’t read the rules, or abuse them. I think Facebook could have done a better job enforcing their rules from last year, and they gave enough time for people to do their part as a user, but many didn’t. So here we go with more rules and I would guess more bite. Maybe this will cause more people to realize the value of their blogs, which should be their “prime self-hosted real estate” and not depend on one social platform. Remember the old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

I could write more about Facebook advertising, but I’ll save that for another time. Happy New Year Adrienne!

Raena Lynn

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34 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Hi Raena,

Me too and I’ve ranted about it in the past. Just when you get use to the new setup or look they change it again and it’s like I have to start all over again. This time it’s just being more strict with a lot of the rules that were already in place but since so many people and companies have apparently broken those they feel it’s time to step it up.

I would think that posting images of an event would be okay. It’s promoting a business through your personal pages is where the crack down will mostly come. And for those personal profiles who don’t have them set up with their read names.

I agree Raena and I think Facebook should have been strict from the get go with the rules they’ve put in place. Some people have been slapped on the hand while others haven’t. I think that Facebook should announce their rules ahead of time and give everyone the opportunity to straighten up. If they don’t then do what you must.

That’s exactly what I’ve been telling people for the past two years. Social media is a great way to connect with people but don’t build your community over there. Get them to your blog, it’s the only real estate you own online. If you screw up and your account gets deleted, where does that leave you! Maybe 2013 is the year for everyone to get a clue.

Thanks Raena and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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35 Khaja moin
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Well good to se new rules from FB, anyway it`s not going to affect me, as I personally don`t use words “like, share” I don`t like, I just want to make it a place to get connections. Now I started connecting on G+.

So I don`t think I will have any problem, to be honesty I like these new changes as I`m fed up of such spammy promotions like, share…

And Adrienne thanks for letting me know about these new rules.
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36 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

That’s great news Khaja so these won’t affect you at all.

Just be sure that your cover photos are unique to you only. That’s going to be a grey area a lot of people may fall down on.

~Adrienne

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37 Margarita
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Adrienne,

As always, hot information about the new facebook rules. Recently someone told me that they were banned because of posting so many links. Facebook never explains in detail what the problem is. So we are always under the threat of something happening.

I was banned a month ago for friending people who I don’t know. I am always so careful about it. As a result, i send messages first and ask. If I have more than a 100 mutual friends, then I can send a request.

Also I have to make sure about my header. It does not have any text, but I do not have the copyright. The artist is a friend of mine and she knows that her art is on my page, but still have to check on it.

I was not aware that I can be punished for getting likes too quickly. Wow, you are right. Our own blog is our real property.

Thank you!
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38 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Hi Margarita,

The rules are on Facebook for everyone to read. When they come out with new rules they post a notice at the top of each person’s newsfeed when they first log in. If those people don’t go read the rules then they deserve to be banned. That’s how I feel about it. It’s our responsibility to make sure we abide by them.

Ah, that has gotten a lot of people in trouble. That’s never been an issue with me thank goodness. Lesson learned though right!

Yeah, that’s going to be an area we all may have difficulty with. Not really being sure exactly what Facebook will allow and what it won’t. I can interpret that one way but it could be another. Guess we’ll soon find out.

Thank you Margarita and you have a fabulous week.

~Adrienne

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39 Susanne January 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Thanks for sharing. I don’t use Facebook lots but I got the idea from another blog friend to make a page for my music blog. But really, I think Facebook sucks and I mainly browse it, leave comments to friends, but don’t really post anything myself. I once closed my account, maybe it’s time to do the same again… You are totally correct when you say that the only real estate you have is your blog. That’s one of the reasons why I started to blog actually.. to have my own site where I would be the boss over functions and appearance.

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40 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

You are most welcome Susanne!

Facebook is a social site Susanne but so many people abuse it. I can see why they would want to put a lot of these rules in place but on the other hand, why have a business page if you’re going to be limited with how you use it. I know they are a business and are here to make money. They are definitely doing just that but if enough people start getting their accounts shut down then this might start to be the beginning of the end for them as far as that platform is concerned.

Guess we shall see.

Enjoy your week and thanks for the comment.

~Adrienne

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41 Aditya
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Frankly I’m so glad they’re finally stepping up. I see a lot of business pages that obnoxiously abuse these rules and now they just have a week’s time to mend their ways.

Personally, I just have a few problems to deal with, like my personal page cover photo which is that of a footballer and my business page cover photo which has the website link.

Oh yeah, I wanted to ask – Is it okay if we have the twitter username in the cover photo?

All in all, they don’t affect me much because I haven’t abused their rules by any means and let’s admit it, they have been bringing in a lot of changes every now and then that they aren’t freaking us out anymore.

But looks like this time they’re gonna up the ante. Let’s see the public reaction to this because of course they have to answer to investors too now.

A very worthy reminder, thank you so much :)

Aditya
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42 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Hi Aditya,

I agree, for those abusing the rules they put in place last year then they deserve what they have coming to them. I think Facebook should have been more strict all along though.

Yeah, the cover photos will be an issue for many. I mean I think that you should have your URL on your business page but the way they look at it is that those things need to be in your About section and not on the cover.

I don’t think the Twitter username would be something they would allow.

I think these are more for the larger companies and smaller businesses that are abusing the rules. Of course we still have to abide by them and I have a feeling they’ll have plenty of people checking out our profiles.

Thanks for your comment Aditya! Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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43 Clarence January 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for posting all these facebook changes. There can be so many changes that it is hard to keep track and looking at your post I can say that some of them I have not even come accross.
I don’t want to be doing something that is violating the rules without knowing it and end up getting banned so your post really helped bring me up to date.

Thanks again!
Clarence

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44 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Hi Clarence,

My pleasure, you are very welcome.

I know, they are always changing something but as long as we are aware and make sure we are following the rules then we should be okay.

Thank you for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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45 Nicky
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hey Adrienne
Well Facebook is …. exactly as you say ….. their own and so they can do what they darned well like I guess. Pleased to see that I think I am compliant at the moment, but who knows what they will change in the future.

One thing about Facebook is that you just have to embrace change and get on with it – which is not too shabby to live by in my book!

Great post as usual Adrienne,
Nicky
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46 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Hey Nicky,

Great to see you again! Hope your year got off to a great start.

Yep, just like our blogs Nicky. They belong to us and we make the rules. If you don’t play nice then you can’t stop by anymore. Facebook has every right to do what they want and since they’re free, we have to play by the rules or go someplace else.

I agree, we just need to accept them and move on.

Thank you for stopping by and you have a fabulous week.

Happy New Year!

~Adrienne

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47 Ruth Zive
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Our clients break these rules all the time! I can’t tell you how many businesses we come across functioning as personal profiles. This is a great reminder – I’m sharing all over since I think that people take for granted that everything is fair game on Facebook. Thanks Adrienne for an informative post!

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48 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Oh no, that’s bad news for your clients Ruth. They will get their accounts deleted and then have to start all over again. That’s not good at all. They better start today or next Tuesday will be here before you know it.

Thank you for your comment Ruth and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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49 Ruth Zive
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

…what I meant was that they break the rules BEFORE they become our clients :-). We often engage with clients who were doing Facebook all wrong – interacting as a personal profile, hosting contests that were inappropriate and contrary to the Facebook rules and guidelines. But then we set them straight!

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50 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Oh, well then you set them straight didn’t you Ruth! That’s probably why they needed to hire you in the first place. See what all the things they were doing wrong and I bet they’re glad now.

Thanks for setting me straight on that.

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51 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks so much for sharing these! I don’t think I’m in violation of any of these rules, which have been in place for a while. I always live in the motto …“if in doubt….

I make my own timeline covers so I don’t have to worry about copy laws. As far as the call to action on timeline covers for pages you can cleverly guide your visitors to what you want them to do by designing you image so it guides the eye to the “like” button, for example.

The 20% text rule slipped my mind. Good thing you mentioned it. I may have to redesign Randy’s timeline for his mortgage business as it is mostly text. Not a lot, so I’ll be looking for that tool to check if I’m still in compliance. Thanks so much!

Always appreciate your great insight!

Ilka
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52 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Hi Ilka,

My pleasure and that’s good to hear. Yep, some of these have been in place almost a year now. I hate that most people are still breaking all these rules. Oh well, they’ll learn soon enough.

You are right, guide their eyes to the right place. I’m going to have to start designing mine too now. Yuck!

I’m waiting for the tool to roll out too. Even if we “think” we are in compliance, Facebook might have another idea about that. We have a little over a week today though.

Thank you Ilka for sharing that and you enjoy your week. Tell Randy Hi for me.

~Adrienne

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53 Chadrack
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Hey, I never knew there are new rules for Facebook. Frankly, one of my resolutions this year to put more effort into promoting my Facebook fan page. I have just gone to take a look at the page. I’m really concerned about that term of not having more than 20% text on the cover photo. I hope they let us use the tool to determine that and give us some time to change (if that becomes necessary) before considering remove it. I say this because I think my page may be violating this term.

Thanks for letting me know of this.
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54 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I’m not sure how that tool will work. Surely they’ll give us access before the deadline so that we can start doing something about it before the 15th. I think a lot of us are going to have issues with the 20% rule. They just want most of that stuff to be on your About page but who reads that besides me? Maybe more people will now or at least I hope.

Thanks Chadrack and I’m sure they’ll definitely let us know. You know, the notice at the top of the newsfeed is usually where they’ll announce something coming.

~Adrienne

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55 Chadrack
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

You’re correct there about nobody reading the about page. But what I really don’t know is why Facebook is becoming too restrictive. First they removed our power to use landing pages to build a list even when they know that list building is very important to any online business. Now, they don’t want us to put contact details on where people can easily see them. They don’t want us to use our cover photos to speak to our prospects. All they want is for us to put some beautiful picture there and then when someone who could be turned into a lucrative customer later on comes around and see that pictures goes WOW, feel good about it and maybe say so in a comment and then that is. But as we do know, at that point when that person goes WOW is really the time a good enticing message can hit home!

Sorry that I’m venting my anger here but is just choking what Facebook is doing. As much as they want to use to use the site and also use their advertising options, they should also open up more for us. but who is me that they should listen to me!
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56 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Facebook is in this for the money Chadrack. They don’t mind you getting customers as long as you’re paying for them through their advertisements or promoted posts. Any other way it’s obvious that they could care less. I would probably say that the majority of people on Facebook are there for pleasure and not business.

You can vent anytime you want, I understand what you’re saying. The truth of the matter is that this was inevitable and it’s only going to get worse. Case in point why you should never have all your eggs in one basket. For those who only rely on Facebook will wake up one day and be very disappointed.
;-)

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57 Mary Stephenson
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hi Adrienne

Happy Monday!
Thanks for the detailed information about Facebook. Since I am not really in to the Facebook of how it all works, I am probably not doing anything wrong, but will still check it out.

I know of some people using Facebook as a huge platform to their business. Another good reason not to have “all your eggs in one basket”.

My main focus is my website and that is really where you can be yourself. This might actually level the playing field for web owners, much like Google did.

Mary
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58 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Hi Mary,

Happy Monday to you as well!

Now’s the time to make sure you aren’t breaking any rules. I have a feeling they’ll be more strict with these now since so many others have abused them this past year.

Absolutely! Facebook is a great platform for making those initial connections but you want to take them off Facebook to your own site. Not a place many people want to go but you have to find a way or else you could lose all your contacts if Facebook decides to ban you. They have every right!

I appreciate you sharing this Mary. Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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59 Kesha Brown
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Yeah, facebook has been in suckish land with me for awhile especially after the “promote” feature, making us pay to target fans we already have! But I don’t complain about it since it’s free (for now; mostly)…this is why I’m a twitter junkie and soon to be G+ junkie!
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60 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I hear you on that one Kesha… Most of these businesses using Facebook are spending the money for the promoted ads but that’s not how I want to build my fan base. I am enjoying Google+ much more these days so we may see a lot of people making a switch soon. You never know, Facebook is still huge. Guess we’ll soon find out though.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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61 Shallesia January 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Good Morning Adrienne!!! And Happy New Year to you and your Blog followers as well!!!

Yes, my weekend was busy but good!! Looking forward to making 2013 my year!!
But as for the Neaux Facebook Rules, it is good to know that I am doing good and not imposing on their requests. I will surely forward this on to my “FB fam & friends”

Have a FABULOUS Week!!

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62 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Hi Shallesia,

Glad to hear that you also had a good weekend and hope your 2013 started out great.

That’s wonderful news and I’m so happy to hear that. Now, just share this with your other friends to make sure they aren’t breaking any and then maybe everyone will be happy. :-)

Thank you Shallesia and you have a fabulous week yourself.

~Adrienne

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63 Carol Lynn
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Considering that Facebook is nothing more than an advertising platform where we get to talk to out friends around the ads, it’s a bit disingenuous of them to tell us how we can’t do anything that seems like an ad! No text, not calls to action, no this or that or the other thing. I mean really. What they’re really saying is “We want you to pay us for ads so you can’t do anything that would remotely seem like one without paying us first.”

I know they’ve had that rule about how you can’t ask people to like your page or comment on a post to enter a contest. A ton of people still do that though. I’m not sure why that’s a problem but it’s Facebook’s playground so I guess they get to make the rules!

Time for everyone to start paying attention. You keep ‘em on their toes, Adrienne!
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64 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You are absolutely right Carol. Facebook is a free platform that we all are allowed to use. It’s a social site and they want us to remain social. If we want to get people to our business then we have to pay for an ad. My only thought about this is why have business pages if you can’t even put information about your business on the cover photo! I mean why even have them if you aren’t allowing any of that information. People hardly ever visit the About page. Okay, I do but most don’t.

I agree, the contest rules have been in place for awhile now although people continue to abuse them. I mean it’s a contest for goodness sakes but like you said, it’s Facebook’s rules and we either follow them or pay the consequences. Of course I’ve never done this but so many others still do.

People definitely need to pay attention to these for sure Carol. So they have been warned.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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65 Theuns
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Hi Adrienne

Thx for this info , I agree with you about your Blog.
That is your home on-line not FB.

Regards
Theuns
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66 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Hi Theuns,

You are most welcome and our blog is our real estate. I hope more people will start realizing that now.

Thank you for your comment Theuns and Happy New Year!

~Adrienne

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67 Allie
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Adrienne,

I have been thinking long and hard about what social media, Facebook mostly, has in store for us this year. My page is finally starting to take off and grow and like Annie above, I get some of the best visits from it. I am just getting tired of them changing on us. I hope 2013 means FB will finally just stop jerking us around. (I doubt it.)

Like you said, work on your prime real estate—-your own blog.

~Allie
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68 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Hi Allie,

Facebook is still one of my top referral traffic sites so you can’t go wrong using them the right way. I’m glad your page is taking off and you’re getting more visitors to your blog. The thing is, Facebook has every right to do what they want. I just wish more people would follow the rules they have in place and then they wouldn’t have to keep changing them so often.

Either way, I hope they are finally getting things in place the way they want them. We can only hope right!

Thank you Allie and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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69 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

This is going to be interesting. I have seen so many companies in Norway who are violating the rules, but nothing is happening. I am saying to myself that if what I have been witnessing in Norway had happened in the US, their Facebook Pages would have been closed. Do you know what will happen if Facebook finds out, will they just warn the company, or will they remove the page?

A lot of businesses have been using a lot of money to get their Facebook Page up and running, and if Facebook starts to remove Pages, what’s going to happen then? Interesting thought :)

I haven’t violated any of the rules, but the one about the contests is tricky. Many of my clients wants to give away things, and they want to just tell people to comment on a post and give away the stuff to a random person. That would be easy, but it’s not allowed. And, creating this contest outside of Facebook with a third-party app is a lot harder and it takes time and resources.
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70 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Yes indeed Jens, this will be interesting to see who complies and who gets canned.

I don’t know what will happen but Facebook is a lot like YouTube. You don’t get any warning, they just delete your profile and you’re history. I’ve been hearing about a lot of businesses that this has been happening to recently so it’s already begun. Of course they weren’t following the rules they put in place last year which is why.

There are a lot of top gurus who are charging big money to help business get their pages on the map. Of course a lot of them are breaking the rules so it will be interesting to see what happens. Kind of like hiring an SEO company to put you on page one of Google but they are doing it all wrong and you get slapped and banned. Ouch!

The contest rules have been in place since last year. I think maybe I would find a new way of doing that. But we’ll soon see what Facebook does but I’m just glad I’m not breaking the rules.

Thanks Jens and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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71 Jens P. Berget
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January 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Yes, and the thing is that a lot of companies are spending a lot of money with Facebook ads, and if they get canned, Facebook will lose money. On the other hand, rules are rules and they need to remove the companies that are not complying, if not, we’ll all be breaking the rules sooner or later :)
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72 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

That’s right Jens so if they are making money from their ads then they need to learn how to incorporate those the correct way and hopefully they’ll even make more.

That’s the thing, people are not following the rules right now which is hurting the rest of us. So Facebook needs to step it up and do something about it. Maybe those people just deserve it ya know! ;-)

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73 Donna Merrill
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Thanks for breaking this down in plain English Adrienne!

I’ve heard about the “rules” changing but didn’t quite understand the concept. Grrrrr
Just when you set everything up, FB changes rules again! You know me Adrienne, I’m such a snail when it comes to these things.

Just when people were telling me my blog on my cover wasn’t “clickable” I made it clickable.
Now back to square one.

I like to follow my intuition, that’s why I jumped onto Google+ Platform. I feel like Facebook and their financial problems are going to be changing and changing. I like to have one foot there and the other on G+. I don’t like putting my eggs in one basket and never did.

However, I do understand some of those changes are due to those pesky sales pages. I and I do concur with that, but gee wiz…..what about the many people that are using this platform for the real purpose of building relationships?

This is quite the sign that we need to be on all social platforms. Even if it is a challenge, we have to go for it.

As you said above, Our blog is our only real estate. So true!

Thanks Adrienne for the heads up on this!
Donna
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74 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Ah, you are most welcome Donna!

You know how they always say that when the big corporations get too big for their britches that they’ll eventually fall. Oh sure, they might get back up but never be where they once were! Well I have a feeling with Facebook’s public offering happening last year that this is their time. Now they have to make their investors happy because this is a business so lots of things will continue to change.

Some people will get fed up with them and head someplace else although they’ll still hang around. They just might not be on there as often. I so see that happening and like you, I definitely enjoy the Google communities better then the Facebook groups. I can see myself going that direction too.

It’s like when the Google Panda happened for all those content farms. Some of the bigger sites that were doing it wrong were punished and although we were using those sites and played by the rules, we were punished too. It’s the same thing here. We get slapped although we aren’t doing anything wrong. Go figure!

Thank for commenting Donna and I hope you have a fabulous week. See you soon.

~Adrienne

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75 Barbara Charles
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Wow Adrienne! This is awesome information but very scary. I know a lot of people will be affected by this and will have to make drastic changes on their personal and business pages. OMG what an impact this will make on how FB is used. They’ve now moved from the realm of the personal to business and that, in my opinion, changes everything. You see when everyone started using it for business, then FB got smart and they can now set the rules based on their investors. Sad to me. Another thing where Money and Investors have taken over a thing meant to be for ‘just regular everyday people’ and now changes will be made based on how much. So sad. I’ll be sharing this everywhere I go.
Regards,
Barbara

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76 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Hey Barbara,

Facebook has evolved and once they really started concentrating more on the money making aspect of it then that’s when things really started to get serious. Not that they weren’t from the beginning but they now have over a billion users so it was time for them to expand.

They now have investors to answer to which means they need to make more money. They are limiting us from what we can share on our business pages so that we’ll all move to the area of ads. That’s not happening with me and I have a feeling that all those people who are here just to enjoy themselves and have fun may get slapped without even knowing why.

More changes will come though so walk that thin line or pay the price. Hey, I’m walking the line girl.

~Adrienne

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77 Ken Pickard
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Adrienne,

I for one am glad to hear that Facebook is cracking down and holding people accountable to their guidelines. It seems the people who will be the most upset are the ones who either didn’t know or choose not to follow said rules.

The personal cover… I’ve seen tons of these miss the mark on these guidelines. Everything from call to actions to listing websites and phone numbers. Facebook is a great place to find and connect with people. It’s still free to use.

Great idea to post these as a refreshing to those who didn’t know about the rules.

Ken Pickard
The Network Dad

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78 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Hey Ken,

I would agree with you on this one Ken, Facebook should have been cracking down on these people from the start. I mean they are letting us use their site for free to connect with so many people we’d never have an opportunity ever meet. We just have to play by their rules, that seems fair.

The timeline covers are going to be a huge thing for a lot of people. So many either just don’t get it or they just don’t care. Either way they’ll find them being removed. Too many times and I’m sure Facebook will delete their accounts. Hey, that’s just how it is.

I appreciate your comment now you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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79 Jess brown
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Wow, I had no idea Facebook would be initiating more changes! I think I’m okay except for the 20% text part…my text is a bit big. After reading this, I think I’ll be doing some revising tonight just to play it safe!

A lot of time and money has gone into building up my likes, and I’d rather not see my page to bye bye. But as you said, our blogs are our real estate and now I just need to get more of my FB fans over to my blog! :)

Thank you so much for this important post!

I hope you have a wonderful week, Adrienne!

Jess

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80 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Hi Jess,

Oh yeah and I have a feeling they’ll continue throughout this year and next and the next. They continue to grow so it’s harder to keep a rein on things.

You have until the 15th and I’m going to have to come up with something myself. I loved just sharing different photos with quotes but that sounds like that will be out the door now. Huh!!!

We can still interact with people on Facebook but start building those relationships and try to help them so that they’ll want to start visiting your blog instead. That’s where we prefer they go in the end anyway.

Glad you enjoyed the post and you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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81 Tonya Stephens January 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Hi Adrienne,
So here we go again. I know I need to change a few little things on my Fan Page..so guess I better stop procrastinating. Thanks for the heads up!
Facebook is a great thing for many marketers so hope they don’t turn into a bigger pain in the rear.
Thanks again for the update.
Tonya

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82 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Hi Tonya,

You definitely have plenty of time to change some things around. A little over a week so glad I was able to help remind you of this.

I hear ya but I have a feeling they will Tonya.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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83 Amit January 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Great post. As i also believe that links should be earned from the unique style of writing instead of telling people to visit the blog. Just like on fb, if people will find the content interesting they will automatically like the page and there will be no need to tell people to like it.Thank you for sharing.

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84 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Hi Amit,

Thank you, hope it was helpful.

If only things worked that way it would be a lot nicer. That’s why some people have so many likes and shares. They ask!

Enjoy your week Amit!

~Adrienne

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85 Viola Tam
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I must admit that while I do have a personal and a business page, I do not know much about the rules. I jumped to Facebook to connect with more people globally in October 2010. Little did I knew that it could take away a lot of my time!

I am glad that I have later on found a training platform that have Network Marketing leaders to train us how to use Facebook wisely for business. I managed to upskill a bit and adapted to the changes when the timeline was introduced. I still remember how I considered myself lucky bumping into your site!

When people are just getting started, something like this post is surely of tremendous help to them!

I am good with my profiles. However, i do sometimes invite friends to like my FanPage. What is the line between ‘telling’ and ‘inviting’? It can be quite blurred, I believe :)

Viola The Business Mum
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86 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Hi Viola,

I’m glad to hear that you’re learned how to use your pages appropriately. Unfortunately though, some of these big gurus are teaching people the wrong way and that’s going to come back to hurt them by the time this rolls out.

You can’t ask people to like, share or comment in your timeline cover photos. When doing a contest you can’t ask people to like or share. That is the distinction.

Hope that helps Viola and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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87 Mayura
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Wonderful and informative post dear :)

I’m really happy that Facebook taking action on those and it should have done before. Don’t you agree? Anyway now it’s on next week :)

What hurts me is their way of promotion and advertising goes on the news feed. Could be of their new business model, but for me, kinda annoying like Promoted tweets on Twitter.

It again reminds me that it’s not tools but people who violate and abuse stuff. I’ve been commenting on a post for a while ago and I stated, personally if I haven’t had friends doing Network Marketing with a very pleasent mind like you, I would think it’s really an annoying and selling job for sure. Argh… Some people are just selfish.

I really like how you break ‘em down and very easy to understand for anyone Adrienne :) Really nice and I hope at least now people will take actions eventhough they don’t like new Facebook rules.

Have a fantastic week Adrienne :)

Cheers…
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88 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Hi Mayura,

Why thank you, hope it was helpful.

I do believe that if Facebook set these rules in action last year then they should have followed through with them. Why put them in place if you aren’t going to make people follow them!

I agree, they want people to pay for their content to be seen so you’re little insignificant information will be buried if you don’t pay.

People are the problem Mayura, you are definitely right. It’s not the services or programs that are horrible. It’s what they have to put into place because of all those people who refuse to abide by the rules. They will never go away I’m afraid so people will have to take more drastic measures.

Just wanted to give people plenty of time Mayura before this goes into affect.

I appreciate your comment and hope you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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89 Corina Ramos
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Hello Adrienne,
Thanks for sharing these guideline updates. The bottom line if we want to be a part of the Facebook community we have to play by their house rules. I personally don’t see anything wrong with that. I’ll continue to use it to share updates to my blog or other important information and start get the creative wheels and see where else I can promote my blog…like G+

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your week!
Corina.
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90 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Hi Corina,

I agree with you, if you want to use their site then you have to abide by their rules. Pretty plain and simple. If you don’t then you can always just delete your account and go elsewhere. I’m not breaking any of these rules although I will need to update my cover photo. I still have plenty of time though so I’m not worried.

I appreciate your comment and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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91 Brenda
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Oh my head! What? I just don’t understand all the changes. :( I’ve been trying to get away from Facebook pages, so maybe now is the time to just use my personal page for my blog posting or better yet, ditch FB all together. It’s always one thing or the other. I would love for folks to move over to G+. I love it there yet it can be lonely if you are left without your pals on there. I seriously think I’m going to take action though, make G+ blog pages and move on. I know FB is free and all but wow, too many changes all the time imo.

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92 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hi Brenda,

These changes are some they actually implemented last year but everyone ignored. The 20% text on the cover photos is new but with their warning they will now start to take action. I really can’t blame them Brenda but I will agree that I’ve been enjoying Google+ a lot more lately. Especially the communities. If more people start moving over then maybe that’s what needs to happen. For me though, I’m tired of all these people continuing to blast out ads and stuff. They need to be banned.

Don’t be too drastic on this decision. You probably still have a lot of connections on Facebook.

~Adrienne

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93 Brenda
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 2:52 PM

You’re right. I might be a lil to fast on the draw there. I guess I don’t understand the full extent of what some business pages are going through as the ones I visit, I rarely see anything out of the norm?

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94 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Some of these businesses who are really trying to get out in front are probably taking the wrong path Brenda. As long as we stay on the straight and narrow I believe 100% that it will come back to help us instead of hurt us. We have nothing to hide right! ;-)

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95 Brenda
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January 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Only thing I’m trying to hide is a few jiggly parts here and there. :) Thanks for sharing this Adrienne. Great info that I gladly passed along!

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96 Louise Steiner
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Hi Adrienne
Thanks for that post and the reminder about the 20% rule on the cover image. I need to re-design mine as there is definitely more text there than image at the moment :-)

As for the other rules being more strictly enforced, I personally don’t have a problem with them. As you say, there is nothing new here and I hate people using my wall for business propositions…and I understand that Facebook needs to protect itself when it comes to contests being run on it’s platform by insisting on a 3rd party app being used.

My only gripe is that Facebook is not very good at communicating their changes and many who are not involved with FB at a business level could be forgiven for not being able to keep up with all the rule changes. You mentioned in a comment that Facebook puts a notification out to all users when changes come into effect, but I have to say I have never ever seen such a notification. Where exactly does that show?
Louise
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97 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Hi Louise,

I’m with you, so is mine so that’s now on my to do list.

I think that Facebook is just trying to get those in line that are abusing the reason for Facebook. Like you said, too many promotions and not using a 3rd party app. They should really dive into these rules and understand that they will be penalized and if that’s taking down their page then so be it. You’ve been warned.

Oh yeah, when you first open Facebook and you’re in your newsfeed it will be at the top of your feed. You usually have to X out of that box to get it off your site. That’s how they contact you of changes coming so I’m not sure when they will notify everyone but that’s where you’ll see it.

Thank you Louise for sharing this and it’s good to see you again. Happy New Year!

~Adrienne

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98 John Jarvis January 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Thanks for the tip Adrienne.

I seen your post on Facebook. We are mutual friends with Barbara Charles and
this is nice to know so that we can plan ahead.

Social media has a lot to do with SEO and it is hard to keep up unless we pay mind
to tips like this.

Thanks again,

John

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99 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Hi John,

Thanks for stopping by and checking out these new rules.

I saw your comment on Barbara’s post so thank you for stopping by.

I think if we really want to succeed online we need to do what’s right. I know there are so many different routes we can all take but you just can’t go wrong with you stay on the right side of the path.

I appreciate your comment, thank you again for taking time out of your day.

~Adrienne

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100 Sue Neal
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I don’t think these changes will affect me at the moment because I’m not smart enough to break any of the rules! I only use FB at a very basic level – must admit, though, I groan inwardly when I hear about yet more changes on social media sites, as I’m still just getting to grips with the basics. I’ll add this to my ‘worry about it later’ list.

Thanks very much for keeping us posted, though, you’re always up to the minute with your advice – appreciated,

Sue
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101 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Hi Sue,

I know what you mean which is why I haven’t updated my training site. When I first created it I had all my videos shot and then Twitter made some major changes. I was devastated. I had to start all over so now I just don’t worry about it. Most of the behind the scenes stuff remains the same but the overall appearances are what changes. I’ll have to worry about that some day though.

Thanks for stopping by and girl, you’re very smart! ;-)

~Adrienne

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102 Sue Neal
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Goodness, Adrienne, I don’t feel it (smart, that is!)

I hadn’t thought of how frustrating it must be for people who’ve gone to loads of trouble making training videos – but now I think about it, you often come across one that’s ‘out of date’, and it’s hardly surprising.

I set up my first Facebook page on a training course and spent hours and hours on it, due to some technical problems with the process we were shown – then, about a month later FB brought in their Timeline – I wanted to weep!

Your Twitter experience must have been soul destroying – a credit to your fortitude that you haven’t let it get you down – what a trooper you are!

Sue :)
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103 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I almost didn’t create my training site because of that because I knew by the time I needed to update them all that I wouldn’t have the time but then I thought for the time that they are up there they’ll do some people some good.

I know what you mean Sue, you learn how to do something that’s foreign to you. You finally get the hang of it and they totally restructure the entire site. It’s so frustrating.

I was bound and determine to get those done but it definitely put me further behind. All of them are outdated now but my goodness, every six months they’re outdated. You can’t keep up with it.

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104 RobG
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Hello Adrienne great article and very informative, I’m not sure if I’m in violation of any rules but I’m sure FaceBook will find something to hit me with. There seem to be a lot of this going a round with these social media site including -instagram as I mention early.

I can understand their concerns but they really need to thinks over in the early stages not wait until things get out of hand then tell you, you can’t continue business as normal.

Example : Instagram updates their policy after all this time because they sold it to the owners of Facebook, then they say we have the right to sell your photos to advertisers, that’s just wrong and I won’t except that.

Thanks so much for the heads up as always a pleasure…
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105 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Hey Rob,

We can’t run from change Rob and everyone is bound to hit it every once in awhile. Service will change and the way they are used will change. We either learn to adapt to them if we want to keep using them or forget them altogether. Thank goodness we all have that right.

I agree but they implemented the majority of these changes when they switched over to the timeline. Where they went wrong is not doing something about it if people were abusing it. It’s like they picked and chose who to slap and who not too. Since it’s obvious to everyone else, maybe they had to finally take notice and once again just warn everyone to stay in line or else.

These companies are here to make money, it’s obvious that they are definitely not here to make the users happy. Trust me in the end, it will come back to bite them big time. I’ve never used Instagram but I would agree with you. I would have been furious and probably deleted my account entirely and never recommend them to anyone. Hey, their loss right!

You are most welcome and I appreciate your comment. Now go enjoy the week okay!

~Adrienne

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106 RobG
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Yes I agree with you I’m not going any were I just have to take a look and see were I stand because I have three FB pages one is for the family and the other two are for my YouTube and Blog.
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107 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Oh wow, three Rob. Yeah, no harm in checking them all out. I have a feeling though that you’ll be just fine.

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108 Carolyn
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January 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Hi Adrienne, Wow, this is great information, thanks for letting us know. I am not violating any of these rules but that makes me think that I was doing something terribly wrong! I guess I wasn’t making the most of my cover photo because I had so very little text and no URL. Silly me!

You’re absolutely right, Adrienne. Our own site is our little piece of the Internet puzzle where we can make our own rules. We should definitely be dedicating the majority of time in building our audience there instead of social media sites.
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109 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Hi Carolyn,

Ah, you were doing it right because when these rules rolled out last year they specifically said no URL. That’s why you never saw any of mine with them in there. They’re just reiterating some of the older ones along with the newer ones because they’ll be cracking down this year. I guess they’re finally tired of people complaining.

I love social media Carolyn but I think way too many people are concentrating on connecting with people there and never getting them over to your blog. I think a lot of people will end up regretting that decision.

Thank you for your comment, always great to see you.

~Adrienne

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110 Bojan - Alpha Efficiency January 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

This is an amazing list of new rules and regulations brought to us, by the asshole Facebook. Facebook is going on my nerves more and more, and in return making it hard for me to make money off of their platform, even if I play by their rules.

Me and my business have no problems with ditching the Facebook asshole overlords and focus on the things that are actually making us money.

Thanks for solidifying my decision to quit Facebook this year, at least in terms of marketing and investing my energy there.

Best regards and happy new year!

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111 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Hey Bojan,

Ah, I see you are NOT an admirer of Facebook. You know, everyone probably knew some of this was coming. As soon as they hooked up with some investors now they have other people to make happy and let’s face it. They’re only in it for the money.

Facebook is a good source of traffic for my blog so I won’t be ditching them but I will tell you that I’m loving Google+ more and more. I have a feeling that a lot of people will be feeling that way pretty soon too.

Thanks for expressing your “true” feeling Bojan. Not many people will. ;-)

Enjoy your year!

~Adrienne

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112 Bojan - Alpha Efficiency January 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Facebook is the second biggest traffic contributor to all of my virtual real estates, and it keeps doing it, without any effort on my end. So I believe that if I stop investing time in it, it’s going to remain the same, pretty much. People like to share my content, and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Which is awesome.

I am automating all of my Facebook activity, and I have some reach. I say that openly, that it’s only updates. I will engage if I see someone commenting, but it’s not going to be active engagement.

I will use it as a way to connect more personally with other influencers as well, but it’s not doing the thing for me. If you get me.

There is far more usability in the Facebook chat, than there will ever be in the Facebook newsfeed.

So it’s kinda different approach. Updates and curating them is a waste. They get bundled up with twitter scheduling. The true Facebook gold is in maintaining important relationships.

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113 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I totally get what you’re saying Bojan! I feel the same as you, it’s all about the relationships so without those you’ll be no where no matter what site you’re one.

I have a feeling that you’ll do just fine.

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114 Mike Maynard January 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Hi Adriennne,

Usual info, I was expecting this. I think a fee will be charged soon for business pages too. The ‘fees’ for promoting things are expensive and the amount of promoting for you money is vague. As I type this I can hear a debate on TV about US companies paying tax in the UK. Google and Amazon are being chased for tax, Facebook will be next!

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115 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Hi Mike,

I agree, I knew this was coming. Companies that are here to make money will continue to find new ways and make new rules. I’m not sure that they will actually ever get to charging a fee for using their site but I have a feeling that if you want to promote anything on Facebook now that you’ll definitely have to pay in order for your content to get seen. That’s okay if that’s the route they want to take and plenty of companies out there will pay it too. But, there are just as many that won’t.

Thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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116 Princess Shimari
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I have not been around for a while, but here you are, as faithful as ever in keeping us up to date on what is relevant in this online marketing world. A lot of these things were news for me, and I am certainly glad that you thought to bring us up to speed in the ever changing world of Facebook.
Thanks again, and I will be sure to share this, as we don’t want our friends and fellow Marketers to violate the new rules.
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117 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Hi Yvonne,

Where have you been? Hope everything is okay!

Yep, old faithful here at your service. Trying my best to keep everyone up to date with the latest and greatest news happening online. Okay, I’m not the best one for doing that but when it affects me I sure am on top of it.

I appreciate you sharing this post and great to see you again. Happy New Year!

~Adrienne

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118 Cynthia
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I do not use facebook alot except for personal stuff with my huge family. I have not gotten a lot of traffic from it. I did promote an article when that first started just because I wanted to see what they results would be from my $5.00 contribution. I am really trying to grow my site. Thank you for sharing the new rules, I would hate to get in trouble.
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119 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Facebook is a terrific source of referral traffic Cynthia if you ever do decide to give that more of a try. Just interact with people more and they can’t help but get interested in what you’re doing. I actually love the connections I’ve made on Facebook but we sure don’t want to break any rules too.

I appreciate you checking this post out and I wish you the best of luck.

~Adrienne

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120 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Hey Adrienne, I can always rely on you to fill me in with the latest rules and regs on social media. For that I thank you!

I don’t think this will directly effect my business or group, but I have passed your bloglink on to some people who will surely like to read about the changes.

Thanks Adrienne for providing a very informative post :-D Welcome to 2013!!

Dan
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121 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Hey Dan,

Ah, you are most welcome and glad I’m able to do this for everyone.

I’m happy to hear that so let’s just hope that anyone who is affected will make those changes quickly.

My pleasure and I’m looking forward to what this year holds in store for us all.

~Adrienne

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122 Robin Plan January 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Wow Adrienne, this came at a perfect time for me. I’m just now making a FB page. Your info, tips and experience will be of so much value to me and my team! Thank you so much for sharing and helping.

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123 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Hey Robin,

Great to see you and thanks for stopping by.

Ah, you’re just putting up a Facebook Fan page! Then this did come at the right time. We wouldn’t want to get on Facebook’s bad side right from the start. Oh yeah, they mean business this time. Or at least I hope they do. They’ve been pretty lax about all these rules.

Thanks for sharing this post and you have a fabulous week. Guess I’ll be talking to you again tomorrow.

~Adrienne

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124 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Informative post Adrienne!

I did read about the new guidelines a few days back on Facebook and was relieved that I hadn’t violated any of the rules so far. However, can we use any free image on our personal profile or does it have to be a one with our own picture? For the Fan Page I created one myself though it does have my 2 blogs mentioned, but they are just the names with no .com nor http’s, so wonder if those should be removed too? Rest of the things I’m glad I’m clear with as I was careful when they first brought about these changes for the cover long back. :)

Nevertheless, I am glad they are getting a little strict with their rules, which will only help Facebook get better for everyone I’m sure.

Thanks for sharing this important information with all of us. :)
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125 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Thank you Harleena,

I’m not sure exactly how the photos will be ruled. They were talking about copyright issues but I think what they want us all to do is use our own photos. They don’t have to be pictures of you but I think they would prefer them being “your” own personal photos. I think this one we’ll just have to wait and see because I’m not 100% sure. I think everyone is interpreting it a little differently.

I’m sure that if you’ve mentioned 2 blogs even without the rest then that’s more then 20%. What Facebook is wanting people to do is put all of that information on your About page and not on the cover image. They are wanting the cover images to be photos and not a lot of text. I think this will be a touch and go situation but they’ll have that tool come out so we can test our photos that way.

I hope they do get strict and stop letting these people get away with everything. That would be nice.

Thank you Harleena for your comment, I appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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126 Michael A. Buccilli
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Adrienne, I want to thank you for this post. I have seen some posts over the past couple of months but wasn’t sure if I can trust them. I trust your blog posts and now I do have a better understanding of what is coming.

I do feel a bit like my head is spinning some times when it comes to Facebook because it seems that just when I start getting my head wrapped around certain changes they decide to make more.

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127 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Hey Michael,

Glad I could bring these changes to light for you.

That’s the way things work these days. You figure out how to use the site, you get comfortable with it and things are going along great and then all of a sudden they change them again. It’s a never ending cycle and one that won’t stop any time soon I’m afraid.

Good luck!

~Adrienne

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128 Enstine Muki
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,
More changes and new things on Facebook! This means we are constantly learning. By the time you think you are getting it, something new comes up. I’ll have to go through this strictly so I don’t step on their toes.

I’m glad you shared it on your blog
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129 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Hi Enstine,

There will always be changes Enstine, with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, you name it. They are never ending and just when we learned this new updated version they hit us again. Oh well, that’s just part of life I suppose.

Thanks for your comment and hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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130 Sue Price
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Hi Adrienne

Thanks for giving us the detail on this. I am with you our blogs are our only real estate online.

I need to go and check all mine out but I know the header on one of my pages has way too much text.

It is always a bit of a juggle for any company once they have investors. That way up between investors and customers. And as you say it is free to us right now so we are not really customers. It will be interesting to see where they go with it.

Thanks for the details.

See you this week on our hangout.

Sue
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131 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Hi Sue,

Just wanted to be sure and let all my friends know about these updated rules just in case they hadn’t heard about them. Many of them haven’t and I was a little surprised to hear that.

I think the timeline covers will be our only concern. I’ll work on mine this weekend. Right now I’m not going to worry about it. Dang, no more fun pictures and quotes. They’re killing us here but as you said, Facebook is in this for the money and we aren’t paying customers.

Enjoy your week and I’ll definitely be seeing you this week.

~Adrienne

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132 Hale January 8, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Adrienne,

You seem to have struck a nerve.
I was interested last year when FB also added “No arrows pointing to tabs” even without any words.

I’ve heard rumbles of “purge” days where dozens of business came in and their cover image was “gone” I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more. If they are keeping score, then we’ll also hear more “My Account Went Away” – kind of 3 strikes and you are OUT.

Thanks,
Oh Hale Yes!

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133 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Hi Hale,

I think any changes Facebook makes is going to strike a nerve with people. I know I get frustrated with them only because I finally get everything down and it’s going smoothly and then they change it on me again. I know that’s just part of it though.

Yeah, I’ve seen the timeline covers disappear and I think they’re doing their best to warn people that they will become a lot more strict now. They should have been doing this all along though but more cries are bound to come, you’re right.

Thank you Hale for your comment and hope you are enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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134 Trish January 8, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Firstly, none of these rules are new, but it seems that they will be finally enforcing them. Even though you can’t add your domain name to your cover image, you can still add all your business details including your website address to the About section which then shows just below the cover image.

I often see people leave out the website and phone numbers from this section. A waste of an opportunity.

Thanks, great post, a lot of people don’t have any idea there Business pages are at risk.

Trish

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135 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Hey Trish,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

You’re right, most of these aren’t new. Just being reinforced. The 20% text is new but this is just Facebook’s way of warning everyone that they aren’t going to take this anymore. They should have been enforcing this from the start is my opinion. Why make rules if you aren’t going to enforce them.

I agree and I’m one of those who checks out the About section so those not putting their information there is really being stupid. Live and learn right!

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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136 Koundeenya
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Those are really nice points from Facebook.
I really think, they could have also added “less advertisements on page” because they are becoming annoying nowadays – sponsored posts, pages, recommendations, sidebar adverts, external website links and all that. They have been making a huge amount through advertising but they should consider the default user’s comfortability too.

And I’ve been seeing a video on Vimeo that had already gone viral. It’s about the latest design changes for the facebook, its something with tiles and the navigation looks just so awesome. Whenever i see that video, I just really hope, its true. Its much much better than the current static design.

Regards

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137 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Hi Koundeenya,

Thanks and there is no way they will have less advertisements. That’s how they make their money so they actually would prefer more. Which is why they implemented the paid promoted posts.

I found a little tool that will help all of those annoying things disappear Koundeenya. I wrote about it last year. Check out my section on Facebook.

I’ve haven’t heard anything about them changing the design. I have a feeling though that Facebook will never be done with their updates. They’ll be never ending now so stay tuned for update # 2,998,000. lol…

~Adrienne

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138 marquita herald January 8, 2013 at 6:35 AM

I really hate Facebook – oh, wait! Did I say that outloud?! Seriously, it’s not all of the rules – I can deal with the rules, and even the rule changes. It’s the attitude I detest. I’m there, and I’ll be the first to admit halfheartedly. I appreciate the “warning” you’ve provided – don’t see anything I need to be concerned with as far as my pages or profile, but it’s good to know what’s coming. Thanks!

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139 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

You aren’t the only one Marty! There are a lot of people who are becoming more and more discouraged with Facebook. I don’t know, I can understand why they’re doing what they do and I might not like everything but then again, it’s a free site.

I think the cover photos will be the only thing that will need more attention for most people. Just being sure you’re sharing your own unique image and not someone else’s along with not much text.

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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140 Ehsan Ullah
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Thanks for letting us know about some of the new rules of Facebook in 2013.

All of the rules are amazing for me, but one thing I would like to ask you about timeline cover photo is that will they allow to include a link in timeline cover photo? I’ve actually included a link to my FB page’s cover image.

All of them are great points.

Thanks.
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141 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Hey Ehsan,

You are most welcome.

NO links allowed, period! Only 20% text and that’s it. All of that needs to go in your About section. That’s what they want you to do, put everything there.

I appreciate your comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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142 Roger Shann January 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Interesting times are afoot. I think a lot of people are going to get hit by this but if played right there will surely be advantages too. Building a real identity that people can trust will become even more important than it ever was.

Thanks Adrienne

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143 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

And they will continue to be that way Roger… With each new year comes changes and updates. We either learn to go with the flow or be left behind. I keep thinking that one day everyone will “get it” but then again, they may be learning from the wrong people. We can only hope right!

Thank you for your comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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144 Deone Higgs January 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Wow Adrienne,

I had no idea about these new rules and changes on Facebook. While I don’t believe I am breaking any of them, I still believe this is great information to be in the know about.

Change is inevitable, isn’t it. Even when it comes to something like a social media platform. Fighting against does nothing but make the whole process a stressful experience, instead of a pleasant one.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of requesting engagement. I think people will respond to content that resonate with them. It’s a matter of sharing engaging material and leaving the chips to fall where they may.

Nevertheless, thank you for supplying this information to all of us. You should definitely be on Mark’s marketing team. You keep us more informed on what’s “goings on,” better than the team he has in place now. I don’t know how I missed this, but I’m sure glad there are people like you out there that keep us on the up and up of things.

Great share, Adrienne!

I hope you’ve had a fantabulous start to 2013, and that it only gets better from here onward.

Cheers and Blessings. :)

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145 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hey Deone,

Surprise! Well most of these aren’t really new. They’re just reiterating them because they intend to actually start doing something about those who are breaking the rules they put into place. I’m kind of sad that we can’t put quotes on our images now. Whatever happened to positive and inspiration! Bummer.

Change is inevitable, you’re definitely right. It’s part of life so if you aren’t happy with what Facebook is doing then go find someplace else to play. I’m sure they could care less.

Me either, you either like what I share or you don’t. I’m definitely not paying for them either.

Mark better be glad I’m not on his marketing team. I probably would get fired the first day for speaking my mind. I think I’m pretty happy where I am. ;-)

Thanks Deone for stopping by and you have a fabulous week. I already know 2013 will be a wonderful year for you.

~Adrienne

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146 Neamat Tawadrous
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing these rules and letting us know of the changes that Facebook is about to make.

I like facebook and I do most of my marketing on it but what I don’t like is that when they warn you about something and you don’t know what it is. The other day I wanted to promote one of my blog posts on my fan page and I used the promote button on the bottom right side of the post and immediately I got a warning in my email that I am violating the rules of advertising. What rules? I didn’t know! I did it before and I promoted some posts, but till this moment, I don’t know what rules I violated and I return to the rules guidelines to review it and I can’t find anything related to my post that was violating the rules. Just scary.

I guess I need to review my page and see if all comply with the new rules. Thanks for the reminder!

Be Blessed,

Neamat
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147 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Hi Neamat,

You are most welcome, at your service! ;-)

I will agree with you that’s an area I’m not very happy with either. I think that Facebook should like a support network and not just have their guidelines and we can complain if we want. They never hear us and they sure as heck never answer us. I know that for me we can interpret rules one way and they may mean for them to be a different way.

I’m sure that their support team would be working nonstop answering stupid questions all day long but that’s what you get when you put up a site like this, have billions of people using it yet no help when you need it. That just blows my mind.

Sorry you had that issue and wish I could help. I just don’t even bother with all of that anymore.

Have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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148 Theodore Nwangene
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January 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Well, I’m still somehow confused about this new changes of facebook. I think I’ve also heard it from somewhere before although not as detailed as you did here. But lets just wait and see what comes up next.

I don’t think it will affect me much anyway, it will only affect my cover photo because i think i have some texts there, but that calls for some changes.

I agree with you not to focus much on social media but pay more attention on building up our own business.

Thanks for sharing and happy new year. I’m happy I’m back to work.

BTW: I just mentioned you on my blog.

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149 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Thanks Theodore!

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150 Praveen Rajarao
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January 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Wow…I am sure there will be a lot of unhappy business owners out there if this really goes into effect anytime soon!!!!

I am certain that there are many who own pages which do not have their names but their business names to promote the same. Also there are many who promote their products and services and every now and then I recieve some hot deal if i like a FB page :-)

What about the RaffleCopter plugin that most of the bloggers use to hold contests and giveaways? Does that need to change to “NOT” allow FB page likes??

Thanks for sharing anyways…
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151 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Hey Praveen,

If the business owners were following the guidelines Facebook put into affect when they switched over to the timeline then there shouldn’t be any problems. It’s the people who have been breaking the rules from the beginning who will be in deep trouble.

Things will be cracking down for sure.

I have no idea about that plug-in and I would hope that Facebook would put out some type of approved list for third party apps. I guess we’ll all find out soon enough.

Thanks for commenting and hope you’re doing well.

~Adrienne

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152 Tim Bonner
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January 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Thanks for the heads up Adrienne on the Facebook changes.

Facebook has always been the site I use the least for promoting anything. I’m not sure why really other than I don’t really like the Pages set up, although I do have a Page. I’m pretty sure I’m not violating any of their terms but time will tell!

I tend to keep Facebook more for the personal side of things. I know I’m more than likely missing out on traffic though and I’ve had much more interest in my Facebook Page of late so maybe it’s time to rethink things in 2013!
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153 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

My pleasure Tim, got to keep everyone in the know.

Facebook is a great place to interact with people Tim who haven’t found your blog yet. You’ll have them hooked in no time at all. :-) You ought to seriously consider giving that one a go.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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154 Leora Wenger
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Hm, all the timeline photos I’ve done for clients are just images, but my own has some text. It’s good to know there will be a tool to figure out if it’s too much text.

Thanks for the info, Adrienne.
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155 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Well that’s a good thing Leora. Mine does too so I’ll be changing those this weekend. Bummer!

You’re welcome and good to see you.

~Adrienne

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156 Virgil Cook January 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

That was some awesome information. I wanted to thank you for letting people know some of the rules that are coming up real soon on you said the 15th. We still have time to make any changes if needed. Thank you Adrienne for being so informative…

Virgil Cook

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157 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Hi Virgil,

Welcome to my blog, nice to have you stop by. Oh and on the Facebook update no doubt. Yep, love to keep my readers informed of any upcoming changes that may affect them. Wouldn’t want anyone to get slapped on the hand. No siree! We have a week today to get things in place or we have to pay the piper. Or so we’re told that is.

Glad you found this helpful Virgil and you have a fabulous week.

~Adrienne

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158 Zac Ward January 8, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I have a personal page but I do not use my real name. I am known on the web as Keeper of the Mountain. It is also my youtube name. Is this a violation under these rules?

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159 Adrienne
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January 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I’m afraid so… They want your personal pages with your real name. If you don’t change that then they will delete your account. It’s coming so think about it or you’ll have to start all over.

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160 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Lovely Adrienne, it’s been too long since I popped by for a visit. I was signed up on your mailing list and I realized today I haven’t actually gotten anything from you in a while and so I came right over to see what wonderful information you have to share- and boy do you!

I just got home from a blogger meeting and we were joking that we should schedule a Facebook topic once a quarter just to keep on top of all the Facebook changes. How timely I came to your blog and see a topic more recent changes to Facebook!

Fortunately for me I’m not violating any of the Facebook rules for pages, and I’m grateful to know I’m more-or-less in the clear thanks to your post. *whew* It’s certainly a challenge for businesses to stay on top of Facebook’s rules.

It’s great to see your smiling face again! Have a grateful day!

Chrysta

p.s. I’m re-enrolling in your newsletter. Not sure what happened there!
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161 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hi Chrysta!

Good to see you again and hope you are back to your old self again. Long recovery process I’m sure and then the holidays and all. Hope you’re doing good.

Well now you definitely have something to write about regarding Facebook right! Yep, they’re at it again.

Most of these were implemented last year but unfortunately, a lot of them continue to be broken. Guess this is just Facebook’s reminder to everyone that they’re going to get serious now. Good to hear you’re on the up and up. I’m not surprised about that at all.

Great to see you too and love the new picture. Always a pleasure Chrysta!

Who knows, you might have gone through a clean up process and I ended up being one of those. That’s okay, glad to have you back!

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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162 Michael A. Buccilli
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Adrienne, though most of the changes that have taken place of the past couple of years haven’t affected me personally, it is however, a very good idea to keep up on what the near future is to be because it may impact me down the road.

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163 Adrienne
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January 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Absolutely Michael because if you’re doing something in violation of Facebook’s rules you’re only hurting yourself. Most of us are doing the right thing. Good to hear.

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164 Linda January 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Wow, what a list of rules for a place most consider friendly and desirable.

Like you said most of these rules have been in place for quite some time, yet big corporations are not paying attention – wonder what will happen to those and I wonder if they will apply it only to the smaller businesses, rather than the larger ones.

Should be interesting for sure.

I am not worried ;-)

Hope you have a GREAT remainder of the week, Adrienne and thanks for taking the time to lay them all out for us!

Linda

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165 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I know that Facebook has been deleting a lot of their timeline photos. When you go to a profile and see it has no timeline photo, that’s “usually” what happened to it. A lot of the personal profiles though they never switched things over and aren’t really active which is why they are missing theirs.

I’m not sure what their punishment will be but if they keep doing these other things I can see them deleting their accounts. I have a feeling they won’t be too happy about that.

I’m not worried either, I play by the rules. ;-)

Thank you Linda and you too! Enjoy what’s left of this week.

~Adrienne

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166 Lisa
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January 9, 2013 at 4:57 AM

Thanks for the explanation of the new rules Adrienne. They are always making so many changes. I wonder when the numbers will start to fall for them. (People using the site leaving.) or I wonder if time spent there has gone done. It will be interesting to see. And making businesses purchase ads will make regular users upset too. They don’t want to see ads on their Facebook walls and streams. (or so I hear from non-business folks). I’ve always said never put all your eggs in one basket and that certainly holds true for social media. You never know which site is next to make dramatic changes too. I guess it’s best to have your blog and email list right?
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167 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

My pleasure Lisa!

I know that there are more and more people unhappy with the changes they’ve been making and spending a lot more time on other platforms. They probably never actually deleted their account though but I’m sure you’re right. The visitors to the site has probably dropped. I know their stock went down after the public offering and it’s finally easing back up. I feel that the businesses will continue to pay but make it much harder on the little guys.

I use that app Lisa so I don’t even see the ads. I have no interest in ads when I’m on Facebook. Huh, wonder how many other people are like me.

Thanks for your comment, lovely to see you.

~Adrienne

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168 Ashvini
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January 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Facebook needs to be very careful now that it is public. It would like to report the right set of numbers to the stock exchanges. Facebook is an incredible website. I am there almost the whole day and it is a great place to meet new people. However it has spawned a number of fake ids and that is what is giving Facebook the nightmares. We are like inventory to them and a lot of false items will mean inventory calculations will be flawed. This is what even google did last year( in all Panda and Penguin updates ) when they cleared their inventory from spammers.
I guess these rules are going to get strict over time and it will be far more difficult to get around them ( at least for spammers). However in my opinion being very strict with these rules will also make people go somewhere else. There are a lot of people who want to express their opinions on politics and many other issues and Facebook is a great place to start discussion, without revealing the identity. In many countries closing those channels will mean end of discussion and participation. Fortunately twitter has not yet closed down fake accounts ( they cannot be termed as fake just only those who don’t want to be identified).
However all legit business probably will have to follow these rules and I think if one wants to be of a certain point of view FB is not the right place to be .
I agree with you 100% that the only reliable thing in our online world is our own website. We should curate it as much as possible.
Also thank you for putting us on alert about these rules . I appreciate :)
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169 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Hi Ashvini,

You are SO right Ashvini, Facebook now has investors to answer to which is why their stock probably plummeted when all of that took place. They have to make sure they remain on the up and up or that could come back to bite them. They’re a business so if they aren’t making lots of money then they might as well quit.

Again you are right. They will continue updating their policies and rules but they will just get more and more strict. I’m actually glad they are shutting down the fake accounts and I can’t wait until Twitter does the same thing. That day IS coming.

Thank you Ashvini for sharing your thoughts with us. I definitely agree with you and I’m going to stick around Facebook some more but I’m loving other sites even more now.

You have a fabulous rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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170 Trish January 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m curious as to how you come to learn of these upcoming changes scheduled for Facebook?

Thanks,
Trish

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171 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Hi Trish,

Ah, it’s really all over the internet and if you’re a blogger like I am you run across some of the bigger blogs who have already heard the news. I just do more research until I get all the facts and then report them.

~Adrienne

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172 Dean Thompson
Twitter:
January 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Hi Adrienne,

A big thank you for letting us know about this.

I, like most marketers, have made plans for this coming year. Some of those plans involved Facebook. After reading your article I’m going to have to tweak them a little.

I realise it’s their choice but I wish Facebook, and Google for that matter, would explain why they’re making the rule changes – it’s so frustrating and some of the changes seem unnecessary.

It seems people are always having to jump through hoops every few months.

I do like what you say about your main piece of online real estate being your blog. My blog was always going to be central to my plans but you’ve certainly underlined the importance of blogs and blogging for this coming year and beyond.

Thanks for the heads up on this Adrienne.

Regards,
Dean.

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173 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hi Dean,

Ah, my pleasure. Anytime!

It’s just my opinion of course but Google and Facebook are here to make money. Honestly, they don’t care as much for the users who don’t invest in advertising as much as they do for those that do. I’m thinking they are catering more to them then us. Just my thoughts of course.

I know that anyone on social media knows that their blog or any site they own is the only real piece of real estate they own and have control over. Putting yourself out in front of others through the social media platform is important. But those who are putting all their eggs in one basket and not building those relationships with their followers and getting them to their sites are going to be in for a very rude awakening some day. I feel for them really so our main goal should always be to get them to our sites.

Thank you Dean for sharing this, I appreciate your comment.

Good luck!

~Adrienne

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174 Sue Worthington January 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Hi Adrienne

Oh goodness, I spend my whole life learning these things and I have a hard time keeping up with changes – no wonder the regular business owner has trouble.

As you know Adrienne I keep trying to educate but maybe people just think they will never get found?

Will be sharing your post, and will be continuing to try to share this information in the hope that there are at least a few business owners out there, who are currently violating the rules, who we can reach and who will actually listen and take action in order to minimise the risk to their accounts.

And yes your are right (self hosted) blogging rules :)

Much respect
Have a great weekend
Sue
x

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175 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Hi Sue,

Yeah, keeping up with what’s happening now can sometimes be overwhelming.

I think a lot of people just don’t care Sue. Their thoughts are that Facebook has a billion users so how can they keep up with them all. Well apparently they can because several businesses have had their timeline covers taken down so if they continue to violate other rules I’m sure Facebook, like YouTube, has no problem deleting their accounts with no warnings.

If those businesses continue to break the rules Sue they will definitely regret not having listened to you. I would hope that they would be smart about it. This is Facebook’s warning that the rules they put in place last year have continuously been broke so they are sending one more reminder that you have been warned. Now with the 20% text rule in the photos along with them preferring that they are your own, we’ll just see who gets a rude awakening. I know I’m good!

Thank you for your comment Sue and good luck with that. You could get a lot of good business from this. :-)

You have a wonderful weekend as well, I most definitely will.

~Adrienne

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176 Rosalind Green January 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Thanks for the reminder, Adrienne. Facebook is constantly changing and this is a great “nudge” to bloggers and marketers alike that some of these things were already in place, even though they’ve been ignored. I guess it’s time for everybody to start taking note and remember to “follow the FB rules”… or there’s a price to be paid… and it may not be pretty!

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177 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Hi Rosalind,

My pleasure, any time.

I agree, this is Facebook’s reminder that you’ve been breaking the rules we put into place last year so this is your last warning before we take drastic measures. If you don’t straighten up then you’ll have to pay the consequences. Personally, I prefer playing by the rules so I can only hope that everyone else will start now as well if they know what’s good for them.

Thank you Rosalind for your comment.

~Adrienne

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178 Cararta
Twitter:
January 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Maybe I’d better remove my dinner Plate from my header for Artagene on Facebook!
It is Public Domain from the USDA promoting good eating habits, but who can tell?

I read most of these from an email I received from Facebook, but like someone above said,
My head is scrambled! I find dealing with Facebook and their apps a real pain.

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179 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Hi Carata,

I’m not sure how strict Facebook will be about public domain images. I mean the ones I share I’ve either purchased or gotten from a free site. From what I’ve been told, they would prefer them being your own images so I’m not quite sure how this particular thing will play out. At least you received a message from them, I haven’t.

~Adrienne

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180 Liza
Twitter:
January 12, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I can’t believe that they have a rule on text! I’m a huge fan of typography, and that’s just… I don’t know. I really dislike Facebook, but it’s what keeps me tied to my friends, classmates and family in one place. I attempted to make my own social networking site once, but it failed miserably because of the server space and bandwidth need — as well as the lack of applications & games. Oh well. Perhaps someone will make a great social network sooner or later… :p

The contact information is really dumb as well. I really cannot believe they added that. :L What the heck, Facebook?!

“This my wonderful blogging friends is why I continue to say that your blog is the only real estate you own (if you have a self hosted blog). This is “your” community so build it here and not on the social platforms. Meet people but get them interested in what you share here. Don’t be one of those who has taken the time to build up your social sites and have ignored your only real estate on the web.”

^ That’s true. I never really thought of my blog being real estate, though, as I have never thought of real estate being able to exist on the web! Mine is self-hosted… I have a few different sites, actually, and all of them are self-hosted. I also love my host, because I’m free to do everything and anything listed in the amendments. Other hosts have told me to go elsewhere because I’d blog about more than just design, personal things, religion, etc/about things they didn’t care to read about/like/etc. Professional hosts haven’t really treated me nicely, either, so I’m quite grateful for this one. :)

Thanks for the post. I didn’t know about the changes. :L Ugh.
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181 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Hi Liza,

Yep, that’s their latest update to their rules. All the other updates were put into place last year actually Liza but since people continue to break their rules they’re giving everyone one more shot before they delete their profiles. Whether we like it or not, we have to follow the rules if we want to continue using their site. That’s the bottom line.

Yeah, if you have a self hosted blog then it’s yours. All yours to do with how you please. I have never heard of a hosting service putting restrictions on what you blog about. In my mind they would have nothing to do with that. But, your blog is your home and you want people to stop by there instead of direct them to you Facebook page. I mean it’s cool to get fans and friends but you really want them on your blog.

I appreciate your comment and welcome to my blog. Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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182 Rajkumar Jonnala January 13, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Facebook like Google started to corner their followers. This will have a hug impact on the start up business people, as they are using Facebook to promote their products. This is not going to happen easily after the rule come into existence.

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183 Adrienne
Twitter:
January 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Facebook overall is a business Rajikumar so small businesses can promote their products through their business pages. But if they want their information to be seen by the masses they will have to pay for them.

Only time will tell.

~Adrienne

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184 Melanie Legaspi
Twitter:
February 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Wow I actually didn’t know some of these. Aw shucks, now I have to go and read their terms of agreement on hosting contests. I was planning on holding some type of contest to give away products. Now I may need to rethink that.

Thanks for letting us know about these changes!
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185 Adrienne
Twitter:
February 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Surprise! Yep, they have been implemented now so be sure to read about that because that’s actually been in place for awhile but they’ve had so many problems with people that they will be enforcing it rather heavily now.

Hope you already have everything in place Melanie. Good luck!

~Adrienne

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186 Malika Bourne
Twitter:
August 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Adrienne,I am glad to get this from a trusted source, you. I boycotted Facebook for most of the year. then I HAD to read and respond on one page and Facebook welcomed me back. I did miss a lot.
I LIKE the fact that that you can’t make people LIKE their page, sort of.
My facebook is a mess, still. I have to say that not being on for 6 month a lot of garbage I have no idea how it showed up there is now gone. You said business and personal should be separate’ I have procrastinated that one. I don’t know how to get started, really, in how to separate it.
thanks for the valuable information!

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187 Adrienne
Twitter:
August 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Facebook is a great platform, I connect with a lot of people here so I can’t really see myself boycotting them. But I will be a heck of a lot more cautious now with what I like.

I really preferred it the other way around that they had to like it in order to see the information. But again I don’t really want to be forced to do something myself either just to read a post.

Let me know if you need some direction, be happy to help with that one.

You’re welcome and have a great day.

~Adrienne

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