Nivi · January 20th, 2010
I was surprised to see how many people get their news on Facebook. The fan page already has 677 fans. Check it out.
Here’s how we put it together.
How to get fans
I mentioned the page on Twitter a few times — that’s the first few bumps of fans on the left and middle of this graph.
Then I added a fan page widget to the sidebar on venturehacks.com. That’s the steady slope on the right side of the graph — about 12 new fans a day. Otherwise, I haven’t sent any messages to my Facebook friends asking them to “fan” the page — I think that’s spam.
How to set up your fan page
I looked at a lot of solutions for powering the fan page and this is what I came up with for my needs:
- HootSuite to publish tweets to Twitter and our fan page at the same time. It also lets me schedule tweets.
- NetworkedBlogs to publish our blog posts to the fan page.
- Involver to power the Twitter tab at the top of the fan page.
I also use tweetpo.st to publish our tweets to my personal Facebook profile. I wish tweetpo.st worked on fan pages because it adds pictures to the tweets and changes @names into real names.
(If you’re a complete psychopath, you might like the specs for My Ultimate Twitter Client, which also includes the instructions for my Twitter/Facebook workflow.)
Should I get a fan page?
I recommend a fan page if you’re serious about blogging and tweeting. Facebook already accounts for 5% of the clicks on my bit.ly links:
The top two sources are Twitter of course.
Twitter is my continuous deployment tool
Finally, I like to say that Twitter is my continuous deployment tool. If I build something, I release it that day on Twitter. That’s what I did with our fan page. Even though it took me a few more months to improve it and get around to blogging about it.